Guidelines and Presentations

Young Sustainability Innovators’ Challenge Criteria for the Initial Project Proposal

  1. The proposal should identify a problem, shortfall or area for improvement that is influential in achieving a sustainable society. As a guide, participants can use the 5 focus areas in the “Sustainable Singapore Blueprint” ( Additionally, participants can focus on 8 goals in the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ( These goals include Goals 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12 and 13 and are as follows:
    • Goal 3: Good health and well-being
    • Goal 4: Quality education
    • Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
    • Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
    • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
    • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
    • Goal 13: Climate action
  2. The main idea in the proposal should be innovative, original and novel.
  3. Each proposal should include the scope, objectives, intended outcomes, implications to potential stakeholders, marketing and distribution of the project.
  4. The background of the project, methodology, approach and marketing strategy of the project will need to be specified.
  5. The budget and time frame of the project to be specified in the proposal.
  6. The proposal should not be more than 2500 words. Use Times New Roman, 12 font-size with 1.5 spacing. This excludes list of references, figures and tables.
  7. It is recommended that a visual explanation of the solution be included in the proposal.

The proposals registered within the timeline specified at the end of this document will be invited to develop the idea / prototype model for demonstration supporting the Final Project proposal.

Young Sustainability Innovators’ Challenge Criteria for the Final Proposal: Protocol/ Prototype

  1. The Final Proposal should be the development of the Initial Registered Proposal. Change of initial idea pitched in the initial proposal is not allowed at this stage.
  2. If the initial proposed solution is a hardware or software-based product, then Participants should build a prototype model and adhere to the following guidelines:
  3. The prototype must be in good working condition.
  4. There is no limitation on the size of the model; however, the team is to advise the Organiser on the approximate size of the model two weeks before the exhibition to facilitate the logistic arrangements.
  5. Each team should sort out on the transportation of the model to the exhibition venue and the disposal of the model after the exhibition.
  6. Each team should inform the organiser at least two weeks in advance should they require power supply during the exhibition. If the initial proposal was a non-product-based solution/ idea, then Participants should prepare illustrative posters for display during the exhibition. Posters should follow the following guidelines:
  7. Size of the poster is A1, and layout is portrait. Each Final Proposal can have maximum 3 posters.
  8. Posters should be self-explanatory and include adequate visual explanations, e.g. graphics, diagrams, sketches. Posters with excessive small size texts will be disqualified.

The Final Proposal (prototype model or poster) should be supported by a one-page A4 size briefing text which will be displayed during the exhibition.


The participating teams are required to showcase their prototypes/models in the final stage of the competition in Singapore on 01 December 2018.

  1. Formal attire is required on the final day of the exhibition.
  2. A stall would be provided for each group at the exhibition venue to present their prototypes/models.
  3. Participants can use additional aids such as posters and leaflets to support their prototypes/models to help in explanation of their projects.
  4. Participants are expected to bring their prototypes/models, posters and other required materials for the exhibition and set up their stalls one hour prior to the start of the event.
  5. The prototypes/models will be judged by the panel members including academic from Newcastle Australia IHE and relevant industry practitioners.
  6. Selected groups will be given ten (10) minutes on stage to present their Proposal followed by five (5) minutes Question and Answer session by the panel members. The decision of the panel members is final.
  7. The organiser reserves the right to disqualify the teams if any team members engage in any misconduct during the presentation.

Last updated as of 07 August 2018.