About Tech Factor Challenge

Tech Factor Challenge aims to spur innovation through the creative application of technology, igniting one's imagination to create, invent and solve real-world problems. The competition theme changes each year to address various industry needs. Engineering students, start-ups and the public are invited to use their imagination and passion to create a technology solution revolving around the Challenge Theme.

The main theme for Tech Factor Challenge 2016 is: Aging-in-Place.
You may choose between these 2 challenge categories:



Mobility Category

This is your challenge:
Design and develop equipment or robotics application ideas to allow the elderly to move within their HDB home and community safely and independently, unaided by a caregiver, or to allow a single caregiver to support the elderly in activities of daily living (ADL) safely and confidently.

Participants are to build a prototype to demonstrate the idea and solutions are to be non-invasive. ST Electronics will be providing a Healthcare Internet of Things (IoT) cloud platform for participants who would like to 'plug-in' their prototypes into a ready platform. Using the IoT platform, vital signs monitoring, statistics and analytics can be viewed via one common tool. The IoT platform will support web and mobile apps developed by participants based on open standard. Participants are strongly encouraged to leverage on ST Electronics' Healthcare IoT platform.

This category aims to look into technologies that can help the frail senior maintain their mobility and independence. The other aspect focuses on the often ignored caregiver who experiences the same level of stresses and risk of injury during caretaking, where they are often a major part of the mobility that the elderly requires, e.g. wheeling them around, transferring them from point to point, or assisting them with activities of daily living (ADL), which includes the following:

Feeding oneself

Medication Adherence

Mobility
(Walking /
Mechanical Assistance)

Bathing & Cleaning oneself

Personal Hygiene (Brushing teeth,
washing hands, etc.)

Getting dressed by oneself

Using the washroom independently

Maintaining one's
living space
(Washing & hanging laundry,
Sweeping & mopping of
floors, etc.)

For Elderly

  • To help the elderly at various stages of frailty to move around at home or within the estate in a walking mode independently, i.e. not electric wheelchair.
  • To help the elderly with activities of daily living without injury. E.g. mechanical assistance to stand up after seating to prevent falling from loss of balance, to hang washed laundry by themselves, etc.
  • To support the elderly in home rehab or maintaining a physical exercise regime that can be tracked intelli-gently for analysis by healthcare professionals or routine reporting for caregivers. Simple to use, integrated smart system for set of exercises to improve certain core muscles for balance and walking, or directed technologies for rehabilitation of certain muscle groups that elderly usually incur injuries in or experience functional decline in.

For Caregivers

  • To help the caregivers reduce the amount of work and time taken for caring for an elderly at home in all activities of daily living. E.g. transferring from point to point, automation of daily tasks, remote participation in rehab or exercises for support or joint consultation with healthcare professional.
  • To prevent injury to caregivers when transferring or transporting elderly within the house or during external trips to healthcare facilities.


Smart H2 Category

This is your challenge:
Design and develop software accompanying a hardware prototype to allow an elderly to age at home, remain healthy through smart monitoring and management of health conditions, medical regime, rehabilitation activities, and safe living through detection of condition abnormalities or irregular activity patterns within their own homes, as well as to remain socially connected to caregivers, family and healthcare professionals.

Solutions under the Smart H2 Category requires both hardware and software (including apps) components. ST Electronics will be providing a Healthcare Internet of Things (IoT) cloud platform for participants who would like to 'plug-in' their prototypes into a ready platform. Using the IoT platform, vital signs monitoring, statistics and analytics can be viewed via one common tool. The IoT platform will support web and mobile apps developed by participants based on open standard. Participants are strongly encouraged to leverage on ST Electronics' Healthcare IoT platform.

This area focuses on using Info-Comm Technologies (ICT) and assistive technologies, to provide the appropriate level of care and safety for the elderly. This allows chronic disease sufferers to remain healthy, safe and in a stable condition, in the comfort of their homes hence delaying the need for institutionalisation.

