The competition is open to undergraduates from all local universities, across all disciplines.
Teams must consist of 3 members; members may hail from a mix of disciplines.
The format of the competition (in chronological order) is as follows:
A. During registration, teams are required to submit an essay (no more than 500 words) that describes:
- The team’s opinion on the community’s preparedness in responding to emergencies
- Potential future challenges in emergency response
- How technology and innovation can help address these challenges
B. Shortlisted teams will be invited to attend an Immersion Programme held at HQ SCDF. The broad programme is shown below. Teams will receive an e-mail confirmation with details later.
Sharing sessions by SCDF officers from key departments -Teams can better understand the core functions and work of SCDF beyond physical firefighting, and gain insights into the operational challenges and issues faced by SCDF.
3i Convention – Teams can learn more about the different innovation projects and prototypes that SCDF is currently working on.
C. Teams will be given 3 weeks to prepare and submit a proposal based on the knowledge and insights obtained from the Immersion Programme. The recommended format for the proposal is a PowerPoint presentation of no more than 30 slides.
Bonus points will be awarded to teams that supplement their proposals with the development of a prototype (which may either be hardware, software or a physical model). As a general guideline, the format of the PowerPoint presentation should cover the following points:
1. Executive Summary
High level description of the situation, key issues and recommendations
2. Situational Analysis
Introduce the identified key trends the organisation is facing
3. Key Issue(s)
Building on the trends identified in the ‘Situational Analysis’, clearly identifying key issues of the case with strong substantiation
4. Strategy and Recommendations
Clearly laid out with good justifications, feasibility, and direct impact. Creativity is important.
5. Implementation and Action Plan
D. 5 teams will be shortlisted as finalists for the Grand Finals in October 2018. Each team will have 20 minutes to present their proposals, followed by a 10-minute Q&A session. Teams will be assessed primarily on their concept, creativity and the feasibility of their proposed implementation plans.