Social Innovators Hack!

Social Innovations are all around us – Sharing Economy, Urban Farming, Open University and Microcredit. These are examples of novel solutions to social problems that are more effective, sustainable and efficient, and involve collaborations between the private, public and people sectors.

In Singapore, businesses are starting to embrace the concept of Social Innovation. As part of a new breed of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), these Social Enterprises combine social mission and business – they are Businesses with a Cause.

Singapore is now home to over 400 Social Enterprises striving to transform such diverse sectors as education, food and beverage,

the arts, etc. and to create a more inclusive world for youth-at-risk, people with disabilities, the elderly and other marginalised groups. For the Social Innovators Hack! we teamed up with Social Innovation Park and HPE Helion to uncover solutions that would help strengthen Singapore’s growing Social Enterprise sector.

At this hackathon, participants were exposed to the challenges of the Social sector. They sparked new ways to foster stronger collaborations and communications amongst people in the private, public and people sectors, and build a robust social marketplace to accelerate the growth of the Social sector.

Key Dates

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Supporting Partners

Challenges

Building a Social Marketplace

COLLABORATION: Enabling Social Innovators to pool and share ideas and resources


Social Innovators have a tendency to work in silos, but can benefit from more collaborations. But this is highly dependent on personal networks and face-to-face meetings. It takes time to form an effective professional and personal network to execute their ideas.

Application features you can build for the Social Marketplace

• Contribute content, questions, ideas, opportunities to collaborate • Enable and facilitate discussions • Recommend connections using data analytics (personal data) and area-based sensing • Match needs and resources, e.g. mentors, partners, funding, etc. • Incentivise Social Innovators to use some or all of these great features to help them in their personal and professional development.

 

Building a Social Marketplace

COMMERCE: Matching Social Enterprises with corporate customers


Many large corporates are keen to support Social Enterprises (SE), but they don’t know how to or have difficulties finding and engaging with the SEs as suppliers. Like all Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), SEs have to develop its capabilities to better sell themselves and compete for business.

Application features you can build for the Social Marketplace

• Search for SE suppliers according to relevant products / services that the Corporate customer requires • Request for quotations • Consolidate responses and easily compare the quotations • Engender trust between SE suppliers and corporate customers through better communication, security, etc.

 

Building a Social Marketplace

COMMUNICATIONS: Connecting Social Organisations with their volunteers and retaining them


Many Social Organisations lack the ability and knowledge to effectively engage their volunteers and to retain them. This has an impact on the efficiency of the organisation, ultimately limiting the number of people it can help.

Application features you can build for the Social Marketplace

• Enable volunteers to subscribe to regular updates and ad-hoc alerts • Push notifications to active volunteers, particularly in times of urgent need • Provide data analyse of their volunteers, personal or professional interests, behaviours, etc. to the organisations

Events

Pre-Hackathon Workshop

Programme Outline • Welcome by Yang Xinyi, Assistant Manager, Social Innovation Park • Introduction to Collaboration theme by Grace Sai, CEO & Co-Founder, The Hub Singapore • Introduction to Commerce theme by Christian Eber, Managing Director, CE Engineering • Introduction to Commerce theme by Wan Kum Seong, Research Engineer, Social and Cognitive Computing Department, A*STAR • What to expect at the hackathon by Derrick Chiang, CEO, Padang & Co • Idea pitching and team formation • Introduction to HPE Helion by Senthil Prakash K, Principal Category Lead Helion Solutions Hewlett Packard, Asia Pacific & Japan

Date Wednesday, 3 November Time 6.30pm to 9pm Venue IDA Labs@NDC, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, #02/03-04, Singapore 188969 Check out the speakers’ slides

Hackathon – Day 1

Programme Outline • Recap themes and challenges • Idea pitching and team formation – for those of you who are not already in a team • HPE Helion training and support from the HP Enterprise team • Consultations with social innovation experts to help you develop your idea / prototype

Date Saturday, 14 November Time 9am to late Venue BASH, Level 3 Blk 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139955

Hackathon – Day 2

Programme Outline • Presentation clinics to help you refine your presentation • Team presentations to judging panel • Judges’ deliberations • Results announcement / closing

Date Sunday, 15 November Time 9am to 6pm Venue BASH, Level 3 Blk 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139955

Experts

Here’s a look at the speakers, mentors, and judges at the Social Innovators Hack!

