Innovation Challenges

Challenge Owner(s)
Cycle & Carriage, DFI Retail Group, Hongkong Land, PAMA, United Tractors, Zung Fu
Organiser(s) Jardine Matheson
Industry Type(s)
Air Transport, Circular Economy & Sustainability, Environmental Services, Land Transport, Sustainable Energy
Opportunities and Support Proof-of-Concept opportunities, cash prizes, exclusive access to Jardines businesses
Application Start Date 1 December 2021
Application End Date 9 January 2022
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About Challenge

Aspired to celebrate entrepreneurship and inspire the next generation of innovators and business leaders in Asia, Hack.Asia is an annual Hackathon powered by Jardine Matheson since 2019 to connect innovative minds including students, entrepreneurs, and the start-up community – to create technology-driven solutions and help address real world business challenges faced by the Group businesses and its strategic partners.

At Jardines, sustainability is integral in helping us build long-term business success and make a positive impact on the communities we operate in. This year, Hack.Asia is looking for a variety of skills to prototype new tech-solutions that can drive positive change and solve real-world sustainability challenges.

Key details – Hack.Asia 2021/2022:

  • Submit your ideas by 9th January 2022
  • Top 8 teams per challenge statement will be shortlisted for next round
  • Hack.Asia will take place between 15th January 2022 to 20st January 2022

Whether you are a Startup or a Student team, we have some amazing prizes lined up for you! Student/Innovator Track:

  • Up to US$5,000 cash prize in total
  • Internship opportunities
  • Mentoring & networking with business executives

Startup Track:

  • Up to US$50k proof of concept opportunity
  • Cash prize of US$6,500
  • Introductory meetings with Jardine businesses for potential business opportunities
  • Mentoring & networking with Jardine business executives

Join us now. Get ready to Create. Collaborate. Innovate. Hack for the sustainable future.

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Challenge Owner(s)
Zung Fu, Cycle & Carriage
Industry Types(s)
Circular Economy & Sustainability, Digital/ICT, Land Transport

Zung Fu Motors Group and Cycle & Carriage Singapore

How can we speed up transition to electric vehicle (EV) and reduce the carbon footprint of the Automotive Industry?

Transition to EV is critical to reducing the carbon footprint. However, availability of charging solutions is one of the biggest barriers to EV adoption for Singapore and Hong Kong customers.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for an app or web-based solution that provides potential EV owners with holistic information around EV charging solutions and other EV knowledge. The features of the app should include:

  • Charging options recommendations based on home or work locations
  • Real-time information on charging points’ availability, charging plug type and charging speed
  • News portal containing market insights, product information, regulatory news
  • Any other relevant ideas welcome

We hope to reduce indirect carbon emission generated from vehicles sold, in support of Singapore and Hong Kong governments’ commitment to phase out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2040 and 2035 respectively.

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Challenge Owner(s)DFI Retail Group
Industry Types(s)
Circular Economy & Sustainability, Sustainable Energy

DFI Retail Group

How can we reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of DFI Retail Group at scale?

DFI's CSR Strategy focuses on serving communities, sustaining the planet and sourcing responsibly. Based on this framework, DFI Retail Group aims to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and pave way for net-zero transition. Currently, 90% of emissions are generated from electricity and refrigerants.

What We Are Looking For

To reduce DFI’s carbon footprint without compromising business economics, we are looking for cost-effective solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at scale from electricity and refrigerants used in the consumer retail business of DFI.

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Challenge Owner(s)PAMA
Industry Types(s)
Circular Economy & Sustainability, Digital/ICT


How can we monitor and analyze machine condition via an app-based solution to help reduce fuel consumption for loading equipment?

PAMA aims to reduce total carbon emissions by 28% in 2030 (compared to the 2015 baseline). Reducing fuel consumption of heavy equipment, such as loader and loading equipment, can help reduce carbon emissions.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for an app-based solution to monitor the machine condition related to fuel consumption and performance in real time.

Through real time monitoring, we will be able to understand the condition of the machine (such as engine & pump), especially parameters related to fuel consumption and performance. The machine condition should be correlated with fuel consumption and performance to determine the optimum solution. We hope the solution can leverage machine learning to provide recommendations to help our staff determine when to do regular maintenance and/or repair the units.

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Challenge Owner(s)United Tractors
Industry Types(s)
Circular Economy & Sustainability, Digital/ICT, Sustainable Energy

United Tractors

How can we reduce carbon emissions and equalise electricity distribution throughout the nation with solar photovoltaic technology?

According to the International Energy Agency, global electricity usage is the largest carbon emitter contributing to more than 60% of carbon emissions. Efforts attempted by the Indonesian government showed that carbon emissions will be minimized the most by using electricity produced with renewable energy.

To support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and SDG 13 (Climate Change), United Tractors aims to develop solar photovoltaic (PV) plants within our business operational areas and other unproductive land assets that can be made useful.

What We Are Looking For

We are currently looking for ideas on new solar-PV technology solutions. Specifically, we are interested in technologies that automatically adjusts the solar PV angle according to the sun direction in order to increase the productivity of irradiation absorption. We are also interested in developing apps to monitor energy consumption and production output from solar PV for industrial purposes and household use.

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Challenge Owner(s)Hongkong Land
Industry Types(s)Digital/ICT

Hongkong Land

How can we automate the supplier and contractor due diligence process while fulfilling ESG standards by leveraging big data analytics and publicly available information?

The objective of this challenge is to enhance HKL’s work efficiency and heighten ESG governance on the due diligence and recommendation of suppliers and contractors. HKL’s property management team evaluates and assesses prospective suppliers and contractors for building maintenance and operational services based on a list of criteria, including but not limited to company profiles, project references and referrals, environmental and social policies, and code-compliance related incidents. This is a critical process for the effective governance of supplier code of conduct, a prerequisite of any successful projects. While some past records of the suppliers and contractors are publicly available, it is a time-consuming and manual exercise to retrieve, organise, and analyse these fragmented and unstructured data from variable sources with limited manpower and resources.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for a digital tool/platform that could automate and accelerate the supplier and contractor due diligence process by collecting and analysing publicly available information from various sources (including but not limited to court cases, online sources, and compliance reports) as well as generating meaningful insights to rank and recommend the most optimal supplier(s) and contractor(s) to HKL.

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