Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th June 2012, Education Resource Centre Seminar Rooms & Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorum, NUS University Town

The Urban Prototyping Weekend is where genius ideas become solutions to pressing urban challenges.

It is a three-day hackathon for urban innovation. The first of its kind in Singapore.


We are inviting up to 250 of Singapore’s best web and app developers, computer programmers, data analysts, hackers, designers, artists, corporate professionals, government employees, tertiary faculty and students, social entrepreneurs, NGO and NPO employees, and other engaged citizens to come together to reinvent Singapore. You can either:

  • Form your own team. You’ll meet a large, diverse group of people on 22 June from which to create your rock star team. You can also build your team beforehand and have everyone sign up individually.
  • Join a team that forms on 22 June. There will be up to 25 teams, each tackling different urban challenges.

Spaces are limited, so sign up now!


Together, we will create new startups, apps, and projects that change Singapore. And the world.

The best prototypes will be invited to pitch for up to S$250,000 in seed funding and support from NC Venture Partners Incubator.

It is expected that a large number of the prototypes will be mobile and web apps. However, there is also room for the creation of new business models, community engagement strategies and other projects that solve urban challenges.


We encourage you to innovate in our five main domains, and there’s some information and inspiration on these pages. But it’s up to you.

Data Sandbox

You will have access a huge and first of its kind Data Sandbox, which contains big data, real-time data and open data from dozens of Singaporean organizations. We invite you to play in this sandbox–use it to create solutions to urban challenges that may have been impossible to even imagine beforehand.

Note: You don’t need to be a “data person” to participate! Someone on your team might, or your team’s solution might not even need to use the data sets at all. It’s just there if you need it.

What to Expect

Before the weekend

Sign up here to be put on our mailing list and automatically be registered with The Do Good Network. You can use the CoLAB platform to post challenges, participate in solutions, and start chatting with potential team members. Spaces for the UP Weekend are limited and active participants will have priority. The week before the event, participants will be invited to pitch their hackathon project ideas using the online crowdsourcing tool, Pigeonhole Live. The community will then vote online for the ideas they like best. Up to 25 projects will be selected for the Urban Prototyping Weekend shortly before the weekend begins. Voting closes on Friday, 22 June, 9am.

Friday night

The weekend starts in the early evening with a few speakers who will set the context and provide inspiration for the weekend. The top 25 projects will be pitched, based on the voting as mentioned above, to the audience to recruit for team members. Teams will then form and break off to scope out a work plan for the rest of the weekend. For more information on pitching, see Pitching & Presentations.

Saturday and Sunday

These days are intense work days. Teams get stuff done. They write code, build sites, design interfaces, and create a working prototype to show.  To do this they may need to analyze data, do research, consult with experts, visit target communities, film video, and otherwise flesh out their idea.


On Sunday afternoon, teams stop working and prepare brief presentations. Each team will have the chance to pitch their prototype to the audience and judges. Participants will also be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite prototype (powered by Pigeonhole Live). For more information on presentations, see Pitching & Presentations.


You can find the full schedule here.


The Urban Prototyping Weekend will be held at NUS University Town in the Education Resource Centre. See directions here. Please give yourself extra time to find the venue if you’ve never been–some people get lost on their first time.

Registration and meals are outside the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, which is on the second floor of the Education Resource Centre (the building with the Starbucks). We’re using Seminar Rooms 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 11 and the Global Learning Room.

Please note food and drink are not allowed in any rooms. If you violate this rule, we reserve the right to disqualify teams from winning any prizes.

Urban Prototyping Weekend Guide

This guide will give you a heads up on all the ins and outs of the event. Many of your questions should be answered there. Read it if you want to win!

Mentors & Judges

See our Mentors & Judges.


We have a load of cool prizes for the best projects!

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