8-10 November 2019
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre

Be part of the journey

Tap into Experience & Expertise and Be Guided by Industry Experts

Impacting the future

Find Like-Minded Individuals to Ideate, Hack and Design Sustainable Ideas for the Future

A Sustainability-Driven World 

HyperHack goes beyond the hackathon bubble to making real impact in the world, especially in the face of socio-economic inequality and environmental degradation. We support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries to drive sustainable development for present and future generations.


Today, the world faces tremendous uncertainty and volatility on various fronts. It is easy to lose sight of key sustainability issues in the face of growing economic pressure.

To drive sustainable development, growth must be inclusive. It has to be a collective effort by consumers, policy makers, businesses and communities to improve lives of the underserved and ensure that no one is left behind.


Data is the foundation of meaningful policy-making, resource allocation and delivery of services. To capture sustainable value, it is imperative to harness the power of data to shed light on disparities within communities, as well as environmental and economic resource scarcities.

Collectively, we can adopt a safe and responsible approach towards the use of data, to spur innovation and better measure sustainable development outcomes.


The Earth is being pushed to the tipping point. Climate change is already bringing destructive hurricanes and weather extremes. Consequences include forest fires, floods, and crop damage. Lives are being lost, and livelihoods already impacted.

As individuals, we must work together to reverse the harm to our planet, and ultimately lives and livelihoods. The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out the path to a better and more inclusive world of hope and opportunities by 2030.

Be it meeting the growing global demand for resources without harming the Earth or addressing the specific needs of an ageing population, now is the time to act, and deliver a more sustainable future together.

Not Just Another Hackathon












Power-Packed 3 Days

Day 1: FRIDAY 

17:30  | Registration

19:00  | Opening Address

20:30 | One Minute Pitch

21:30  | Voting

22:30 | Team Formation


09:00 | Masterclass

12:00  | Mentor Session

20:00 | Mock Pitch



11:00   | Tech Checks

13:30  | Judging

18:30  | Dinner

20:00 | Afterparty


Who Should Join

Hyperhack is for innovators, budding entrepreneurs and changemakers who are just starting out and testing ideas! We welcome applicants of all ages and geographies. Join in the fun:


Individuals with coding and programming expertise who will be able to hack, build the prototype and do things tech


Individuals with business development instinct, who are resourceful and strong communicators, devising business strategies, and getting stuff done to get the start-up off the grounds



Individuals  with design skills and aesthetic sense, who would be able to do UI/UX design and create user-centric products with the team


Data Scientist

Individuals with a data science background, who have expertise to interpret and derive insights from data


Our Mentors

We handpick and curate strategic partners and mentors who are industry thought leaders, entrepreneurship pioneers and global changemakers. Be part of our global initiative to create a better, smarter, and more sustainable world.

Jordan Dea-Mattson

Site Director, Indeed.com

Jenni Risku

Founder, Women In Tech

Mark Lven

Advance Engineer, Kulicke & Soffa

Alan Hellawell

Venture Partner, Alpha JWC Ventures

Arndt Husar

Senior Advisor, Global Centre for Technology, Innovation & Sustainable Development, UNDP

Teo Ser Luck

Chairman, Nufin Data

David Chua

CEO, National Youth Council

Qaynat Sharma

Partner, Big Idea Ventures

Sang Shin

Director, Digital Innovation, Temasek

Ng Jing Shen

Co-Founder & CEO, Paktor

Jon Sugihara

Head of Strategic Partnerships, Next Billion Users, Google

Peter Huynh

Partner, Qualgro

Casper Peh

Head of Portfolio Finance, Golden Gate Ventures

Jeff Lin

Principal, iGlobe Partners

Quek Siu Rui

Founder & CEO, Carousell

Thet Lin Thu

Co-founder, Traverse

Alvin Ea

CEO & Founder, Haulio

Carmen Yuen

Partner, Vertex Ventures

Eugene Wang

Founder and CEO, Sophie’s Kitchen

Lawrence Wu

President and Executive Director, Sunseap

Jason Bay

Senior Director, Govtech

Ken Machado

Global Head of Sustainability, Charles & Keith

Will Klippgen

Managing Partner, Cocoon Capital

Ian Stokes-Rees

Associate Director, BCG Gamma

Karim Bugglé

Head of Business Intelligence, Stashaway

Jeffery Chua

Chairman Singapore, BCG

Vanessa Zhang

Financial Planning and Personal Investing, DBS

Vishesh Shrivastav

Director, Investments, Temasek

Benjamin Sheridan

Managing Director & Partner, BCG

Siddharth Sankhe

Director, Nielsen

Shubham Banerjee

Expert Data Scientist, McKinsey

Archana Seshadrinathan

Senior Expert, McKinsey

Stay tuned for more updates!

