Learning Innovation Challenge

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To paraphrase eminent science fiction writer and thinker, William Gibson, the Future of Learning is already here – it is just not evenly distributed.

How we learn is continually evolving. New, disruptive technologies and the rise of Artificial Intelligence are enabling new and exciting modes of learning.

What will remain core to this Future is the “why” of learning. There will always be a balance between the learner’s intrinsic motivation to learn and the external factors of necessity.

By harnessing the power of the learner’s internal motivation and innate curiosity, we can create a more agile, blended and tech-enabled approach.

This will help us fuse ‘learning to work’ and ‘working to learn’. In ten years, the separation of work and learning examined through today’s lens will be hard to identify.

The Civil Service College plays a key role as the heart of learning for the Singapore Public Service. As it shapes the learning culture of the Public Service, the College is on a mission to create and deliver an innovative, inspiring and impactful learning experience for public officers.

The Learning Innovation Challenge invites you to co-create solutions that will help the College redefine the learning experience for public officers and enable them to embrace the Future of Learning.



Understanding what Learners need or want


Learning as an “omni-channel” experience


Extending beyond the learning programme

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Why You Should Join



Hear from the experts on the Future of Learning.



Collaborate with other innovators on your solution.



Pitch to industry and government leaders.


Get Rewarded!

Stand to win from a big prize pool of $11,000!

Key Dates

Pre-Challenge Workshop (Public)

Tuesday, 26 June

Learn about the evolutions in learning, and get familiar with the challenge statements of the Learning Innovation Challenge!

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Learning Innovation Challenge

Saturday-Sunday, 30 June – 1 July

Consult with expert mentors, prototype your solution, and pitch to a panel of government and industry leaders!

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Understanding what Learners need or want


Often, when the Learner’s needs are inadequately assessed, the Learners become disengaged and dissatisfied with the process and outcomes. A better understanding of workplace learning needs would help create a better experience by matching Learners to more appropriate learning interventions and resources.

However, matching is often hampered by our limited understanding of their profiles. To compound matters, there is sometimes a gap between what Learners think they need to learn and the skills their organisations need them to develop. We need to bridge this gap.

People support what they help create, so involving Learners in the design of the programme could improve their engagement and consequently, the learning outcomes. Other ways of improving engagement could include crowdsourcing learning content and offering short e-learning modules as a teaser (or even a fast-track) for longer classroom-based courses.

How might we better assess workplace learning needs for individual Learners?

How might we better design learning interventions and content by engaging with Learners and collecting and utilising data on their learning?

Learning as an “omni-channel” experience


Today, we have access to an array of technologies – such as AI, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and gamification – that we can explore to discover new, innovative ways to deliver learning. By experimenting with these technologies, we can better understand how people respond to new ways of learning and new content formats.

A key challenge for the Public Service is not only to create a safe environment for officers to ideate, experiment and learn, but also to provide ways to adopt and integrate what they learn into their respective workplaces.

We hope to reinvent learning, such that it is an everyday activity that can be done anytime, anywhere and at any pace, and not something that is physically limited to the College or their workplace. Giving Learners the freedom to decide what, when, where, and how to learn can overcome the perennial challenge that employees everywhere face – a lack of time for learning.

Consequently, “blended learning” should not simply be about adding an e-learning component. We should also consider how Learners can consume or interact with content on different platforms at different times of the day.

How might we use new technologies to create refreshing, engaging learning experiences?

How might we provide a “sandbox” for people to tackle their own business challenges and later, transfer their skills and knowledge to the workplace?

Extending beyond the learning programme


The true value of learning with Civil Service College is not merely in the knowledge and skills gained. There is immense value in the human interactions that take place at the College – bringing people from disparate organisations together to work as teams on real problems. The informal networks created amongst public officers can be of great help professionally. We want to encourage and cultivate such peer-to-peer support and community learning.

Also, cross-organisational learning around similar goals opens up new opportunities to solve complex problems collaboratively across the whole of Government.

How might we enable continued peer-to-peer learning and foster learning communities across the whole of Government?


