About Climate Innovation Challenge 2016

Climate change impacts are already upon us. Heat waves are likely to be more frequent and longer-lasting, extreme rainfall will become more intense, and the global mean sea level will rise. All of us – in Singapore, and across the world – must act now, and act responsibly. With these challenges come opportunities for green entrepreneurs to develop valuable solutions.

In this Climate Innovation Challenge, we invite you to join us in a 36 hour hack to solve one of the most pressing challenges of our generation – Will you take up the challenge?

Challenge Judges

Mr Ang Kian Seng
Group Director of the Environmental Sustainability Group, Building and Construction Authority (BCA)
Kian Seng plays an instrumental role in the formulation and implementation of BCA’s 3rd Green Masterplan, with the long term goal of greening 80% of Singapore’s buildings by 2030, placing more emphasis on stakeholder engagement and collaboration to create a deeper community involvement in sustainable development. He is the 2nd Vice President of the Singapore Green Building Council. He is also Board Director of the BCA Centre for Sustainable Buildings – a Centre Collaborating with UNEP, since 2011. Kian Seng is Singapore’s representative in the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, launched at COP21 to put the spotlight on the buildings sector’s role in climate change.
Mr Anil Das
Director, Corporate Planning Division & Innovation Programme Office, JTC, Singapore
As Director of JTC’s Corporate Planning Division, Anil works with the leadership team to develop medium to long-term strategies to address various challenges facing the dynamic economic landscape in Singapore. Anil is also the Director of JTC’s Innovation Programme Office where he is responsible for promoting the test-bedding of innovative solutions within JTC’s industrial estates and buildings, such as JTC CleanTech Park @ Jurong Innovation District. Prior to joining JTC, Anil has had stints in both the public and private sectors where he led an extensive range of innovation initiatives as well as implemented effective organisational change management strategies.
Professor Ho Hiang Kwee
Lead Technologist, National Climate Change Secretariat
Hiang Kwee works at the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) as Lead Technologist, where his responsibilities include providing advice and assessment on energy technologies that can address climate change challenges. He also provides advice on modelling and analysing energy and emissions flows in Singapore, which facilitates understanding of the impacts of policy and technology to address climate change. Hiang Kwee is also an Adjunct Principal Research Scientist at the Energy Research Institute@NTU, the Chairman of the Energy Standards Committee under the Standards Council, and a member of several Project and Technical Evaluation Panels for energy-related incentive schemes and R&D programmes.
Mr Kelvin Ong
CEO, FocusTech Ventures
Kelvin is the founder and CEO of FocusTech Ventures, a seed stage investment firm and approved technology incubator under the NRF-IDMPO’s iJAM Reload Scheme, primarily focusing on opportunities around enterprise web, mobile and hardware/internet of things. As an entrepreneur and active angel investor, Kelvin currently serves on the board of several technology startups and traditional businesses. Passionate about hardware, Kelvin went on to co-found OneMakers Group that aims to develop the regional maker ecosystem. Kelvin holds a BA degree from the National University of Singapore and an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Nanyang Business School.
Mr Veerappan Swaminathan
Co-founder, Sustainable Living Lab, OneMaker Group & Singapore Makers Association
Veera is closely affliated with the environmental and maker movements in ASEAN and has led organizations to accolades such as the President’s Challenge Youth Social Enterprise of the Year 2015 and ASEAN+3 Young Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development award.

He holds a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore and is listed as a co-inventor on 5 US patents. He worked in Silicon Valley during the 2008 financial crisis and is currently working towards a graduate certificate in Intellectual Property from NUS Law and IP Academy.

Event Speakers / Mentors

Ujjwal Kumar
Senior Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Ujjwal Kumar is a Senior Technical Evangelist at the Microsoft Developer Experience & Evangelism (DX) Group in Singapore where he assists partners, startups and enterprises to adopt the latest technology platforms. With over 13 years of industry experience, he has extensively worked on C++, C#, Microsoft Azure, Windows Internals, Robotics Studio and game development. An avid technologist, Ujiwal is a prominent speaker and the co-founder of the IoT community and India Gamers Community.
Riza Marhaban
Technical/Developer Evangelist, Microsoft
Riza Marhaban is a Technical/Developer Evangelist at Microsoft Singapore. An experienced software developer and solution architect, he is also the co-founder of .NET Developers Community and Azure Community in Singapore. Mr. Marhaban will be coaching participants to navigate Azure IoT Suite for IoT developments during the Challenge.
Mohamed Izzat Khair
Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Izzat Khair has developed applications on a range of platforms from Xamarin and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) to Android. Mr. Khair looks forward to sharing new and exciting products with Challenge participants as well as conducting tutorials in Microsoft Azure Machine Learning.
William Hooi
Co-founder & CEO,  Espert Pte Ltd
William Hooi co-founded ESPert Pte. Ltd., an IoT start-up that aims to empower non-technical users to build their own products in a quick, affordable manner. Ltd. Mr. Hooi will be introducing Espert’s flagship product, the ESPressoLite V2.0, a Wi-Fi development board which connects smart objects wirelessly and is suitable for beginners with no experience in software programming or electronics.
TS Velan
Director – Energy Partnerships,  Evercomm Uni-tech Singapore Pte Ltd
Velan is responsible to build eco system and collaborations between Tech Govt agencies like iDA, Private sectors, Solution providers, Policy makers etc tasked to energy efficiency improvement. His research interests includes people behavioral transformation towards energy usage. He has 15years plus work experience in Technology consulting and project management with MNCs like IBM, Infosys Technologies etc. He also teaches technopreneurship and mentors start-up founders.

Jointly Organised By

Building & Construction Authority

National Climate Change Secretariat

JTC Corporation

Technology Partners


S3 Innovate Pte Ltd


Supported By

Action Community for Entrepreneurship

Singapore Green Building Council

Green Living

Evercomm Uni-Tech Singapore

OneMaker Group Pte Ltd

Sustainable Living Lab Pte Ltd

Espert Pte Ltd


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