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Competition Format

5 May 2017

Virtual One-Day Hackathon


Selection of 10 Finalist Teams

1 – 30 Jun 2017

3-5 Days Work Attachment

29 Aug 2017

Final Judging

2022 Competition Schedule

The case competition will be conducted in two phases.

In Phase 1, teams will attend a one-day virtual event where they will hear from CDL’s Chief Sustainability Officer and GCNS’ Executive Director, learn more about the SG Green Plan 2030, understand the format and timeline of the case competition, and take part in a Hackathon centred around the theme of the SG Green Plan 2030 and its five pillars. 

Hackathon Topic: SG Green Plan 2030

Your video clip submission MUST address the following:

  • How can businesses support the SG Green Plan 2030 towards a low-carbon future? Propose initiatives to help Singapore achieve at least one of SG Green Plan 2030’s five pillars – City in Nature, Sustainable Living, Energy Reset, Green Economy and Resilient Future. 


Participants are to submit their video clips (no more than 8 mins) to in recorded format (e.g. videos, presentation slides, skits, animations, voiceovers, combination of these, etc…) consisting of all the following by 5 Mar, 11.59pm:

  • Self-introduction of team members
  • The pillar(s) of the SG Green Plan 2030 that the team is tackling and reasons for their choice 
  • Proposed ideas for Singapore that support the selected pillar(s) and how these ideas contribute to the key targets of the SG Green Plan 2030 
  •  Potential impacts from the proposed ideas and the stakeholders involved, including metrics for tracking impact 
  • Supporting photos, graphics, videos, or any other creative expressions are encouraged.


Only 10 finalist teams will be selected to proceed to Phase 2 of the case competition.

In Phase 2, each of the 10 finalist teams will be attached to an assigned organisation for a 3 to 5 days work attachment. Subject to social distancing regulations and practices at the company, the attachment may take place entirely online or a hybrid of offline and online attachment. 

During the work attachment, teams will have the opportunity to interact with the company representatives and learn first-hand about the challenges of implementing sustainability across complex operations and integrating SDG 13 (Climate Action) into businesses. The attachment will help in the preparation of the final proposal and it is mandatory for all members of the finalist teams to attend the work attachment. Should all team members be unable to attend the work attachment, the teams must communicate this to the organisers in advance.

Each finalist team will be mentored by an experienced youth mentor who will provide advice and guidance to improve their final proposals and presentation. These youth mentors were winners in previous editions of the CDL-GCNS Young SDG Leaders Award.

The 10 finalist teams will present their final proposals to a judging panel comprising sustainability leaders and experts from various industries.

By 21 Jan 2022

Registration Opens

15 Feb 2022

Registration Closes

21 Feb – 4 Mar 2022

Bonus Online Quiz

5 Mar 2022

Launch of Phase 1 (Virtual Hackathon)

21 Mar 2022

Phase 1 (Virtual Hackathon) Results

Jun 2022

3-5 Days Work Attachment with Assigned Case Company
(For 10 finalist teams only)

10 Jul 2022

Submission of Final Proposal (For 10 finalist teams only)

23 Jul 2022

Final Judging

(For 10 finalist teams only)

17 Oct 2022

Prize Presentation and Winners’ Showcase at GCNS Summit 2022

Judging Criteria

The preliminary and final proposals are assessed based on the following criteria and score weightage:

Understanding of selected pillar(s) of SG Green Plan 2030
Demonstrate clear understanding of pillar(s) of SG Green Plan 203015%30%
Rationale behind selected pillar(s), with challenges and opportunities substantiated by facts15%
Development of innovative and effective ideas
Feasibility and effectiveness of proposal
- Ease of implementation
- Scalability
- Applicability to business
- Limitations and solutions
Originality of application of ideas15%
Quality of submission
Usage of creative media and effectiveness in communicating ideas15%15%
Bonus quiz
5% 5%
Successful Alignment of SDGs with Business Strategy & Operations and Overall Sustainability Strategy 30%
Clear Understanding of the Company’s Core Business and Target Markets
Sound analysis of company’s overall sustainability strategy and existing programmes
Analysis of how SDG 13 (Climate Action) is currently aligned and embedded across functions and business operations using assessment tools/ frameworks/ guidelines
Demonstrate How Embedding SDG 13 (Climate Action) can Translate into New Business Opportunities/Innovations for the Company35%
Detailed analysis of the risks and opportunities that SDG 13 (Climate Action) pose to the company
Appropriate initiatives and programmes proposed for stakeholders
Appropriate metrics to measure impact towards SDG 13 (Climate Action)
Feasibility and Effectiveness of Proposal25%
Clear evidence of thinking out of the box
Due consideration of limitations and solutions to overcome them
Consideration of projected costs and/or revenue
Overall Quality of Proposal 10%
Clear presentation and organisation
Bonus Points
1. Quality engagement with youth mentor5 pts
2. Quality engagement with case company 5 pts