The safety aspect includes technologies to detect, prevent or possibly alert remote caregivers on anomalous activity related to potential health or safety issues.

The healthcare aspect includes technologies that perform non-invasive monitoring of various physiological and physical parameters. Another aspect would be to connect the elderly with healthcare professionals, support groups and caregivers for continued monitoring, maintain social interactions and to promote self-enrichment.

For Elderly

  • To allow the elderly to remain safe, healthy and lead independent lives while managing functional decline and frailty.
  • To reduce the need to travel to external healthcare facilities for consultation, follow-up and rehabilitation, where unnecessary travelling can increase the risk of infections and falls.
  • To utilize technologies that provide similar quality of care for common aging ailments(e.g. rheumatism, deteriorating vision, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, hypertension, dementia, etc.) remotely at the comfort of home.
  • To provide them with timely reminders for medical adherence and routine tasks, as well as health-related education on demand for both elderly and caregivers.

For Caregivers

  • To provide caregivers, through technology, the ability to remotely monitor, manage and support the elderly and their independent lifestyles.
  • To reduce caregiver stress on the need to be constantly present physically, and return freedom to them to lead their own productive lives while remaining socially connected to the elderly for emotional support.
  • To assure caregivers of the safety and well-being of the elderly through technology, i.e. IoT, analytics and decision support systems, to alert and notify them on situations that may pose a risk on the health or safety of the elderly. E.g. decreasing heart rate at night may trigger emergency services, or the caregiver to call the elderly.


Senior Inventors Series

Unique to the Tech Factor Challenge 2016, the Senior Inventors Series has been launched to inspire silverpreneurs and elders with strong technical skillsets, to join the competition and take charge in transforming their lives and the lives of others.

Individuals or teams with at least half of the members aged 55 years old and above may choose to register in the Senior Inventors Series. To further encourage participation from our seniors, 1 out of the 4 prizes will be dedicated to a winning team from this series. Find out more regarding the rules of the Senior Inventors Series here.



Key Dates & Information

The competition will run over a period of 13 months and will commence on 1 September 2016 and end on 28 September 2017. Click on the tabs in the timeline below for more information on each event. Alternatively, you may download the Competitor's Kit here


*Team's presentation / demonstration date and time slot will be scheduled on a first-come-first-serve reservation basis. All team members are encouraged to be present.
ST Electronics reserves the right to amend the venue, date and time, or extend the deadline of the Challenge, if necessary.



INTERNET-OF-THINGS PLATFORM

ST Electronics will be providing a Healthcare Internet of Things (IoT) cloud platform for participants who would like to 'plug-in' their prototypes into a ready platform. Using the IoT platform, vital signs monitoring, statistics and analytics can be viewed via one common tool. The IoT platform will support web and mobile apps developed by participants based on open standard. Participants are strongly encouraged to leverage on ST Electronics' Healthcare IoT platform.

Full details on the competition IoT platform can be found here.

For queries regarding the competition IoT platform, kindly email tfc@stee.stengg.com with the subject title: 'TFC2016: IoT Enquiries'.



