Experience the Design Thinking workshop to be conducted by Commonwealth Bank of Australia on Nov 25 & 26 in Singapore

Problem Statement

Current global conditions are forcing a rethink of existing business models. To address evolving externalities the Singapore Government in its 2016 budget announced the Industry Transformation Program which will focus on Transforming Enterprises, Transforming Industries and Transforming through Innovation.

Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) form the core of Singapore’s economy comprising over 90% of registered businesses and employing over 70% of Singapore’s workforce. The Singapore Business Federation[1] (SBF) suggests two ways for SMEs to address growth and development – (i) creating better measures for internal management e.g. business costs, logistics, manpower, financing and internationalisation (ii) transition from business-as-normal to value creation through external collaboration with customers, research organisations and supply chain partners.

With this backdrop, Innovate Singapore 2016 is seeking to identify creative approaches to address the problem statement: How can improved management or external collaboration approaches support the growth aspirations of SMEs?  Solutions being sought, independent of industry sector, are encouraged in these three areas – (i) market access within ASEAN (ii) new technology adoption (iii) people-process-product transformations


The purpose of Innovate Singapore 2016 is to involve the student community in Singapore’s innovation effort. This engagement needs to be driven by purpose and, consequently, focuses on generating creative solutions for wicked and complex problems.

To participate in this initiative, you must be a current undergraduate or postgraduate student with Kaplan Higher Education in Singapore.

Competition modalities

Competition launch 21 October 2016
Team registrations (e-entry) 21 October – 18 November 2016
Shortlisting (announcement) 22 November 2016
Design workshop ( 2 days) 25-26 November 2016
Prototype building 27 November – 13 January
Presentations & winners announced 3rd/4th wk in January 2017
Winning team travels to Sydney February 2017
Incubation to commercialisation with Gemstar Technology Asia February/March 2017 onwards


The winner will be awarded a cash prize of $3K and a 3-day visit (February 2017) to Sydney, Australia including 2-days at Commonwealth Bank’s Design Lab.

The 1st and 2nd runner up teams will win $3K in cash.

All winning teams will have the opportunity to further incubate their prototypes working towards commercialisation at Gemstar Technologies Asia.

The final decision will be at the sole discretion of the judging panel, comprised from the collaborating organisations.



  • You can enter this competition by clicking on the “Register Now” button below.
  • Teams comprising of 3 participants (no more than 4) are encouraged to register.
  • Please upload your paper-based (3 pages) entry (in doc. format) OR send us details with the link to your YouTube entry (5 minutes’ max). Your entry must tell us, clearly, how you plan to address the problem statement.

***Team leaders are to register on behalf of their fellow team members. Indicate their full names/student IDs and team name either in the .WORD/.PDF document and/or YouTube video submission***

<<<Participants to note>>>

  1. Facebook postings/shares and YouTube video links with regards to INNOVATE SINGAPORE 2016 must be set to “PUBLIC” & accompanied with the official competition hashtag – #MurdochInnovateSG16
  2. Judges may take into account the number of “Facebook shares/likes” and YouTube video “LIKES” each team manages to acquire during the competition period.
  3. Number of re-submissions allowed: 1

Click here for the -> Innovate Singapore 2016 Flyer

For any inquiries, email to: 


Only current students of Kaplan Singapore are eligible for this competition. If any participant(s) is found not complying, shall automatically be disqualified.

By submitting the form, you agree to the terms and conditions of Innovate Singapore. You also agree to the use of your submission entry and accompanying details for the sole purpose of marketing by either Murdoch Singapore and/or the collaborating organisations.

Deadline for entry submissions: 18 November 2016