Innovation Challenges

Challenge Owner(s)
CapitaLand, Jurong Community Hospital, Lendlease Global Commercial REIT, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Science Centre Singapore, SMRT Corporation Ltd
Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Industry Type(s)
Circular Economy & Sustainability, Environmental Services, Infrastructure, Sustainable Energy, Urban Solutions
Opportunities and Support Opportunities to pilot solution at Jurong Lake District premises, and scale up to district and beyond
Application Start Date 24 February 2023
Application End Date 21 April 2023
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About Challenge

SNDGO and URA, with support from IMDA, are launching an innovation challenge for start-ups, private companies and research institutes to submit proposals to address complex urban sustainability issues covering reducing carbon emissions, energy usage, waste and resources, and achieve a car-lite environment.

Each winning solution gets $50,000 cash prize, and Temasek Foundation will also award a special cash prize of $50,000 to support one solution with significant game-changing potential on a pilot in Jurong Lake District.

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Challenge Owner(s)Science Centre Singapore
Industry Types(s)
Circular Economy & Sustainability, Digital/ICT, Environmental Services, Infrastructure, Urban Solutions

Promoting Sustainability Through Gamification

How might we design a system that promotes interest to monitor and manage sustainability-related information from multiple sources for visualisation and to encourage sustainable practices?

What We Are Looking For

Science Centre Singapore is looking for a gamified solution that individuals can use to track, monitor and manage their environmental data, water, energy, & waste data, home utility data, and individual commute, recreation, consumption, food/shopping data. This proposed solution should be fun and engaging to attract users, to achieve the following outcomes:  

  • Increase interest among users for tracking of sustainability-related environmental data.
  • Promote better understanding and usage of sustainability data  
  • Nudge users towards adopting sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint 

The solution should include the following features:  

  • Data collection and integration. The solution can seamlessly collect and integrate various data sources from Science Centre, JLD and users to facilitate data sharing and exchange.  
  • Interactive data analysis and recommendation tool. The solution is able to provide a simple visual representation and tracking of multiple aggregated sources of data. It should provide interactive insights into users’ lifestyle and environment, to measure and track their current sustainability efforts. It should also provide recommendations such as alternative actions that support and encourage more sustainable behaviours.  
  • Real-time Data and Gamification. The solution should allow for better exchange of real-time data among the various stakeholders within JLD, for user engagement improvement and benchmarking of sustainability efforts. It should also twin the gamification of the Science Centre engagement and provision of real-time environmental data for JLD, to create a fun and engaging learning experience.
  • Continuous learning and engagement. Stakeholders and participants should feel incentivised to incorporate sustainable practices including using JLD's walking paths, making sustainable personal choices, and carbon reduction by reducing water/energy/waste. The solution should promote science education and encourage ownership in sustainability practices for visitors by providing an experiential learning tool that extends beyond their visit to the Science Centre.  
  • Remotely accessible digital platform. Users should be able to remotely access the solution and data anywhere. 

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Challenge Owner(s)Lendlease Global Commercial REIT
Industry Types(s)
Digital/ICT, Environmental Services, Infrastructure, Sustainable Energy, Urban Solutions

Sustainable Energy Management And Optimisation Through Smart Automation Solutions

How might we design a smart building management system that can optimise energy consumption throughout the day while still delivering thermal comfort to building occupants? 
What We Are Looking For

LREIT is looking for a solution that enables Jem to optimise energy efficiency by adapting to changes in visitor numbers and energy needs throughout the day, without compromising thermal comfort.

The solution should consider the following:  

  • Real-time environmental monitoring and adjustments to optimise thermal comfort. The solution should assist the Jem facility management system in sensing, capturing and monitoring the volume and movement of crowds in different spaces throughout the day. The captured data will be used to recognise and/or predict heat accumulation in a location and adapt the intensities of Jem’s existing lighting (internal / external), cooling (PAHUs / AHUs / FCUs) and ventilation systems to optimise energy efficiency/savings while still delivering thermal comfort and adequate ventilation to all visitors / occupants within the various “microclimates” in Jem, so that they feel comfortable wherever they are in the building. The system should be able to continually analyse and learn from past data in order to adapt with increased efficiency.  
  • Data integrator. The solution should be able to integrate climatic/weather data from multiple sources within JLD to provide an accurate level of thermal comfort for visitors stepping into or moving within Jem.
  • Data analytics and insights. The solution should provide metrics / indicators that can be used to highlight energy efficiency, carbon emissions, Indoor Air Quality and other well-being improvements to Jem and LREIT stakeholders. It should give additional insights into Jem's energy profile and provide indications of where energy is possibly being wasted, to inform the LREIT team’s future action.

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Challenge Owner(s)
Jurong Community Hospital, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
Industry Types(s)Healthcare & Biomedical

Optimising Energy Efficiency For Healthcare Institutions

How might we optimise the performance and energy efficiency of existing Air Handling Units while ensuring good thermal comfort for patients and staff, and meeting hospital operational requirements? 

What We Are Looking For

NTFGH and JCH are looking for a solution that is able to optimise energy efficiency by improving the air side efficiency from the AHU through real-time monitoring and adapting to hospital occupancy, clinical needs and visitor flow, without compromising hospital operations, infection control and thermal comfort.