Prototype Judging Criteria

Innovativeness & Creativity
It must be originally conceived / developed by the team.
If external party/parties has/have also contributed to the product, they must be identified.
Sustainability
Ability to adapt to technological advancements within the product life-cycle.
Scalability
Potential to be scaled up to handle larger user base.
Task Performance Ability
  • Teams will demonstrate the use of their solution atthe designated competition venue.
  • At minimum the solution must demonstrate its capability to:
    1. Accomplish the solution’s stated objective in the Project Proposal and perform goal-oriented workflow actions:
      Mobility Category
      • System achieves its goals of improving mobility of user or assist in activities of daily living in a HDB home; and/or
      • System achieves its goals of alleviating caregiver's burden by assisting in caregiving task(s).
      Smart H2 Category
      • System achieves its goals of improving the lives of an elderly in a smart-safe home; and/or
      • System achieves its goals of aiding an elderly in smart health & wellness management, and/or
      • System achieves its goals of enabling caregivers to remotely monitor, manage or support the elderly, reassuring caregivers of the elderly's safety and well-being through use of technology.
      • System consists of software accompanying a hardware prototype.
    2. Takes into consideration space constraints of HDB homes
      Solution / Application fits into the layout of the designated competition venue:
    3. Takes into consideration safety functions:
      • Activate safety features to end operation during malfunction or when misused.
      • Proper casing of wires and mechanical components, and waterproofing.
  • Teams may propose any other innovative functions stated in their Project Proposals, which may be awarded bonus points.
  • Systems with the ability to synchronize with competition IoT platform will be awarded bonus points.
  • Time taken to perform tasks will be taken into consideration.
Ease of Use
User-friendliness (E.g. For less tech savvy elderly). Ease of technology uptake. User-configurable.
Ergonomics & User Experience
Comfort of technology when worn or used. Intuitive design.
Safety of Operation
Static hazard considerations (E.g. Absence of sharp corners, exposed wires, waterproofing).
Operational hazard considerations (E.g. Safety features to end operation when misused).
Practicality & Commercial Viability
Potential economic impact of solution. Affordability of solution.
Quality of Prototype Presented
Robustness. Durability.


Rules

COMPETITION RULES

IMPORTANT NOTICE: THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS (“RULES”) SHALL GOVERN THE Tech Factor CHALLENGE 2016(“COMPETITION”). BY YOUR ENTRY AND PARTICIPATION IN THE COMPETITION YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE RULES. ST ELECTRONICS (“ORGANISER”) RESERVES THE RIGHT TO AT ANY TIME, CANCEL OR AMEND ALL OR ANY PART OF THE COMPETITION AND/OR THE RULES AS IT DEEMS FIT AND WITHOUT NOTICE. IT IS THE PARTICIPANTS’ RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP THEMSELVES INFORMED AS TO ANY CHANGES TO THE COMPETITION AND/OR THE RULES. IN THE EVENT OF ANY QUESTION OR MATTER ARISING OUT OF ANY POINT THAT IS NOT EXPRESSLY PROVIDED FOR IN ANY OF THE RULES, THE DECISION OF THE ORGANISER SHALL BE FINAL.

IN THE EVENT OF ANY DISPUTES REGARDING THE RULES, THE CONDUCT OR RESULTS OF THE COMPETITION, OR ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE COMPETITION, THE ORGANISER’S DECISION SHALL BE FINAL AND UNCHALLENGEABLE AND NO CORRESPONDENCE OR DISCUSSION SHALL BE ENTERED INTO, COMMENT ISSUED, OR REASON GIVEN IN RESPECT OF ANY DECISION MADE BY THE ORGANISER.
  1. Introduction
  2. Eligibility
  3. Registration
  4. Senior Inventors Series
  5. Teams and Mentors
  6. Team Leaders
  7. Seed Fund and Prizes
  8. Intellectual Property
  9. Media Usage
  10. Liability
  11. Judging
  12. General
  1. Introduction
    1. The Competition will be held during the period from 1 Sep 2016 to 28 Sep 2017, both dates inclusive ("Competition Period"). The Organiser reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, modify or suspend the Competition or any part thereof at any time or re-schedule the dates of the Competition or extend the Competition Period.
    2. THE ORGANISER MAY TERMINATE OR SUSPEND THE COMPETITION AT ANYTIME AT ITS SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION. SUCH TERMINATION OR SUSPENSION WILL NOT GIVE RISE TO ANY CLAIM BY THE PARTICIPANT. THE ORGANISER RESERVES THE RIGHT NOT TO AWARD SEED FUND AND/OR PRIZE(S) IF IN ITS OPINION NONE OF SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED IS OF SUFFICIENT MERIT.

