Igniting Innovation: Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2023 Aims to Inspire Secondary School Changemakers
Samsung’s global competition, Solve for Tomorrow, is back with its seventh edition in Singapore. Themed ‘Be the Change, Shape the Future’, starting from today until 15th October 2023. This year’s competition is different as it is tailored for full-time students in Singapore’s secondary schools.
Solve for Tomorrow 2023 intends to inspire and uncover the next generation of changemakers by encouraging secondary school students to think deeply about the social issues affecting their community and pioneer positive social change through technology and innovation.
Aligned with Samsung’s global vision for CSR efforts – ‘Together for Tomorrow! Enabling People’, the competition aims to equip students with the experience and mindset to unlock technology’s potential. It also gives students a platform to explore their passion and nurture their social responsibility, allowing them to grow and thrive as a global citizen.
“We envision the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition as a catalyst to redefine youths’ connection with technology, empowering them to transition from mere users to technology creators with the potential to positively impact our community and environment,” said Dennis Jang, President, Samsung Electronics Singapore. “In a fast-evolving world, the interdisciplinary skills instilled in this competition – critical and design thinking, presentation and communications skills, as well as and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) knowledge, will definitely stand the students in good stead for their future.”
Team Hearable, the winning team from the 2022 edition, shares their takeaways – “We are really thankful to Samsung for organising the competition, which encouraged us to apply knowledge from the classroom to solve problems in the real world,” said team lead Christopher Angelo. “Our participation in Solve for Tomorrow 2022 not only expanded our horizons beyond classroom subjects but also honed our skillsets and deepened our STEM knowledge. We encourage our fellow students and aspiring inventors to join this transformative experience.”
Addressing Singapore’s Present and Future Challenges
Samsung has identified five broad themes for this year’s competition. Participants can develop their ideas around any one of these themes:
|1. Environmental Sustainability
Sustainability remains a critical challenge today. Our society needs bold ideas to address our most pressing environmental issues and build a sustainable future.
Technological innovations hold the key to unlock better quality of life, physically and mentally, for Singaporeans. It will also play a vital role in battling pandemics and other health risks in our society.
|3. Learning & Education
Innovation and creative technology applications will play a pivotal role in transforming youths’ learning journey and prepare them more effectively for the evolving future.
|4. Inclusive, Harmonious Society
To build an inclusive and harmonious society amongst the diverse communities in Singapore, we will need approaches and solutions that encourage them to share commonalities, values and experiences with one another.
|5. Singapore’s Digital Future
As Singapore continues on its digitalisation journey, there are tremendous opportunities for the next generation of innovators to create future solutions that are uniquely Singapore, and to help the growth of our digital economy.
From today until 15th October 2023, students can submit their entries for the competition by forming groups of two to four from the same school and submitting their innovative ideas or solutions on the Solve for Tomorrow 2023 website.
- Eligibility: Full-time students aged 12 to 18 years old, enrolled in any secondary school in Singapore.
- Secondary 1 to Secondary 5 if they are enrolled in the following:
- Government schools (including autonomous schools)
- Government-aided schools (including autonomous schools)
- Independent schools
- Specialised independent schools (SIS)
- Specialised schools
- Special education (SPED) schools
- Secondary 1 to Secondary 4 students if they are enrolled in IP (Integrated Programme) secondary schools with 6-year IP programmes.
A total of 10 teams will be shortlisted to showcase their solutions at the finale in December 2023. The top three teams will receive the following prizes:
- First Prize:
- S$10,000 worth of Samsung products
- S$6,000 cash prize
- Second Prize:
- S$7,000 worth of Samsung products
- S$4,000 cash prize
- Third Prize:
- S$5,000 worth of Samsung products
- S$2,000 cash prize
In addition, the school of the First-Prize Winning Team will also receive a Samsung interactive digital whiteboard – the 55” Flip Pro, worth S$4,806.
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