The solution should consider the following:

  • Real-time monitoring and adjustments. The solution should be able to sense, capture and monitor AHU performance throughout the day. The solution should be able to automatically adjust the air-conditioning system’s performance based on external weather condition, thermal behaviour within the building, hospital occupancy schedule and operational needs.
  • Interoperability. The solution should be able to seamlessly collect and integrate data from existing building management systems and/or other systems within both hospitals.
  • Data analytics and insights to consolidate improvements. The solution should provide reports and valuable metrics that can be used to highlight system efficiency, energy optimisation indicators, hospital service standards and energy consumption improvements to NTFGH and JCH stakeholders.
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Challenge Owner(s)CapitaLand
Industry Types(s)
Circular Economy & Sustainability, Digital/ICT

Collection, Aggregation And Reporting Of Waste Data To Improve Recycling Rates

How might we design a digital solution that can collect, sort, aggregate, and report waste data within the commercial properties. This data enables waste monitoring so that area of waste management improvement can be identified and strategize to improve recycling or waste reduction.

What We Are Looking For

CapitaLand is looking for a solution that can assist the sustainability and operations teams to collect and aggregate recycling data from various sources in their properties in JLD, starting with a retail mall (e.g. Westgate) and potentially the properties in the IBP. The solution should adequately measure recycling efforts to provide insights to help CapitaLand shape consumer and tenant recycling behaviour and incentivise effective waste segregation.

The solution should include the following features:

  • Data collection. The solution should be able to collect tenant information including the types of waste (eg. food, paper, plastic, metal etc.) that they generate, the volume of waste, the frequency, and the actual location of where the disposal/recycling takes place.
  • Data separation. The solution should assist CapitaLand in categorising the eventual recycling data. CapitaLand has currently identified the following aspects that they want information around: (1) presence of contamination and (2) potential for waste to be converted or repurposed for other use?
  • Data integrator. The solution should be able to integrate other waste data from multiple sources, such as general waste collectors (GWC) and other waste initiative or recycling vendors. Data collected should also be integrated back to our Environment Tracking System and other platform like tenant portal for ease access of data by our tenants. This will provide CapitaLand with a fused and reconciled understanding of their commercial property's current waste and recycling situation.
  • Fused information. The solution should be able to provide a single source of information that CapitaLand can use to understand recycling rates, types of waste and recyclables, and proportions of recyclables. 
  • Consolidate improvements. The solution should provide reports and valuable metrics to CapitaLand and its stakeholders that can be used to guide strategies and initiatives to improve recycling rates and minimise waste. 
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Challenge Owner(s)SMRT Corporation Ltd
Industry Types(s)
Digital/ICT, Land Transport

Promoting Active Mobility And Public Transport Within Jurong Lake District

How might we encourage drivers to go car-lite and promote more Walk-Cycle-Ride modes of transport for trips within the Jurong Lake District?

What We Are Looking For

SMRT is looking for a solution that aggregates information across the various public transport services and active mobility options in JLD. The solution targets to change car owners / frequent drivers’ perception of public transport and offer commuters better interaction with SMRT’s offerings.

The solution may consider the following:

  • Aggregate and propose viable public transport and active mobility options. The solution pools together available public transport options and proposes suitable transport and WCR modalities to promote a car-lite JLD.
  • Leverage third-party data. The solution integrates third-party data1 from other transport providers (e.g. from bike-share and on-demand rideshare providers) to provide a single point of information for users to access public transport information and first / last mile options (e.g. fully covered walkways) within JLD which are often roadblocks to taking public transport.
  • Personalised recommendations. The solution should be able to prompt suggested routes to users based on their usual travel patterns and departure time, taking into consideration the prevailing weather conditions and road traffic conditions, to help them make a more wellinformed decision on the use of public transport and their first / last mile options.
  • Provide new value to users. The solution should help make travel time more productive / meaningful, enabling better connections especially for people who must make multiple stops to get to their destinations (e.g. suggesting routes that pass through relevant MRT stations to help with access to popular essential services).
  • Real-time monitoring for transport operations optimisation. Surges in real-time demand for public transport can be flagged to SMRT's operations control centres within JLD for better management of the bus fleet and train system. The solution integrates the actual ridership data from SMRT to provide better routing and active mobility / public transport options for users.
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Challenge Owner(s)
CapitaLand, Lendlease Global Commercial REIT
Industry Types(s)
Digital/ICT, Environmental Services, Infrastructure, Urban Solutions

Pre-Emptive And Predictive Monitoring Solution To Enhance Safety Of Maintenance Crew

How might we design a pre-emptive and predictive water tank monitoring system that reduces the need for corrective maintenance work?

What We Are Looking For

CapitaLand and LREIT are looking for a solution that can help them to collect accurate data and predictive analytics about the water supply systems in their commercial properties. The intention is to integrate these data into their system to reduce the need for manual corrective maintenance and even when required, it is done in a pre-emptive manner where the maintenance crew can address the issue in a timely and safe manner.

The solution should include the following features:

  • Environmental monitoring. The solution should be able to collect information about the water tank and other parts of the water supply system (such as pipes). It must provide helpful diagnostics about the system that the facilities managers can use to determine the health of the water supply system.
  • Incident detection. The solution should be able to identify and detect affected equipment and location of the incidents and issues which are within the water supply system that requires attention from the facilities management team.
  • Predictive asset lifespan tracking. The solution should trigger maintenance or replacement work based on the predicted lifespan of equipment. Such assessments can be predictive, based on analysis of equipment lifespan and wear-and-tear information.
  • Pre-emptive and just-in-time inspection triggers. The solution should trigger manual inspections in a timely manner when it detects a risk in leaks or breakdowns, to reduce need for urgent corrective maintenance work.
  • Feedback loop. The solution should integrate with and provide feedback to the various facilities management systems.
  • Self-calibration. The solution should be able to respond to deviations in its accuracy and provide self-adjustments to readings and values. 
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