  2. Eligibility
    1. The Competition is open to individuals, students and local1 start-ups2. All Participants must be above the age of 18 years old as at the date of entry.
    2. All ST Engineering staff (including staff from its subsidiaries) will not be eligible to participate in the Competition
    3. Teams sent by the Competition Partners (i.e. SPRING Singapore, Smart Nation Programme Office, Centre for Healthcare Assistive and Robotics Technology (CHART) at Changi General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Alexandra Health System, Singapore General Hospital, AWWA, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, SG Enable, ARTT Network and Singapore Industrial Automation Association) will not be eligible to participate in the Competition.

    4. 1 Minimum 30% shares of the Company is owned by Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents.
      2 Less than 5 years of operations, with annual sales turnover of not more than S$100 million and group employment of below 200 employees.

  3. Registration
    1. Participants may enter the Competition as individuals or as teams of up to a maximum of 5 members per team. Individual Participants must be either Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents. In the case of Team Participants, at least half of the team members (at least 50%) should be Singapore citizens or permanent residents and must be involved in the technical design and development of the system.
    2. Participants (individual or teams) have to register by submitting a Project Proposal via the registration page (“Registration Page”) of the official website of the Competition (www.techfactorchallenge.com.sg) and the same must be received by the Organiser on or before Monday, 10 Oct 2016 at 2359 hours Singapore time ("Entry Deadline"). Each submission must be accurate and complete in all respects and contain all required information as set out in the submission instructions. Incomplete or late entries will not be entertained. The Organiser accepts no responsibility for any late, lost or misdirected submissions including delays and/or failure of any electronic or telecommunication systems, including but not limited to technical faults and/or network disruptions/congestions. The Organiser is not responsible for any technical or human error which may occur during the registration and/or administration of the Competition.
    3. Teams with at least half of the members aged 55 years old and above can register as a team in the Senior Inventors Series, and indicate this in their registration form. Refer to the next section, IV. Senior Inventors Series, for more information.
    4. Project Proposals with solutions that have received grants/subsidies from other programmesrun by any private organisation or institutions or government agencies or statutory boards will be disqualified.
    5. Project Proposals detailing the concept of existing solutions in the market or in other competitions will be disqualified.
    6. Submission of an application does not guarantee the applicant the opportunity to participate in the Competition. The Organiser reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion, to reject or refuse participation of any applicant without providing any reason whatsoever.
    7. Upon successful registration, Participants will receive a confirmation email. In the event that a participant fails to receive a confirmation email or would like to clarify the team’s application status, such queries may be directed via email to: tfc@stee.stengg.com
    8. Each Participant (whether individual or team) may only submit one application. Multiple submissions will lead to disqualification. For the avoidance of doubt and for illustration purposes, an individual who is a member of a team under a team application will not be permitted to submit an application as an individual and vice versa.
    9. Participants may be required by the Organiser to provide further information and shall do so within the timeframe specified by the Organiser for the information to be furnished, failing which the applicant would be deemed to have withdrawn from the Competition.
    10. The official language of the competition is English. All competition matters, including registration, correspondence, and project submission, etc must be completed in English.
    11. As part of the registration process for the Competition, applicants will disclose personal information which shall constitute “Personal Data” for the purposes of the Personal Data Protection Act (“PDPA”) of Singapore. Each applicant is deemed to have consented to the Organiser’s collection, use and processing of the said Personal Data and the further consents to the receipt of marketing material from the Organiser and any of its related companies. The rules governing the Organiser’s collection, use and processing of Personal Data is set out in its Personal Data Policy, which may be found at: http://www.stee.stengg.com/pdp.html. Any applicant who wishes to opt out or has any queries about the Organiser’s collection, use and disclosure of the personal information may contact our Data Protection Officer, through the process set out in the Organiser's Personal Data Policy.

