FAQ

1.

How does the competition work?

There are two categories in this competition:

Category 1: Secondary School Category 2: Pre-University/ Polytechnic/ Institute of Technical Education

Choose the category you belong to, and then it's as simple as forming a team of two students and a teacher from your school to act as an advisor to the team. Next, submit an idea that you think can potentially solve one of Singapore's real world problems.

Category 1: Secondary School

As a start, submit a short description of no more than 1500 characters and supporting documents in any of the following formats: PDF (not more than 10 pages), PPTX/PPT (not more than 10 slides) or MP4 (not more than 3 minutes) . Maximum file size allowed is 20MB. These documents should articulate the social issue confronting Singapore, related to the themes for 2018 – Active Aging/ Healthcare/ Social Integration/ Environment, your proposed solution and how your idea will positively impact the local community. The ideas should demonstrate innovation, originality and also leverage technology. Based on the pre-determined judging criteria, 3 winning teams will be selected.

Category 2: Pre-University/ Polytechnic/ Institute of Technical Education

As a start, submit a short description of no more than 1500 characters and supporting documents in any of the following formats: PDF (not more than 10 pages), PPTX/PPT (not more than 10 slides) or MP4 (not more than 3 minutes) . Maximum file size allowed is 20MB. These documents should articulate the social issue confronting Singapore, related to the themes for 2018 – Active Aging/ Healthcare/ Social Integration/ Environment, your proposed solution and how your idea will positively impact the local community. The ideas should demonstrate innovation, originality and also leverage technology.
Phase 1: 10 teams from Pre-University/ Polytechnic/ Institute of Technical Education will be shortlisted and receive $1,000 to refine your idea and resubmit your team's documents for the finals.
Phase 2: Based on the pre-determined judging criteria, the 10 shortlisted teams will move on to the Solve for Tomorrow finale event where you will present your ideas to a panel of judges.

2.

Who can enter this competition?

Category 1: Secondary School

All individuals aged 13 years old and above enrolled in Singapore as full-time students in a government secondary school are eligible to join the competition.

Please obtain permission from your parents/ legal guardian if you are below 18 years old. Prior acknowledgement of and consent to your participation in the competition and its terms and conditions is required. Click here to download the form.

Category 2: Pre-University/ Polytechnic/ Institute of Technical Education

All individuals aged 16 years old and above enrolled in a Singapore Pre-University/ Polytechnic/ Institute of Technical Education as full-time students are eligible to join the competition.

Please obtain permission from your parents/ legal guardian if you are below 18 years old. Prior acknowledgement of and consent to your participation in the competition and its terms and conditions is required. Click here to download the form.

3.

Why should I enter?

You can take the lead to address pertinent social issues in Singapore, and develop solutions leveraging technology to address various challenges faced by Singaporeans. Positively impact the Singaporean community today!

You will also get to hone essential skills in areas such as design thinking, product development and presentation. Competition winners can further develop your skills with internships at Samsung Singapore. This is on top of attractive prizes of cash and Samsung products.

4.

How do I enter?

It's easy to enter! Form a team of two students with one teacher as advisor and think of innovative and impactful ideas on how to solve a social issue in Singapore that leverages technology. Submit your entry to us right on this microsite!

Do remember to fill in all required fields and also include a short description of your solution in less than 1500 characters.

5.

What is the entry fee?

There is none! Solve for Tomorrow is free to enter, as long as you are eligible.

6.

What are the prizes?

Category 1: Secondary School

Each of 3 winning teams (one teacher, two students) will receive $20,000 worth of Samsung products for their schools.

Category 2: Pre-University/ Polytechnic/ Institute of Technical Education

Each of 10 shortlisted teams (one teacher, two students) will receive

  • $1,000 to build their prototypes, and present them at the finals. Of these,

5 winning teams will each receive:

  • $10,000 worth of Samsung products and $5,000 cash
  • 4D3N trip to Seoul, Korea (per team)
  • Internships with Samsung

7.

Do I need to be Singaporean to enter the competition?

No, you can join Solve for Tomorrow as long as you are aged 13 years old and above and are a full-time student in a government secondary school or Pre-University/ Polytechnic/ Institute of Technical Education in Singapore.

8.

Can I enter as a group with my friends/classmates from different schools?

No, your teammates have to be from the same school as you.

9.

Can I submit ideas that I have been working on for another project?

Yes, you may. The objective of this competition is to inspire more solutions that can help solve issues that the local community is facing. If you're already working on something for another school project or programme, you can submit the idea as long as it has not previously been entered in other competitions or made available to the general public outside of your school. Have a look at our Terms & Conditions for more details.

10.

What equipment, device or software can I use to enter?

You can use any equipment, device or software to develop your video submission. Just ensure they are procured legally!

11.

Can I use ideas from other sources?

Yes you can, as long you have permission and consent and it does not infringe the intellectual property, privacy, publicity or other rights or interest of any third party.

12.

Who selects the winners?

Category 1: Secondary School

Selection is done by a panel of Samsung executives and its agencies.

Category 2: Pre-University/ Polytechnic/ Institute of Technical Education

  • Shortlisting of 10 finalists – selection by a panel of Samsung executives and its agencies.
  • Awarding of 5 winning teams – selection by a panel of judges comprising invited business and community leaders and Samsung executives.

13.

How will entries be judged?

The shortlisting and awarding of the winners will be based on pre-determined judging criteria.

The most important things to take note of: Find a relevant issue to Singapore, use technology as a base of your solution, be original and innovative, and finally think about whether it’s feasible – we want to make your idea real!

14.

How will I know if I have been shortlisted?

We will email you the good news! We will also post the shortlisted teams on this microsite.

15.

10 shortlisted teams from Category 2 will receive $1,000 to refine our projects. How can we use this money?

We hope that all participants will have a fulfilling experience where you have the opportunity to develop new skills – whether in understanding product development, or learning how to market your idea.

We will provide some guidelines to the shortlisted teams on how to use the funds to improve your idea for the competition!

16.

What happens if I drop out of school?

First off, we hope you're doing so because of positive reasons like taking the leap to start something up!

The competition is only open to full-time enrolled undergraduate students in schools in Singapore. If you drop out of school during the competition period, we will have to remove your team's entry.

17.

Does the proposed idea really need to use technology? I don't know much about it.

Don't be afraid of the word technology – it can be as simple as a mechanical setup or setting up a website. The more important thing is to innovatively apply it to a social issue and conceptualise a solution that would benefit people in Singapore. Shortlisted teams will also get to work with industry leaders and experts to refine their ideas.

You can read more about Samsung products and technology here.

18.

Who can I contact if I have issues uploading my file?

You can email us at solvefortomorrow@samsung.com.