 

Speakers / Mentors

Christian Eber, Managing Director, CE Engineering
Christian has devoted much of his life to the study of refrigeration and air-conditioning systems and found the cycle is a virtuous one which makes physical recovery and operations more efficient and has come up with innovative methods of repair and maintenance of these systems. CE Engineering Pte Ltd was set up in 2005 and promotes energy efficient systems to reduce energy consumption and increase productivity at home and the workplace. In 2014, the company was registered as a social enterprise to greater focus on the mission of engaging the youth at risk and ex-offenders and the company is in the process of acquiring knowledge for training methodology for this focus group.
Grace Sai, CEO and Co-Founder of the Hub Singapore
Grace is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Hub Singapore, Singapore’s largest co-working community of entrepreneurs, creatives and techies. She is regarded as the node of entrepreneurship ecosystem in Asia and speaks widely on that topic. Interested in ecosystem building and policy development for startups and social enterprises, she has been invited by the Prime Minister’s Offices in Singapore and Malaysia, Angela Merkel, Mayor Park, amongst others; to share her inputs. She also sits on the Advisory Board for Ben & Jerry’s Singapore, a Social entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD and a TEDx Singapore speaker. She was also the founder of Books for Hope, a social enterprise in childrens’ education in Indonesia. Grace has been nominated as a Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2013), 40 Under 40 by Prestige Singapore (2014) and is a UN Women Entrepreneurship Day Ambassador. She now resides in Singapore and has an MBA from University of Oxford where she graduated with Distinction and was a Skoll Scholar (funded by Jeff Skoll, the co-founder of eBay).
Seow Hui Hong, Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE)
Seow Hui Hong oversees capability building and partnership engagement in the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE). Her avid passion for innovation and social impact had led her to a variety of work experience across sectors. Prior to joining the public service, Hui Hong was actively involved in youth community initiatives and digital media related startups. Following her work in reviewing and developing disability policy initiatives in the Ministry of Social and Family Development, she was part of the pioneering team in setting up SG Enable as an integrated agency to drive key initiatives and collective impact in the disability sector. During her stint, she led the strategic innovation department in developing cross-sector initiatives and new programmes, as well as work with social entrepreneurs and innovators. At raiSE, she hopes to advance the centre’s initiatives and help catalyse growth of the social enterprise sector.
Javier Galvez, HP Helion Solutions Specialist for Business Partners APJ
Javier is a 17 year veteran of VMware, Microsoft, Red Hat technologies. Prior to joining HP in 2015, he worked as a Infrastructure Architect of complex and large scale cloud and virtualised infrastructure for Singapore Telecommunication and Government Cloud, Consolidation, DR/BC and VDI programs for Dell, Hewlett-Packard and CSC. He was the Technical leader of IBM Business Partner Innovation Centers (BPICs) in Latam, providing Solution design consultation, proof-of-concept, marketing and technical briefings and Design Demand generation events. He has experience in migrations from AIX-pSeries on Power to Red Hat Enterprise Linux on x86 servers, archiving cost reduction and performance improvements. Javier also is a regular contributor (vExpert) to the VMware user Group, focusing on sharing real-world stories from customers and prior experiences. He has a passion for Open-Stack having done several POC involving deployments using Mirantis, Rackspace and Red Hat with integration with Ceph Storage. Javier possesses the following certifications: Red Hat OpenStack, Vmware VCIX-NV, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA and TOGAF certifications.
Joycelyn Sim, Business Development Executive, Social Innovation Park
Joycelyn previously worked at a fast-paced e-commerce retail platform as a Senior Marketing Executive and tremendously enjoyed the fun and dynamic culture of a start-up. Yet, she always had the desire to help the marginalized sector, thus she decided to heed that call to join the social sector. Since then, she has been learning as much as she can about the gaps in social sector and the ways she can contribute to do social good.
Keith Veloso, Senior Creative Designer, HP Labs Singapore
