UNLEASH Innovation Hack Singapore

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Join our problem solving innovation bootcamp to ideate solutions for Singapore’s waste challenge and win exciting prizes!

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Challenge: Singapore’s Waste Problem

🇸🇬 Singapore has a massive waste problem: only around 4% of all plastic waste is recycled, the nation’s only landfill is set to reach capacity by 2035, and COVID-19 has caused a spike in single-use materials due to hygiene concerns.

💪 As COVID-19 threatens to reverse years of global progress on the SDGs and bring the worst economic crisis seen in decades, discussions around green growth to reimagine post-COVID recovery is on the rise. In Singapore, the pandemic has exposed various social and economic fault lines, and as we begin to re-imagine the city-state’s way forward, it is important to consider the role of different individuals, grassroots, and civil societies in building a more resilient economy.

♻️ This means that in addition to delivering on recently announced net-zero goals by 2050, Singapore must urgently put in place pathways to reduce its material footprint and change the way residents produce and consume goods. With land constraints tighter than ever while waste generation increases, individual lifestyles must be re-shaped for a truly circular economy that encourages reduction, reuse, and recycling of all materials. Sustainable products and practices that can close the loop must be made affordable and accessible to all, and responsible waste practices must be deployed across the board to minimize incineration and landfill dumping.

Working towards Sustainable, Affordable and Responsible Consumption

💡 This hack invites participants to come up with innovative ideas to tackle Singapore’s waste challenge and to encourage affordable, sustainable and responsible consumption.

🌆 We hope to encourage participants to come up with innovative solutions and ideas that can accelerate the adoption of the 3R’s (reduce, reuse, and recycle) for different segments of Singapore’s society. We chose to focus on this topic to highlight the large environmental gains that can be achieved by minimizing material consumption, opting for sustainable alternatives and to encourage participants to expand the parameters of their ideation to different types of waste, various population demographics, as well as the relationship between consumption & production, COVID-19 and Singapore’s climate future. Participants will be encouraged to identify specific ecosystem challenges that are hindering Singapore’s progress towards a zero-waste nation, and ideate how these can be solved through residents and local businesses.

About the Hack

✅ If you meet the following requirements, we encourage you to apply:

  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to solving the world’s pressing challenges, especially SDG 12 and SDG 13
  • Possession of a creative and innovative mindset
  • Willingness to engage in co-creation with peers and experts
  • Proficiency in English with the ability to engage in discussions
  • Approximately 20-35 year old

👉 Applications are open at http://bit.ly/HacksSingapore and close on September 13. Participants will then be grouped into teams that will work together to come up with their innovative solutions to address Singapore’s waste problem on the weekend of October 10-11.

All relevant updates will be shared on this event page. Stay tuned! If you have any questions, please reach out to us at unleashhacksingapore@gmail.com.


What are Innovation Lab Unleash and UNLEASH Hacks?

UNLEASH is a global initiative committed to bringing the world’s top talents together to share ideas, build networks and create solutions to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNLEASH Hacks are localized, scalable and cost-efficient innovation processes designed to address sustainability challenges in specific contexts around the world. By leveraging the community and methodology of the UNLEASH Innovation Lab, passionate youth have the opportunity to work with local stakeholders and community leaders to collectively solve problems and contribute to the SDGs.


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