  4. Senior Inventors Series
    1. Participants aged 55 years old and above may enter the Competition as individuals or as teams of up to a maximum of 5 members per team in the Senior Inventors Series. In the case of Team Participants, at least half of the team members (at least 50%) should be aged 55 years old and above for the team to qualify for this Series.
    2. Individual Participants must be either Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents. In the case of Team Participants, at least half of the team members (at least 50%) should be Singapore citizens or permanent residents and must be involved in the technical design and development of the system.
    3. Registration in the Senior Inventors Series is to be indicated in the registration form from the start of the competition. No changes in series are allowed after the form has been submitted.
    4. 1 out of the 4 prizes will be dedicated to a winning team from the Senior Inventors Series.
    5. At least 5 teams must be registered in the Senior Inventors Series at the end of the registration period, on 10 Oct 2016 at 2359 hours Singapore time, for the Senior Inventors Series to continue running in the competition.
    6. At least 3 teams in the Senior Inventors Series are required to be shortlisted in the subsequent Competition Rounds, i.e. Pre-Qualifying Round, Qualifying Round and Semi-Finals, for the Senior Inventors Series to continue running in the competition
    7. Failing to meet the minimum number of teams as stipulated in clauses 2 and 3 of this section, the Senior Inventors Series will be removed from the competition and the prize dedicated to the Senior Inventors Series will be allotted back to the Open Series. Additionally, teams in the Senior Inventors Series still in the running for the competition will be reassigned to the Open Series.
  5. Teams and Mentors
    1. All teams will be guided and supervised by Mentor(s) from ST Electronics or from a Competition Partner. The team’s assigned Mentor(s) provide(s) technical and/or business development guidance to the team. A Mentor may be assigned to more than one team.
    2. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged and multiple educational institutions may join together to form a single team.
    3. Every team member must present their contribution towards the Project.

  6. Team Leaders
    1. Each team is required to nominate a team leader. The team leader will be the main contact person and representative of the team in the competition. All communication between ST Electronics and the team will be through the team leader and by email, telephone and/or post to such contact details as are provided to ST Electronics at Registration.
    2. All team members are required to be registered at the Registration Page when submitting the Project Proposal. No changes in the team members are allowed after the form has been submitted.

  7. Seed Fund and Prizes

    For information on Seed Fund and Prizes, please refer here.

  8. Intellectual Property (IP)
    1. By registering for the Competition and submitting a Project Proposal, each Participant affirms that the Proposal is his/her/the team’s original work and that the Participant(s) have the necessary rights to submit the Project Proposal. The Participant(s) further warrant that the submission does not violate any law or regulation or any rights of any third party. The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any Participant that it believes, in its sole and absolute discretion, that the Project Proposal or any part thereof infringes upon or violates the rights of any third party. Participants shall hold harmless the Organiser and their respective officers against any claims or costs. relating to the breach of this term.
    2. ST Electronics shall have the first right to refusal for working with any participants on potential commercialisation of any IP generated during this Competition. IP rights will remain with the participants.
    3. Any false information provided within the context of the Competition by any Participant or non-compliance with any of the Competition Rules, or the like, may result in the immediate elimination of the Participant from the Competition.

  9. Media Usage
    1. By entering this Competition, Participants consent to the use of their personal data by the Organiser for the purposes of administrating and conducting the Competition and any post-Competition activities and/or publicity. Participants agree to take part in any publicity relating to the Competition as well as to the use of their names and photographs in such publicity.
    2. Participants acknowledge and agree to participate and cooperate in all media and promotional activities relating to the Competition, including but not limited to being interviewed, photographed and videoed at any time during the Competition Period. Participants grant the Organiser no-cost, world-wide, perpetual, irrevocable and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, display and/or create derivative works of such footages and photographs in all media worldwide, including online social media and networking websites without compensation (unless prohibited by law) and without prior inspection or approval. Participants agree to execute additional specific consents to such use if asked to do so.