With over 15 years of dedicated work experience as a multi-disciplinary designer, his projects to date have ranged from web design, motion graphics, multimedia presentations, digital marketing collateral, brand identity, user experience design, user interface design and audio production for notable clients such as Microsoft, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Vodafone, Cable & Wireless, Sony, Toyota, Ray Ban, L’Oreal, Lexus, Holiday Inn, and the United States Army.
Larry Tchiou, Founder, UNFRAMED
Larry is the founder of UNFRAMED, a social-impact startup incubator by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, which mission is to build great startups with a clear social impact. A blended guy in every possible sense, Larry started his career as a tech consultant in New York before moving to Silicon Valley and giving up his corporate career in the midst of the worst financial crisis of the century. After relocating to Asia to reconnect with his roots, Larry co-founded MakeSense, an Ashoka-awarded global community, where he successively held the roles of CTO, Vice-President and community developer for Asia. A social innovation practitioner, Larry has been involved for half a decade as an ecosystem builder and a community catalyst across Asia & Europe. Larry is a mentor to both social enterprises & tech startups, a regular speaker, and a judge at local & international social entrepreneurship events. Most recently, he lead an effort to develop a radical model of social innovation based on community engagement in Singapore for the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre. This experience lead him to start UNFRAMED. French citizen, born & raised in the Pacific Ocean island of Tahiti, Larry has successfully lived & worked in France, the United States, China and Singapore. He holds a dual Masters degree in Computer Science and Information Systems Management, and studied General Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business & Chinese at Peking University.
Senthil Prakash K, Principal Category Lead Helion Solutions Hewlett Packard, Asia Pacific & Japan
He is responsible for Product Management, Product Marketing, Portfolio management, developing the cloud strategy and field enablement plans for HP’s cloud computing business across Asia Pacific & Japan. This includes HPE Helion CloudSystem, Helion OpenStack, Helion Eucalyptus, Helion Development Platform and Helion Network. Senthil is also responsible for driving private cloud adoption based on OpenStack with customers along with HP’s PaaS platform Helion Development Platform based on CloudFoundry. He worked as Alliance Manager for FSI vertical and ran many successful ISV enablement programs. Senthil is well versed in solutions like HP ConvergedSystems supported by a solid background in R&D in server and storage technologies
Tom Goh, Pre-Sales Consultant HP Cloud
Thomas has been in the IT industry for 15 years working for Start-ups and large MNCs. Prior to joining HP, he co-founded Kibin Labs, which developed its own OpenStack distribution and provided consulting services for OpenStack. He was a principle consultant and engineer for CloudScaling, where he helped build one of Asia’s largest public and private clouds for KT (Korea Telecoms). He is a seasoned engineer with a broad range of skills including cloud architecture, operating systems, software development, automation, configuration management, storage and networking. He has worked many years in the US, Singapore and Korea. He is an avid open source evangelist and runs the Singapore Linux Meetup Group.
Wan Kum Seong, Research Engineer, Social and Cognitive Computing Department, A*STAR
Kum Seong’s background lies in psychology as he takes a keen interest in the subject of personality and individual differences, social cognition and subjective well-being. He is eager to empower himself with a deeper understanding of these areas and at the same time, aspires to apply his knowledge and skills in areas such human resource management, consumer behaviour, and social and community integration. Recently, his team has been looking at ways in which we can leverage our expertise to uplift the Social Service Sector. One of the key areas they are concentrating on is how Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) can optimise their engagement of volunteers as a human resource to help them expand their services to more beneficiaries as well as enhance the quality of service being provided.
Yang Xinyi, Assistant Manager, Social Innovation Park
A volunteer stint as an English teacher at a Thai village school left Xinyi dissatisfied with the impact that usual volunteering opportunities offer. Since then, she has been on a mission to discover the various ways that create deep sustainable impact within communities.