Our Judges

Jonathon Allaway

Chief Technology Officer, Temasek

Jacqueline Poh

Deputy Secretary, PMO

Royce Teo

MD & Group Head – Data Management, DBS

Mark Lim

Managing Director, Digital Technology, Temasek

Alan Thompson

Senior Managing Director, Enterprise Development Group; Joint Head, Private Equity Fund Investments, Temasek

Chris Yeo

Head of Grab Ventures, Grab

Peter Ho

CEO, HopeTechnik

Desmond Koh

President, Centre for Responsible Future & Future-Ready Banker

Lim Qing Ru

Partner, True Global Ventures

Esther An

Chief Sustainability Officer, CDL

Christian Cadeo

Managing Partner, Big Idea Ventures

Paul Meyers

Investment Advisor, Asian Development Bank

Barbara Guerpillon

Director, Unilever Foundry

James Chang

CEO, Lazada Singapore

Gunjan Soni

CEO, Zalora

Tushar Kuchhal

Executive VP, Head of Enterprise Tech, Lazada

Feng-Yuan Liu

Co-Founder, BasisAI

Hong Cao

Director & Head of ASEAN Data Science, Ernst & young

Kok Leong Lim

Regional Director, CKDelta

Miguel Fernades

Lead Data Scientist, BCG

Parimal Aswani

Director, Technology, Temasek

Dr. Michael Zeller

CEO, Dynam.AI

Yanni Mechtler

Consultant, Data Science and Exchange, Data Republic

Daniel Lim

Deputy Director (Data Strategy), SNDGO

The HyperHack Timeline




Application Deadline



Our Partners


What is Hyperhack 2019?

HyperHack is a 3 day hackathon that will span from 8-10 November 2019, where over 150 globally recruited applicants will get the opportunity to come together and ideate, hack, design and build sustainable ideas for the future. 

It will take on the format of team formation, brainstorming sessions, workshops, one-to-one mentorships and mock pitches. 

HyperHack 2019 will culminate in a pitch presentation to a panel of judges comprising of industry veterans, sustainability champions and notable investors. 

You can look forward to meeting participants from around the world and hack the best ideas anchored on sustainability during the 52 hours hackathon. Don’t worry – it’s beginner-friendly! 


Who can participate in HyperHack 2019?

HyperHack 2019 is open to all individuals from all walks of life. We are sector agnostic and invite anyone who has an idea or passion to be part of a growing community passionate about building a better world. We accept applications from all geographies and industries regardless of age and interests. HyperHack thrive on diversity and we want the community to come together to solve challenges for a better future.

How do I register for HyperHack 2019?

Participants can register their interest for the hackathon here. The deadline for registration is 1 November 2019, 2359 SGT. 

What is the cost to attend HyperHack 2019?

Tickets for HyperHack 2019 are priced at SGD$75. This includes 7 meals throughout all 3 days of the event, the awesome instagram-worthy swag worth up to $100 and the unique opportunity to meet some of the most illustrious luminaries of the startup and corporate world. Please register your interest here.  


What is the Datathon? How does it fit into the Hyperhack?

▪ Sustainability-themed Datathon at Temasek’s/ StartupX’s HyperHack event to focus on improving social, economic outcomes

▪ The Datathon track will be supported by a number of partners such as Startup X, Temasek, Data Republic as well as participants from universities, start-ups, corporates and consultancies

▪ The Datathon will make use of a regulatory sandbox from the IMDA to explore trusted data sharing

▪ Held from 8-10 November, the 3-day Datathon will grant participants access to synthetic datasets hosted on secure data workspaces that are provisioned with analytics toolkits. They will compete on innovative data-driven solutions focused on bettering social and economic outcomes, in areas of health and financial betterment

What are the challenge-statements for the Datathon-track of the Hyperhack?

▪ Datathon participants will focus on 2 challenge statements; teams can decide to work on either 1 or both

▪ 1) How might we drive deeper analytical insights to shape better health outcomes for Singapore residents?