  10. Liability
    1. Whilst reasonable precaution will be taken by ST Electronics and the Competition Partners to ensure safety of all the Participants, each Participant acknowledges and agrees that his or her participation in the Competition is at his or her own risk. Upon registration for the Competition, the Participant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless. ST Electronics, its subsidiaries/associated companies andthe Competition Partners, including their respective officers, employees, contractors and agents, from and against any and all claims, causes of action, damages, obligations, losses (including any loss of opportunity), liabilities (including negligence), personal injuries, costs or debt, and expenses (including attorneys’ fees and costs) and all amounts paid in settlement arising from or relating to, whether directly or indirectly, special or consequential, to the Participant’s participation in the Competition. ST Electronics and/or the Competition Partners may assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which Participants have agreed to indemnify ST Electronics and the Competition Partners. Participants agree to assist and cooperate with ST Electronics and the Competition Partners in the defense or settlement of any such matters.
    2. Each Participant is required to take all appropriate safety measures including obtaining appropriate insurance coverage (if necessary) when designing and developing the prototype and conducting the prototype trials.

  11. Judging
    1. All submitted entries shall be judged by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from ST Electronics and its related companies, technical and/or business experts from Institutes of Higher Learning, industry, and representatives from SPRING Singapore, Smart Nation Programme Office, Centre for Healthcare Assistive and Robotics Technology (CHART) at Changi General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Alexandra Health System, Singapore General Hospital, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, ARTT Network and Singapore Industrial Automation Association (“Judges”).
    2. The Judges’ decisions in all matters relating to the Competition, including eligibility of the participants and the selection of the winners, will be final and the Judges shall not be obliged to entertain any correspondence or queries in relation to the same. The Judges shall not be obliged to select a winner if, in their view, none of the Project Proposals is of sufficient merit. Participants are advised to understand the judging criteria well to improve their chances of success.
    3. ST Electronics, the Judges, and the Competition Partners are not obliged to adopt any of the solutions that are developed under this Competition. They may, in their sole discretion, choose to further develop any Project Proposals with any of the teams participating in the Competition.
    4. The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify entries which, in their sole discretion, are deemed irrelevant, offensive, and/or do not comply with these Rules. The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify or replace any winner if he or she is found to be in breach of these Rules or otherwise disqualified.
    5. Participants shall not enter their ideas or any part of the Project Proposal (including software, prototypes or products) in another competition or exhibition until 30 days after the Competition Period (including any extension of the Competition Period). In the event that a team would like to do otherwise, an appeal to the Organiser must be made and is subjected to approval from the Organiser on a case-by-case basis. Failure to comply will result in the Participant’s disqualification from the Competition.
    6. From the moment of registration for the Competition, all Participants acknowledges and agrees to be physically present for all meetings, presentation/pitching sessions, prototype testing trial sessions, judging and award ceremony as scheduled by the Organiser (“Events”). At least 1 team member is to be present at any Event to represent the team. However, all team members are encouraged to attend and participate. In the event that the Participant(s) cannot be present, a valid reason must be given as early as possible. Failure to comply may result in the Participant and/or the team being disqualified from the Competition.
    7. Participant(s) or team(s) that are disqualified from the Competition will be removed from the Competition immediately and will have to refund the full amount of any funding (seed fund, prototyping fund and prize money) awarded at any point during the course of the Competition (including any extended period),to the Organiser.

  12. General
    1. These Rules shall constitute the entire agreement between the Organiser and the Participant and supersede all prior representations, arrangements, understandings and agreements between the Parties (whether oral or written) relating to the subject matter herein contained.
    2. These Rules shall be construed, governed and interpreted in all respects in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Singapore and the Parties agree to submit all disputes and claims in respect to these Rules to the jurisdiction of the Courts of the Republic of Singapore.
    3. Participants shall not be entitled to assign any of the rights and obligations under these Rules without the express written consent of the Organiser.
    4. Nothing in these Rules shall operate so as to create a partnership or joint venture of any kind between the Parties.
    5. All applicable taxes and/or fees on prizes, seed fund and all expenses related to acceptance and use of prizes, foreign or national, are the sole responsibility of prize recipients. The Organiser reserves the right to withhold payments as required by law.


