Digital Water HackathoN

06 March 2021 - 24 June 2021

About Us

The rise in demand for water, increasing operational costs required to manage water systems, manpower constraints and the impact of climate change poses challenges for water management. Having access to digital solutions can help water systems improve operational excellence. Through the Digital Water Hackathon, we hope to:

  1. Create high potential startups and SMEs with capabilities to solve issues in the digital water space
  2. Create and identify a talent pool for digital water technology.

The Digital Water Hackathon is organised by Ripple2Wave Incubator (R2WI) and Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), and supported by A*START Central, Enterprise Singapore (ESG), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Public Utilities Board (PUB).

hackathon categories


  • For first time entrepreneurs (fresh graduates and mid career professionals) looking to solve problems in the digital water sector.
  • Solution proposed is at the conceptual stage, TRL < 3


  • SUSS Venture Builder Traineeship Programme of Monthly Stipends $1500 for 3 months
  • SG Founder's Grant


  • Leverage on pre-identified relevant A*STAR and IPI Technology IPs
  • Complimentary Alibaba Cloud Credits


  • Find your teammates
  • Solve challenging problems and grow together as a team

Market / Customers

  • Build a Digital Water Solution with real industry problem statements and feedback in 3 months


  • Local and global teams with existing solutions ready to be deployed.
  • Solution proposed is at POC-ready to be deployed stage, TRL 4 and above.


  • SG Founder's Grant
  • Potential Pilot R&D Funding
(Terms and Conditions applies)


  • Leverage on pre-identified relevant A*STAR and IPI Technology IPs
  • Complimentary Alibaba Cloud Credits


  • Potential Pilot R&D Funding from PUB
  • Potential Fast track to she1K C-Shark Tank Finals

Market / Customers

  • Build a Digital Water Solution with real industry problem statements and feedback in 3 months


SGD 50,000 Startup SG Founder Grant

*Subject to fulfilment of Startup SG Founder eligibility criteria.

Up to USD5,000 Alibaba Cloud Credits

SGD 250,000 Potential R&D Funding

Potential Fast Track to she1K C-Shark Tank Finalist

Potential POC Deals

Global Outreach

Ecosystem Exposure

Mentorship and Industry Network


21 December 2020 – 28 February 2021
  • Individual or teams up to 5, age 18 and above.
  • Start-ups with existing idea and product are welcome.
  • 21 December 2020 – 28 February 2021
    6 March 2021 - 13 March 2021
  • Team Formation
  • Stakeholders Sharing
  • Business Masterclass
  • 6 March 2021 - 13 March 2021
    22 March 2021 - 15 June 2021
    Deep Mentoring
  • Biweekly mentoring from industry experts and business mentors
  • Build prototype
  • Invitation to exclusive networking events
  • 22 March 2021 - 15 June 2021
    23 June 2021
    Demo Day @ Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) 2021
    23 June 2021

    Programme Details

    Stage 1: Training and Workshops
    Dec 2020
    The training will take place across 5 days for an average of 6 hours per day
    Dec 2020
    The training will take place across 5 days for an average of 6 hours per day
    Day 1
    Registration of Participants and Icebreaking
    Master Class on Digital Water
    Introduction to Problem Statements
    Team Formation
    Day 2
    Actor Mapping
    Master Class on Digital Water
    Ideation and Stakeholders Interview
    Group Discussion
    Day 3
    Value Proposition Canvas
    Master Class on Digital Water
    Solution MVP
    Group Discussion + Mentoring
    Day 4
    Solution Testing
    Group Discussion + Mentoring
    Pitch Deck Preparation
    Day 5
    Group Discussion + Mentoring
    Pitch and Wrap up: Teams to share what they have learnt
    Stage 2: Deep Mentoring and Demo Day
    For all selected teams only (~ 10-15 teams)
    1st Jan to 30th Mar 2021
    Selected teams will do a weekly check-in with domain experts, business mentors and observers from SUSS/r2wii, where they will continue to refine their ideas and work on a prototype
    31st Mar 2021
    Demo Day
    Teams will pitch to problem statement owners, investors and industry players
    Stage 3: Incubation Support
    For all selected teams only
    1st Apr 2021
    Incubation Support
    Pre-Seed/Seed Stage teams can go throughht incubation programme with appointed incubator
    Stage 4: Acceleration Support
    For all selected teams only
    1st Apr 2021
    Acceleration Support
    Series A-B teams can go through accelerator programme with appointed accelerator

    Schedule of Events

    48 Hours of Hacking and Content
    Day 1: 15th May
    Welcome and Opening Address
    Limeng (CEO, Razer Fintech) will welcome participants and kick off the Hackathon in earnest.
    Programme Rundown and Q&A
    Eduard (CTO, Razer Fintech) will provide a brief overview of hackathon content and deliverables, similar to the information packs received by all participants, followed by a short Q&A
    Hackathon Kick-Off
    Event starts!
    Mambu Presentation
    A quick introduction to core banking, as well as a walkthrough on Mambu’s APIs and console for interested participants.
    Visa Presentation
    Visa will cover information on their Dev Portal, and a number of recommended APIs for use in the Hackathon.
    Perx Technologies Presentation
    Perx Technologies will introduce their gamification platform, APIs and console
    4:00pm – 6:00pm
    AMAs on Discord and/or Telegram
    Check-in and troubleshooting, available for all teams.

    Watch It Live

    Get your popcorn, sit back, relax and stay connected on Facebook.
    Our main event will be broadcasted on these platforms, so do check back at these links to watch the live event streams from (31 March 2021).


