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Urban Prototyping (UP) is a movement where people from the public, private and people sectors come together to tackle the wide variety of socio-economic and environmental challenges facing our cities.


The first series of UP Singapore events was held in June and July 2012, in conjunction with the World Cities Summit.


Since then, we have organised over 30 of these “civic” hackathons or “coLABs” and dozens of related events for themes ranging from health and ageing to green issues and energy efficiency, or for industry sectors like tourism and the maritime port. Over 4,000 passionate citizens and experts from a diverse range of professional fields and industries have contributed to a more liveable, competitive and sustainable Singapore.


This pool of participants has grown into the now 8,000-strong UP Singapore Community.


UP Singapore is a recipient of NVPC’s New Initiative Grant in 2013.

 

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New to hackathons?

Our hackathons are intended and designed to be fun work events. They typically run over a weekend – from kick-off on the Friday evening to team presentations on Sunday afternoon. You will get a chance to pitch your idea and form your team, and work on your prototype with the help of experts and mentors through the weekend, before presenting to a panel of judges. You can come as a pre-formed team, or we can help you join a team at the kick-off.


We welcome people with different backgrounds and skills, so you don’t necessarily need to have coding skills – and we expect everyone to contribute to their respective teams. Many of our hackathon participants are first-timers, whether they are seasoned professionals or students.


We aim to create a friendly and conducive environment for all. Please see the UP Singapore code of conduct.


Got a question? Feel free to send us an email at hello@upsingapore.com.

Getting started


Each hackathon resolves around a theme, with specific challenges that you can tackle. So we hope you’d find a theme that you are passionate about and would like to get involved in. We encourage you to come to the workshops to learn more about the issues, opportunities, data and technologies. Have a look at the FAQ section for the hackathon microsite, which hopefully answers most of your questions.


Here are some tips for ‘hacking’ a hackathon. Also, here’s a video on how to best present the hard work that you’ve done over the hackathon weekend – to boost your chances of winning!

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