If you have any questions about these challenges, join us at the Pre-Challenge Workshop or send us an email at


We curated some articles and reports to give you more insight in the subject matter of the Learning Innovation Challenge:


Pre-Challenge Workshop (Public)

Learn about the evolution and future of learning from the experts, find out about the challenge statements of the Learning Innovation Challenge, and meet like-minded innovators who might form part of your team.


This workshop is for the general public. CSC staff should register for the internal Pre-Challenge Workshop @ CSC (22 June).

Programme Outline:

• Learning Innovation at Civil Service College

• The Future of Learning

• Introduction to Challenge Statements

• Panel discussion: “The Evolving Nature of Learning”

• What to expect at the Learning Innovation Challenge

• Idea sharing

• Networking & End

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, 26 June

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Venue: LEVEL3, 20 Pasir Panjang Road, East Wing, Mapletree Business City, #03-22/24, Singapore 117439

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Learning Innovation Challenge: Day 1

Start working as a team to build your prototype. Get expert advice from subject matter and tech experts as well as other mentors!

Programme Outline:

• Registration

• Recap of Challenge Statements

• Learning Innovation Challenge briefing

• Idea pitching & Team formation

• Design sprint

• Mentor consultations

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, 30 June

Time: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Venue: LEVEL3, 20 Pasir Panjang Road, East Wing, Mapletree Business City, #03-22/24, Singapore 117439

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Learning Innovation Challenge: Day 2

Practise your presentation, fine-tune your prototype, and pitch to the judging panel!

Programme Outline:

• Presentation clinics

• Final presentations

• Judges’ deliberations

• Results announcement & Prize presentation

• Closing

• Networking & End

Event Details:

Date: Sunday, 1 July

Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Venue: LEVEL3, 20 Pasir Panjang Road, East Wing, Mapletree Business City, #03-22/24, Singapore 117439


Got a question about the programme? Drop us an email at


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What is UP Singapore?

“Urban Prototyping” is a movement where people from the public, private, and people sectors come together to tackle the wide range of social and environmental challenges facing our cities. Urban Prototyping (UP) is a platform managed by Padang & Co, the Open Innovation Company, for crowdsourcing ground-breaking innovations – creating technology and data-enabled enterprises by giving participants access to new technologies and data. At the heart of this platform is a UP Singapore community of 9,000 innovators and change-makers.

Do I need to be able to code to participate?

Not necessary. We welcome people with different skill-sets and would expect everyone to contribute to their respective teams. We ask you to indicate what type of participant you are at registration, so we know the mix.

Is attendance at the Pre-Challenge Workshop mandatory? What is in the workshop?

Attendance is not mandatory but is highly encouraged. The Pre-Innovation Challenge Workshop will be a useful primer to the Innovation Challenge. We will introduce the challenge statements of the Learning Innovation Challenge and invite expert speakers to provide context for them.

How many people are allowed in a team? Must I form a team beforehand?

All teams should have 3 to 5 people. You don’t have to form your team before the Learning Innovation Challenge. You will have an opportunity to form your team at the kick-off on Saturday morning.

Are we free to use any technologies?

Yes, you are free to use any technologies. Microsoft is a Tech Partner for this Hackathon and will provide tools and support. But you are not obliged to use Microsoft tools in your prototype. Reminder: Please bring your own laptop.

What is the closing date to register for the Learning Innovation Challenge?

We accept registrations up to the start of the Challenge on Saturday, 30 June. However, as space is limited, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Do we need to be present throughout the Designathon days? Must we stay overnight?

There is no restriction on your movement. Just make sure that all the team members work out your respective roles and responsibilities. The workspace will stay open till late (approximately 9:00pm) on Saturday. But you are not required to work overnight. We’d like everyone to have a good night’s sleep and come in fresh on Sunday!

Is there any age limit?

There is no age limit. We welcome anyone of any age, so long as they have something to contribute. However, if you are below 18 years old, please let us know ahead of time, so we can prepare a parental / guardian consent form for you.



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