Judges

Anoop Kumar Bhat, Portfolio and Strategy Sales Leader Hewlett Packard Asia Pacific & Japan
Anoop is responsible for Product Management, developing the cloud strategy, portfolio management and go-to-market plans for HP’s cloud computing business across Asia Pacific. This includes On premise build with HPE Helion OpenStack and CloudSystem, the flagship solution for Cloud from HP as well as ‘Consume’ Hybrid Cloud that includes public, managed Cloud and Helion Network partners. Anoop is responsible for OpenStack adoption with customers along with HP’s PaaS platform of Helion Development Platform based on CloudFoundry. He is also in charge of driving the DevOps initiative as well as HPE Helion Network for the APJ market. He has worked extensively on solutions like the HP BladeSystem, Virtual Connect, virtualization and automation software, supported by a solid background in R&D in server and storage technologies.
Penny Low, Founder & President, Social Innovation Park
As a veteran of a successful wealth management practice, Penny leveraged her expertise and vast networks to social businesses and platforms on a local and global scale. One example of this is the Social Innovation Park (SIP), which is responsible for many TV and radio programmes, significant forums and social innovation platforms that influence hundereds of social entrepreneurs and impacted thousands of people. She also co-founded the Social Enterprise Assocation which houses the national platform for social enterprises in Singapore. During her time as a Singapore Member of Parliament, Penny sat on many national committees covering the Parliament Estimates Committee, Ministries of Finance, Trade and Industry, Education and National Development as well as a host of other areas. In addition to being one of the founding members of the World Economic Forum’s New Asian Leaders, Penny has also been honoured a founding member of the Forum of Global Young Leaders.
Sam Liew, Managing Director, Accenture ASEAN Technology
As Managing Director for Accenture ASEAN Technology, Sam is responsible for developing and driving Accenture’s technology strategy and agenda for the ASEAN region (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand). Prior to his current position, Sam served as the Managing Director for Accenture’s Asia Pacific (APAC) Communications Center of Excellence. In this role, Sam led the communications industry strategy and capability development for clients in the wireless, wireline and cable segments across Asia Pacific. Sam is also the Programme Director for a number of major business and IT transformation programmes across APAC. In that capacity, Sam focused on building up diverse onshore and offshore implementation teams to deliver tangible and sustainable results. In addition, Sam serves on Accenture’s Global Technology Leadership Council and is Chairman, Board of Advisors for Singapore’s Information Technology Management Association’s (ITMA) CIO Workshop.

Prizes

Apart from attractive cash prizes for winning ideas, we’ve got some fantastic opportunities lined up for you. Social Innovation Park will be awarding the following opportunities to two deserving participants:

A spot in INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme (worth $6,800)

One impactful and social enterprise-minded participant will be awarded a place at this intensive, one-week programme that will equip you with the business skills and frameworks you need to grow your social venture and maximise your social impact. Graduates form a dynamic community of high-level social entrepreneurs, who remain engaged through online collaboration, regular meetings and support.

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A spot in Social Innovation Park’s Social Innovators Accelerator (SIA) Course

The Social Innovators Accelerator (SIA) Course is a year-long business mentorship programme that incubates driven individuals determined to change the world through social innovation and entrepreneurship.

It brings together expert mentorship from top business leaders and robust capacity-building workshops taught by luminary organisations, providing an all-rounded one year programme that will accelerate the social enterprise and take it to new heights.

In the SIA Course, you will learn how to: • Enhance your business value proposition and get an edge up over others • Connect and learn from accomplished business mentors and be connected to the right networks • Secure your business model and gain business insights in workshops conducted by leading business consultancy firms

 

Ideas

 

Check out the winning ideas from the hackathon!

Team Let’s Move designed Social Dash, a B2B e-commerce platform that matches for-profit businesses with social enterprises for procurement of corporate gift products.

A platform for volunteers to collaborate on providing healthy dining information, and a site for members to access that information real-time.

Volu created an event marketplace that helps organisations recruit volunteers according to skills required. The algorithm also matches the volunteer’s location and the number of their friends attending a particular event. Volunteering is tracked using points.

A-SAP created a platform that aims to help people in need by providing an easy way for them to submit delivery requests, consolidate the requests and schedule the delivery. The platform benefits the elderly, or people who may have mobility restrictions get goods (e.g. groceries) delivered, and volunteers.

CareU created an app that embodies the Caring and Sharing Economy. Users can earn “Care Credits” (a social currency) when helping others and redeem them to get help. All this is powered by Blockchain technology, which allows the solution to be universal, making payments more reliable.

ROJAKS#2 designed Careville, a multi-stakeholder platform that helps volunteers, VWOs and social organisations to connect, removing initial barriers to entry and encouraging volunteers to log on and find localised volunteering opportunities. Volunteers get badges for their volunteer efforts, as an incentive for them to volunteer again.

