The Singapore Environmental Health Hackathon will take place during the week of July 4, 2016 on the campus of the National University of Singapore (NUS), and will bring together student hackers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), NUS, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). The goal of the Hackathon is to develop creative solutions to the practical environmental problems of air pollution and urban heat, which could ultimately result in enhanced quality of life and improved public health outcomes in Singapore.
The Hackathon will begin with a half-day crash course in the environmental challenges facing Singapore, with lectures by experts from MIT, the Singapore universities, the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), and relevant authorities in Singapore. Teams of 4-5 students will be formed according to the specific environmental challenge of interest to the team members. The following two and a half days will be devoted to developing solutions to the selected problems under the guidance and technical assistance of a mentoring team led of MIT and SMART researchers. Finally, the Hackathon will culminate in formal team presentations to an expert panel, and prizes will be awarded to the top performing teams. There will also be time to explore Singapore in the days following the Hackathon for participants from MIT.
Any undergrad or graduate student at MIT, NUS, NTU or SUTD with a strong interest in environmental issues is eligible to apply. This is an excellent opportunity for students who are motivated to: tackle a real-world problem of practical interest to stakeholders in Singapore; generate and develop creative ideas for environmental solutions on an interdisciplinary team; collaborate and cultivate new connections with international counterparts, and; put into practice the technical skills learned during the semester.
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