▪ 2) How might we drive deeper analytical insights for sustainable financial wellbeing for Singapore residents?


Do I need an idea to join HyperHack 2019?

No, you don’t. That’s the beauty of HyperHack – where it offers the opportunity for participants to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds and develop ideas collectively. 

If you have an idea that is still being researched and a team, you can still apply to HyperHack 2019. Please take note that partially developed prototypes and teams with an MVP will not be allowed to join HyperHack as it would be unfair to the other participants. 

We actively encourage all participants to keep an open mind and work with other innovators to explore great ideas.


What role can I take on during HyperHack?

We are looking for participants that fall under the following categories: 

  • Doer: Individuals with business development instinct, who are resourceful and strong communicators, devising business strategies, and getting stuff done to get the start-up off the ground. These are the people who usually pitch and get the business model right.
  • Developer:  Individuals with coding and programming expertise who will be able to hack, build the prototype and do all things tech. These are the people who usually code and do the technical portion of the solution.
  • Designer: Individuals  with design skills and aesthetic sense, who would be able to do UI/UX design and create user-centric products with the team. These are the people who will design beautiful pitch decks and stun the judges with your slides.
  • Data Scientist: Individuals with a data science background, who have expertise to interpret and derive insights from data. These are the people who will be able to use the data sets creatively and develop valuable insights for the solution.


How many members can a team have?

Teams are limited to a minimum of 4 participants and maximum number of 5 participants. Ideally, the team should comprise a mix of Doer, Developer, Designer and Data Scientist for cross-pollination of ideas. 

Any team that does not fulfil the team members criteria may be disqualified.


What dataset toolkit will I be using?

More details of the dataset toolkit will be shared at a later date but participants can expect the data sets to be from big corporations, private and public sector companies. 


Where and when will the event be held?

The event is held from 8th to 10th November at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. This is the first time Suntec will be hosting a 52-hour Hackathon overnight.


How can data be accessed?

▪ Participating teams will access data through Data Republic’s platform, a secure and controlled environment that restricts downloads and tracks actions in an auditable manner

▪ Data can only be accessed on-site at the event location


What do I need to bring to the HyperHack 2019? Will food be provided?

Participants should bring along their personal identification and letter of confirmation to participate in HyperHack 2019. Also, you will definitely need your laptops, phones, chargers and any other devices that can help in the ideation process. 

Free delicious meals and drinks will be provided to all participants during HyperHack 2019.


What will the teams be judged on during the presentation?

Teams will be evaluated based on their idea, aligned to the theme of HyperHack 2019.  

Teams will also be evaluated based on these 4 elements:  

  • Validation
  • Execution & Design
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
What are the prizes for HyperHack 2019?

The winning team will receive SGD10,000 cash and other in-kind prizes (up to SGD50,000 in value). The 2nd place winner will receive SGD5,000 cash and other in-kind prizes (up to SGD40,000 in value). The third place will win SGD3,000 cash and other in-kind prizes (up to SGD30,000 in value). All the top 3 winners will receive an exclusive invite for a fast-track entry into HyperSpark pre-accelerator programme. There will aslo be data prizes worth SGD35,000.

We are also working with esteemed partners to provide special deals and benefits to support you on your entrepreneurial journey. Stay tuned for more details on other prizes!


What if I have to withdraw from the event?

Participants who wish to withdraw from the hackathon must send in an email to hyperx@thestartupx.com. StartupX is unable to issue any refunds for participants who have successfully paid for HyperHack tickets. 

Withdrawal requests are final and binding.


Will the cost be covered for overseas participants? Will I need to apply for a visa?

We do not offer any reimbursement for travel and accommodation expenses incurred by overseas participants.

However, we are giving out HyperHack Xpress Pass to selected lucky applicants across the globe. The HyperHack Xpress Pass will include an all-expenses paid round-trip flights and accommodation to Singapore. Check out more details of the HyperHack Xpress Pass here

Applications for HyperHack Xpress Pass close on 6 October.

Overseas participants should check the visa requirements to enter Singapore. If you do need a visa, please proceed promptly with applying for the visa as the process may take a significant amount of time. Visa fees will be borne by the participants.

What Are You Waiting For?

Stop dreaming, start doing! It’s time to take action! We’re confident these 3 unforgettable days will equip you with the connections, ideas, and skills to propel you ahead.



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