Frequently Asked Questions

Registration & Project Proposal Submission

  1. How do I enter the competition?
    Answer:
    Step 1
    Register all of your team members by filling up the Registration Form here:
    http://www.techfactorchallenge.com.sg/registration
    Step 2
    Start brainstorming for ideas and drafting your Project Proposals!
    Read the Challenge Statements here: http://www.techfactorchallenge.com.sg/about
    Step 3
    Submit your Project Proposals in PDF format here:
    http://www.techfactorchallenge.com.sg/submissions
    Note:
    Find out more about the competition rules and eligibility for participation here:
    http://www.techfactorchallenge.com.sg/about?section=rules_and_regulations
    Registration closes on 10 October 2016, 23:59hrs.
  2. Is there a template or format to follow for the project proposal?
    Answer:
    Yes, you may find the project proposal template here. Please submit your project proposals in PDF format.
  3. We are students from a tertiary institution and our projects may have received research funding from our school. Are we still eligible to participate?
    Answer:
    Funding from tertiary institutions are allowed, with the condition that the students are still enrolled in the school. Please note that IP rights should retain with the team.
  4. Our solution have received prior grant or subsidies (e.g. NRF CRP Grant). Are we still eligible to participate?
    Answer:
    Solutions that have not been commercialized will be eligible for entry in this competition. Please note that teams should secure the rights to utilize the IP so that the incorporated company may commercialize their solution at the end of the competition. However, shortlisted teams that have received prior funding from any government body or statutory board (including grants or subsidies) for the building of prototype or related activities will only be awarded the seed fund but not the prototype fund (via SPRING's Prototype Assistance Scheme).
  5. We are a team of final year tertiary students. Are we allowed to concurrently work on this for our final year project?
    Answer:
    Yes, you may enter the solution to be used in your Final Year Projects in this competition. Please note that the team will be required to incorporate a company in Feb 2017 in order to receive the prototype funding via SPRING's Prototype Assistance Scheme. Hence you'd need to work with your school regarding ownership of the IP rights.
  6. Can I participate under my own company?
    Answer:
    Yes, you may! However, do note that local start-ups will have to fulfil the following criteria to be eligible:
    • Minimum 30% shares of the Company is owned by Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents.
    • Less than 5 years of operations
    • Annual sales turnover of not more than S$100 million
    • Group employment of below 200 employees