    Christina Teo

    Chief Builder

    Dr Long Yin

    Solutions Architect
    Alibaba Cloud

    Dr Oh Ser Wah

    Founder & CEO

    Jasmijn Büskens


    Stéphanie Groen


    Rusydi Khairul

    Founder & CEO
    Reactor School

    Bryan Long

    Testing Ground

    Chia Chee Yong

    VP, Digital Ecosystems Partnerships & Portfolio Management (UOB)

    Frank Lee

    Managing Director
    Tech JDI

    Eric Tan

    Account Director
    The Resource Group

    Oh Yi Kuan

    Process Engineer
    Suntar International

    Powell Qu

    Business Analyst
    Suntar International

    Raymond Choong

    Venture Partner
    Focustech Ventures

    Judging Criteria

    Solution Fit


    Commercial Viability

    Team & Delivery



    Helge Daebel

    Investment Director (Water)
    Emerald Technology Ventures


    Jeremy Heng

    Managing Director
    VFT Ventures

    Organised By

    Problem Statement Owners


    Community Partners

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Welcome to Ripple2wave’s inaugural Digital Water Hackathon! An exceptional opportunity for global and local audiences to come together and work on Singapore’s digital water problem statements coming from the water industry. Build your company, scale to greater heights and use this platform in Singapore to build your business case.

    The Digital Water Programme is open to those who are interested in technology innovation for the water sector and have an interesting project or other idea to develop within the scope of the challenges proposed.


    Participation in the Digital Water Programme is open to individuals aged 18 or older. You can apply individually or as a team of minimum 3 and maximum 5 people. If you are an individual applicant, you will be required to form into teams by the second day of the 5-day bootcamp, either on you own or with the help of the event organisers.

    Yes, the Digital Water Hackathon is free of any admission fees. Register now.

    The winning team will be selected by a jury made up of industry experts from the water and digital sector; and professionals such as VCs and business veterans.

    The jury will analyse and evaluate all works presented by the team according to the following four evaluation criteria: Solution Fit (25%), Innovation (25%), Commercial Viability (25%), Team (15%), Delivery (10%)

    Intellectual Property (IP) rights refers to patents, utility models, rights to inventions, copyright and related rights, trademarks and service marks, trade names and domain names, right in get-up, goodwill and the right to sue for passing off or unfair competition, rights in designs, rights in computer software, database rights, rights to preserve confidentiality of information (including know-how and trade secrets). It can also include any applications for (and rights to apply for and be granted) renewals or extensions of, and rights to claim priority from, and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection which subsist or will subsist, now or in the future, in any part of the world.


    • During Application

    As a problem solver, if you would like to share intellectual property rights which may contribute to the value proposition of the solution, it will be advisable to consider getting appropriate legal advice prior to making any disclosures in your application.

    Please be aware that r2wi will not require the disclosure of any confidential information or obligations of confidentiality from any individual or entity involved in the process.


    • Will I as Problem Solver retain my Intellectual Property rights?

    Each Problem Owner has a preferred IP arrangement for their challenge, which is also reflected under the respective Problem Statement Terms.

    After the selection of the team(s) into the deep mentoring phase and prior to the development of the POC/Prototype, the Problem Solver and Problem Owner can enter into a new agreement governing the terms of the POC/Prototype. If necessary, IP workshops can also be provided to guide Problem Solvers on IP arrangements.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to read through the specific terms and conditions of each problem statement before applying.


    • What Intellectual Property rights will Problem Owners have?

    Problem Owners have to acknowledge the Problem Solver ownership of IP rights, and all IP created from Problem Solver’s work on the Problem Statement is to be owned by the Problem Solver. However, Problem Owner may propose IP and exclusivity positions with the selected team(s) before proceeding further into the deep mentoring phase which may include development, testing and evaluation of the solution proposed.


    • General IP Guidelines

    The background IP (for eg. datasets, information and materials) provided by the Problem Owner will belong to the problem statement owner. The Problem Owner may require the Problem Solver to sign a Non-disclosure agreement before the release of such background IP.

    The background IP proposed and/or provided by the Problem Solver will reside with the Problem Solver as this is what they bring forward as part of their application and participation in the digital water hackathon.

    Any technology/product development that may result in the creation of foreground IP will be undertaken by the Problem Owner and Problem Solver.

    No. We will accept applications from all background It is sufficient to have interest in the digital water sector. However, you are expected to bring valuable skillsets to contribute to a viable business team, and bring ideas into reality.

    Yes, we do! Initially, we welcome participants from all countries to join our Digital Water Programme. The 5-day bootcamp is a hybrid (physical + live conference) event in Singapore, with the intent to help individual applicants to form teams to build their solution value proposition.  For overseas teams, you will probably find Day 0 useful from the more in-depth sharing of the digital water landscape, problem statements, and Q&A with the problem statement owners.


    Teams that are selected into the deep mentoring stage will have 1-1 access to business and technical mentors, as well as to domain experts from the problem statement owners. Use these sessions to refine your solution, impress the problem statement owners and the stakeholders around you.  You will know if you are onto something big in the process, and towards demo day.

    Participants must bring their own computers, ID cards and other tools they may need (charging device, mouse, keyboard, USB flash drive, etc). Most importantly bring on your passion to create!

    For details of our list of problem statements click here.

    Definitely! We welcome existing startups and SMEs to leverage on our business and technical mentors to refine their existing solutions solving the problem statements of our stakeholders.

    If your questions are not addressed in our FAQs, kindly reach out to us at

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    80 Toh Guan Road East
    Singapore 608575

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    80 Toh Guan Road East
    Singapore 608575