The Housing Development Board (HDB) was looking to encourage the public to come up with tech-powered solutions to enhance the safety and vibrancy of the HDB estate.
HDB would benefit from having a focused group of capable and committed innovators who will be more likely to create well developed prototypes, Minimum Viable Products (MVPs), if they are given enough time to develop and test their ideas.
We designed a two-stages open innovation programme. After the open call for ideas in the first stage, finalists will have a chance to create and test their ideas within a period of up to 3 months. The programme was designed with the Design Thinking process in mind, with community mapping exercise to understand the need on the ground, technical workshops to help participants with their prototype and testing sessions where they can get feedback from potential users.
The Hack produced 6 prototypes addressing various issues, such as IoT-powered community gardening platform, HDB flats visualisation using Augmented Reality, and a mobile application to encourage the economic vibrancy of the neighbourhood shops.