HPE Helion

HPE Helion made their cloud development platform, Helion Development Platform, available for participants at the Social Innovators Hack! The platform made it easy for participants to develop and deploy their solutions, allowing them to spend more time refining their idea and addressing the challenges.

About HPE Helion

The Helion Development Platform is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that helps you build great cloud-native applications across private and public clouds. Based on Cloud Foundry and fully integrated with HPE Helion, you can focus on building the right app for any environment.

Support at the Hackathon

While it was not compulsory for teams to use HPE Helion to build their solutions, they got plenty of hands-on, one-on-one support from the HPE Helion team if they did.

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Ideas

 

Check out the winning ideas from the hackathon!

Team Let’s Move designed Social Dash, a B2B e-commerce platform that matches for-profit businesses with social enterprises for procurement of corporate gift products.

A platform for volunteers to collaborate on providing healthy dining information, and a site for members to access that information real-time.

Volu created an event marketplace that helps organisations recruit volunteers according to skills required. The algorithm also matches the volunteer’s location and the number of their friends attending a particular event. Volunteering is tracked using points.

A-SAP created a platform that aims to help people in need by providing an easy way for them to submit delivery requests, consolidate the requests and schedule the delivery. The platform benefits the elderly, or people who may have mobility restrictions get goods (e.g. groceries) delivered, and volunteers.

CareU created an app that embodies the Caring and Sharing Economy. Users can earn “Care Credits” (a social currency) when helping others and redeem them to get help. All this is powered by Blockchain technology, which allows the solution to be universal, making payments more reliable.

ROJAKS#2 designed Careville, a multi-stakeholder platform that helps volunteers, VWOs and social organisations to connect, removing initial barriers to entry and encouraging volunteers to log on and find localised volunteering opportunities. Volunteers get badges for their volunteer efforts, as an incentive for them to volunteer again.

FAQ

 

What is UP Singapore

“Urban Prototyping” is a new 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 8,000 innovators and change-makers.

Do I need to be able to code to participate?

Not necessary. We welcome people with different skillsets 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. At this hackathon, there will be lots of help from the HPE Helion team.

It’s my first UP Singapore hackathon. What exactly will happen during the hackathon weekend?

Our hackathons are intended to be a fun work event, where people volunteer their time and skills to work on their ideas in teams.

The hackathon will start on Saturday morning. On Saturday, social innovation mentors and the HPE Helion team will be at hand help you develop your idea and prototype. Most of Saturday and Sunday consists of work time for the teams, so please bring your laptop and any other equipment or materials that you need to work on your idea / prototype. Food and drink are provided throughout the weekend.

The weekend culminates in pitch presentations on the Sunday afternoon, and prizes are awarded.

There is an idea pitching session that happens both at the workshop and on Saturday morning. If you have an idea, you can do a one-minute pitch to the audience to attract people to join your team. Do think about your pitch in advance!

Please also see the UP hackathon code of conduct. [link to: http://www.upsingapore.com/code-of-conduct/] Check out the UP Singapore blog post “How to Hack a Hackathon” for tips and tricks to make the most of your hackathon experience here!

Is attendance at the pre-hackathon workshop mandatory? What is in the workshop?

Attendance is not mandatory, but is highly encouraged. It will be a useful orientation to the social enterprise sector and is a good primer for the hackathon. We introduce the challenges and invite experts to give these the context

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

All teams should have 3 to 5 people. You will have two opportunities to form or join teams – at the Pre-Hackathon Workshop and on Saturday morning at the hackathon.

Are the participants free to use any technologies?

Yes, you are free to use any technologies. The use of HPE Helion is encouraged, but not compulsory. WiFi is provided, and please bring your own laptop.

Are the participants free to use external datasets?

Yes, you are free to use any external datasets that complement or mash-up with the datasets released for this hackathon. You shall be responsible appropriate use of these external datasets, subject to the originators’ terms and conditions.

What is the closing date for registration for the hackathon?

We accept registrations up to the start of the hackathon on 14 November. However, as space is limited, we encourage you to register as soon as you can.

Do the participants need to be present throughout the weekend? Must participants 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 11pm) 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 for the participants?

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.

Why do you need a deposit of $15 at registration?

The $15 deposit is only to ensure that participants remain committed to attend the hackathon. Once you check in at the hackathon on Saturday morning, the full amount will be refunded.

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