Competition Rules

  1. Can we receive external sponsorship?
    Answer:
    Yes, you may source for external sponsorship for software / hardware components (e.g. sensors) or more funding to build your prototypes. Please note that IP rights should retain with the team.
  2. Can we enter the same solution into other competitions?
    Answer:
    Yes, you may enter your solutions into other competitions after Tech Factor Challenge 2016 concludes in Sep 2017. This is due to the substantial amount of funding provided in this competition.
  3. Can we enter the same solution into other competitions during the period of this competition? (We understand that we can enter after the competition)
    Answer:
    You will not be allowed to enter the same solution into other competitions during the competition period. Due to the substantial amount of funding awarded to participants in TFC2016, these are rules implemented to avoid any possible conflict of interests.
  4. Are we allowed to publicize our projects during this 1-year competition?
    Answer:
    Yes, you may publicize your projects during the course of the competition to create awareness and to obtain additional funding. Please note that IP rights should retain with the team.
  5. Can we enter our solution as a kickstarter campaign during this period?
    Answer:
    Yes, you may enter your solution as a kickstarter campaign during the competition period to obtain additional funding to develop your prototype. Please note that IP rights should retain with the team.
  6. Is there a requirement for the ownership of the IP rights? If we file a patent that is owned by the school, is this alright as long as we have a license to it?
    Answer:
    Referring to the Rules on IP Rights, teams should secure the rights to utilize the IP owned by the school so that the incorporated company may receive the prototype funding and the solution can be commercialized at the end of the competition. Hence, the school will have to be willing to release the patent to the team, or allow the team to use the license to sell the solution. A mutual agreement must exist between the school and the team, and your team should obtain approval from the school and get formal rights assigned before entering the competition.
  7. Are we allowed to change or add new members during the course of the competition?
    Answer:
    Teams are to register all core team members at the beginning of the competition - if changes are required due to valid reasons, it'll be subjected to the Organiser's approval.
    Additional contributors will be managed by contestants at their own discretion, they can decide whether or how to share the prize. Please note that IP rights should retain with the core team or start-up.
  8. I am a professor forming a team with students in my institution. However, some of them may be going on further studies during the course of the competition. May we change the team members when they leave?
    Answer:
    In this case, we can allow for the change in team members. Do note that the team composition has to remain where 50% of the team is made up of locals or PR.
    Also, the team leader and core team members have to remain throughout the project for continuity and to incorporate the start-up company. Please note that IP rights should retain with the core team or start-up.
  9. During the design phase, our team will be in constant contact with our customer base to find out their needs and preferences. Will we be allowed to deviate from our project proposal to address these needs?
    Answer:
    Teams are allowed to make improvements to their solutions to better suit the target users' needs and preferences. However, the category in which the solution is registered, the main objective of the solution and the problem that the solution aims to solve should not change.

Prototype Testing

  1. The sensors for my solution require additional ceiling mounts to be put up on the test-bed site. Can I install these additional mounts?
    Answer:
    This will be subjected to the organiser's approval. Any overhead mounts must meet building standards for safety requirements.
  2. May we have more prototype testing sessions?
    Answer:
    Yes, however this will be subjected to the organiser's approval. Please send your request to tfc@stee.stengg.com with the date and time to seek approval.

Judging Matters

  1. How will the solutions be scored?
    Answer:
    The tasks will be scored according to the judging criteria provided. The detailed breakdown will only be revealed to the judges.
  2. How many judges will there be at each judging round?
    Answer:
    11 Judges. Teams will be notified of any changes closer to the judging date.
  3. If the solution fails to perform a task during a judging round, how many times is the team allowed to repeat the task?
    Answer:
    Each team is given 10 minutes for prototype demonstration in the Semi-Finals and 15 minutes for prototype demonstration in the Final Judging. Teams may repeat the task as many times as required within the time limit. The demonstration will be timed and the scores will be awarded accordingly. Due to time constraints, teams are to adhere strictly to the time limit and are advised to move on to the next task should there be multiple failed attempts, so as to ensure ample time to showcase all capabilities of their solution.
  4. Can a team showcase more than 1 solution?
    Answer:
    To ensure fairness, teams may only showcase the solution which they have registered for this competition in all the judging rounds.

Internet of Things Platform

  1. Will there be a SDK or example program?
    Answer:
    ST mediCAP system is a Dot Net Web Application. It accepts data sent from devices or external systems that conform to the HL7 FHIR standards via RESTful Web Services. We'll provide the RESTful Web Service API documents online at a later date.
  2. Will there be a test environment that I can set up and obtain data from?
    Answer:
    A mediCAP system will be setup for every team that needs to use it. The team can use the system to integrate with their devices, store and receive the data. This system will be deployed on the cloud.
  3. Do I need to buy the devices?
    Answer:
    The organiser will not be providing the devices or the device gateways. Teams will have to prepare their own.

Submissions

  1. Is there a template for the Presentation Slides?
    Answer:
    Please structure the presentation slides to explain your solution's objectives and functionality clearly and address the judging criteria.

Administrative Matters

  1. Can ST Electronics provide delivery for the prototypes to the test-bed site or judging venue?
    Answer:
    The organiser will not be providing transport for the prototypes.

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