The Young Innovators Competition challenges students to come up with an innovative and enterprising concept and prototype that has a positive impact in a sustainability domain in health, food, energy, waste reduction, green entrepreneurship, education or future living spaces.

Students are given the opportunity to stretch their imagination and push their boundaries. They can take away from this competition with knowledge of how to innovate, create, and pitch an idea or concept by making use of STEM to begin the journey of addressing sustainability challenges and achieving a more sustainable future for all.

Competition Task

  • The theme for the competition is “Innovate for a Sustainable Future”.
  • The students’ task will include designing and prototyping their solutions using breakthrough technologies, products and services.
  • Students will select a problem in a sustainability domain, propose an innovative solution and design a prototype to address the challenge. Illustrative examples in each sustainability domain are found below.

Concept Focus and Illustrative Examples


  • Full-time studying at Secondary and Post-Secondary Schools/Institutions.
  • There are two categories in the Competition: Secondary Category (Sec 1 to 5 students in secondary schools) and Post-Secondary Category (Students from Integrated Schools in Year 5 and Year 6, Junior Colleges, Institute of Technical Education and Polytechnics)
  • Student teams are nominated by their respective schools (max 4-6 students per team, and up to 2 teams per category in each school)
  • Each school should have at least one accompanying teacher for coordination and supervision.
  • Teams and teachers must be able to commit for the full duration of mentorship and competition.
  • Students must provide valid email addresses and contact numbers for communications and online collaboration purposes

Judging Criteria

✓ Creativity   ✓ Originality  ✓ Practicality

✓ Level of Impact on the chosen sustainability domain/topic

Registration of Interest

Registration of interest by school teachers only! To register, please click HERE.

Deadline: 8 Nov 2021


The Competition comprises the Preliminary Round, Semi-Final and Grand Final. Their timeline is as follows:

Agenda :

Registration of Interest (13 Sept 2021 – 8 Nov 2021)

Nominated by schools and institutions

  • Info Session (1 Oct 2021, 3pm – 4pm)

(Detailed information will be shared with schools and institutions which have registered their interest in the competition.)

Preliminary Round

  • Submission of Proposals (Deadline: 23 Nov 2021)
  • Result Announcement by email to teachers in charge (mid-Dec)


  • Briefing Sessions to Qualifying Teams (TBC)
  • Submission of Proposal and Prototype (Deadline: 11 Feb 2022)

[Interviews may be required.]

  • Results Announcement (22 Feb 2022)

Mentoring for Semi-Finalists (23 Feb – 18 Mar 2022)

(Dates to be arranged between Semi-Finalists and Mentors)


  • Submission of Proto-type and Final Presentation Materials (12 Apr 2022)
  • Grand Final (19 Apr 2022)
  • Award Ceremony (25 May 2022)

*Subjected to prevailing Covid-19 situation

  1. Essay (300 words max) in pdf format + Video (5 mins max) in mp4 format. Essay and video are judged as one submission. For example, the video may be used to illustrate why a problem is chosen and allow students to show their ideas more vividly.
  2. The essay should include a short description of a prototype in words, drawing or video and indicate how the prototype can be made.
  3. The essay is to be written in English. Submission in any other languages will be disqualified.
  4. Teams should indicate the Category (Secondary or Post-Secondary) and Sustainability Domain in the title of their essay and video submissions. (e.g. [school name + team name], Secondary Category, Food)
  5. Download the YIC Essay Submission Template HERE and submit to us in pdf format, and the video in mp4 format. Submissions should be registered by Teachers only.
  6. Deadline: 23 Nov 2021, 23:59 pm.
  • In the Semi-Final round, students will submit a description of their chosen problem with a mock-up prototype of their proposed solution. Interviews of teams might be required for judging purposes.
  • Submission Deadline: 11 Feb 2022, 23:59pm
3. MENTORSHIP SESSION (compulsory for all shortlisted teams)
  • Semi-Final Teams will be mentored by NTU mentors to provide learning support, expertise and resources for improving their prototypes. This is a 1 to 1 mentorship for each team using a hybrid-mode where guidance on soft and hard skills, i.e. technical development, entrepreneurship, and presentation, is provided.
  • Mentoring Sessions: 23 Feb 2022 to 18 Mar 2022
  • The mentoring sessions will be arranged between the mentors and school.

Competition Requirements

  • All finalists are required to submit their Prototype and Final Presentation Materials by 12 Apr 2022.
  • All finalists will be judged based on 10 mins of presentation and demonstration of prototype, and 5 mins of Q&A on 19 Apr 2022.
  • The presentation should cover the process in design thinking including:

a. how ‘user’ needs were ascertained

b. problem definition

c. possible solutions explored

d. creation and demonstration of a prototype

e. usefulness/effectiveness to users

  • The team’s work must be original and does not contain plagiarism. It should not infringe on any intellectual property rights or copyright regulations. However, adaptation to improve existing products may be accepted.
  • Teams cannot claim cost and compensation for making their prototypes for the competition.
  • NTC reserves the right to make changes to the competition when warranted and no claims may be made by members of the teams as a result of the changes.
  • By joining the competition, student teams agree to allow NTC to use their works in the competition for publicity, media, publication, purposes and etc.
  • Judges’ decisions are final.