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#startingUP 2017 - #startathon [21-22 Oct 2017]

ideasinc, Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre, NTU

Saturday, 21 October 2017 at 11:00 - Sunday, 22 October 2017 at 17:00 (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)

#startingUP 2017 - #startathon [21-22 Oct 2017]

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
I am a Coder!
For hackers, programmers and developers.
12 Tickets 11h 35m $10.00 $0.00
I am a Hustler!
For business guys and entrepreneurs.
4 Tickets 11h 35m $10.00 $0.00
I am a Maker!
For crafters, designers and builders.
14 Tickets 11h 35m $10.00 $0.00

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-Organised by Ideasinc of Nanyang Technological University-


#startathon is a 30-hour intense innovation experience designed for programmers, engineers, entrepreneurs, business minds, product designers and makers to rapidly ideate, prototype and validate ideas.


Unlike traditional hackathons, #startathon emphasises learning and actualising. Several masterclasses are held during the event, on topics such as Internet of Things, Mobile App Development, Digital Fabrication, and Business Modelling. You will also be creating a prototype of your idea with the latest tools in open source hardware (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Particle Photon) and IoT development boards. There will also be equipment, tools and materials for traditional and digital fabrication, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and many more. Expect actual technology practitioners working side by side with your team to bring your prototypes to reality (not just 2 hour "mentorship" sessions)!

*Workshop topics subjected to changes.


Registration starts at 10am!




What is the difference between #startathon and other hackathon?

There are several key differentiating factors. #startathon integrates the rapid prototyping element into the originally software based hackathon. Tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, Arduino sets are brought for shared use. Instead of just having the Hackers and Business Guys, we also created a third group for Makers who have the hands-on skills to create the smart product. On top of all that, we have a series of masterclasses and its instructors will stay throughout the event to assist you. They are a group of passionate technology practitioners who would not just teach and leave.


Who can join this event?

#startathon is open to all youths (35 years old and below) in Singapore! You may join #startathon with your friends from different schools. 


Do I need to register for #ideastalk seperately?

No, we have integrated #ideastalk into #startathon's 30-hour challenge. #startathon participants will be part of the #ideastalk conference.


What are the prizes?

A prize pool of up to $12,000 cash!

First prize - S$3000.

Second prize - S$2000.

Third prize - S$1000.


SPECIALLY FOR THIS EDITION, we have Diamler and PSA unboXed onboard who will be providing 2 more cash prizes! On top of this, they will be helping you to work on real-world challenges.

Daimler's Top Pick - S$3,000.

PSA unboXed's Top Pick - S$3,000.


While the cash prizes may be attractive, we hope that is it the learning experience and not the prizes that is the biggest attraction! 


Do I need to have an idea ready before the event?

Nearing to the event, we will release the challenge statements that you need to work on. You can brainstorm and ideate to prepare yourself for the hackathon. You may also can do this collectively with your friends or team members.


What do we are the problem statements we need to work on?

We will provide several challenge statements for your team to select and then work on. This is to ensure that every team is on an equal playing field, with similar options and resources. Therefore, you may only develop innovative solutions that is addressing our specified challenge statements.


What is the duration of the event? Do I have to stay overnight?

The event begins registration on Saturday, 21 October at 10am. It will continue for the next 30 hours until Sunday, 23 October at 5pm. Teams are encouraged to stay throughout the event in order to tap on the resources provided by our consultants and to allow sufficient time to complete your project.

What do I need to bring?

Yourself! That is the most important. A survival kit list will be provided to everyone who registered closer to the event date. Some items to bring will be laptop and its charger, power bank for your mobile phone, water bottle, jacket for the air-con, sleeping bag (maybe?), and writing materials. Please wear covered shoes to protect your feet and toes from dropping materials, equipments, and even hot glue! (NASTY)

What resources are available for teams to use?

All teams will have access to electronics prototyping kits which include development boards ( A choice of either the Arduino or the Particle Core/Photon), a basic sensor package (Temperature. Light, Distance, Heart Beat, Pressure) and a basic actuator package (Micro Servos, LEDs, Switches, Buzzer). You will also be able to loan additional electronic components from an on-site pop-up store. You are welcome to bring your own materials, sensors and tools to the event.

#startathons are the only hackathons to have pop-up makerspace. There will be digital fabrication equipment (3D Printers, Laser Cutter), power tools (Dremel, Drill, Bandsaw, Sewing Machines etc), materials (Cardboard, Plywood, Polymorph) and design software made available.

Perhaps the most important resource will be the Consultants. These are experienced professionals in the area of hardware electronics, software, fabrication and entrepreneurship who will be assisting teams throughout the duration of the hackathon (not just "mentoring" for two hours). We have 12 of them this year. Many past participants have credited their fantastic learning experience at #startathon to our awesome Consultants. 

What masterclasses will be held during #startathon?

We will having masterclasses on Connecting Things to the Internet, Working with Sensors & Actuators, Android App Development, Fast & Furious Prototyping, IoT and Building Great Business Models.

Must my idea be original? Can I just re-submit whatever I had done before?

Our objective is for teams to generate new and innovative solutions during #startathon. Teams may come up with prior ideas but most of the execution/prototyping needs to be done during the event itself. How will we know this? Well, our consultants who will be with the teams throughout the day will be able to tell and if we become aware of such incidents, the teams involved may receive lower scores during judging.

What do you mean by the Experiential Booth presentation format?

Every team will be given a 1 metre by 1 metre floor space to create their experience booth. An experience booth should ideally allow a visitor to the booth to experience your smart nation concept in a tangible manner. The concept can either be a product or a service. Let your ideas run wild! You can see past examples of experience booths in this photo album.

Do I need to have a team or can I register as an individual?

Participants often sign up for #startathon as a team but if you're signing up as an individual, don't fret! We will have a team formation session right in the beginning where you can meet other like-minded individuals and form teams for the weekend with them. The minimum size for a team is 3 persons and the maximum is 5 persons. Every team must have at least 1 Coder, 1 Hustler, and 1 Maker.


How do I register as a team?

You and your teammates may register for the event individually and declare yourselves as a group on the event day itself. We do not have group sign ups so that you can still change your group and members at the start of the event. When forming your own team, do not forget that each team must have 1 Coder, 1 Hustler, and 1 Maker (with the relevent skillsets).


Where can I contact the organiser with other questions?

You can direct your questions via email to Please expect a three working days response time.


*Organiser reserves all rights. Subject to changes without prior notice*

Do you have questions about #startingUP 2017 - #startathon [21-22 Oct 2017]? Contact ideasinc, Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre, NTU

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Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
Level 4, Hall 403
Singapore, Singapore 039593

Saturday, 21 October 2017 at 11:00 - Sunday, 22 October 2017 at 17:00 (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)

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ideasinc, Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre, NTU

Started in 2009, ideasinc evolved from a business plan competition for Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students, to a start-up accelerator program which is open to every youth in Singapore. ideasinc strives to be a major partner in the nation's effort to promote and develop an entrepreneurial environment to bring about significant economic and social development in Singapore through home-grown enterprises.

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