General Guidelines

  1. The nominees are judged primarily on their innovativeness in the use of infocomm technology or the innovative development of an infocomm product/solution.
  2. Awards Categories
    MOST PROMISING INNOVATION Recognises the innovation behind products or solutions developed by Singapore-registered companies. The product or solution must create outstanding impact on the way businesses operate or greatly enhance the quality of lives for end users. The companies should have fulfilled a marketplace need by developing a commercially viable business model around this innovative product or solution, which has the potential to be sustainable in the long run. They should also have carved out new markets, with high growth potential, for themselves through this innovative product or solution.
    1. Promise of Idea
    2. Stage of Idea
    3. Go To Market

    Recognises Singapore-registered companies, public sector organisations, non-governmental organisations and social sector organisations that have adopted products or solutions leveraging emerging technologies. Solutions could have been co-developed jointly with technology companies to digitally transform their businesses, resulting in greater competitive advantage, operational efficiency, enhanced productivity and improved citizens or customer experiences.

    Note: This award is given to a User Organisation, with possible mention of the technology company and solution(s) used. Submissions are open to User Organisations. Tech companies who wish to participate should jointly submit the application with a user organisation.
    1. Adopting the Innovation
    2. Innovativeness of Solution
    3. Business Impact and Value

    Recognises innovative ideas with commercialisation potential developed by students and student teams from Singapore public educational institutions. Solutions must leverage emerging technologies to fulfil a marketplace need or have potential to carve out new markets. The submission should demonstrate the spirit of entrepreneurship through technology innovation, and include potential business plans. This award category aims to discover and encourage the next generation of innovators.

    Note: Teams must comprise of full-time students at the same OR different Singapore public educational institution. At least one member must be 15 years old and above. Teams should minimally have a working prototype developed, which would need to be presented at the Semi-Final and Final Judging rounds.
    1. Innovativeness of Idea
    2. Market Potential and Commercialisation Opportunity
    3. Project Presentation - will be required if you are shortlisted
  3. These transformational product, solutions and services help to drive a Smart Nation and contribute to the Singapore Economy.
  4. A Nominator may nominate his/her own or another organisation/team for the award. The Nominee must be a Singapore-registered organisation or Teams from Singapore public educational institutions.

Entries Eligibility

  1. General Eligibility
    1. The organisation and/or individual must own the product/technology exploitation rights to the Intellectual Property (IP).
    2. Majority of the product development efforts (including, research and development and design) must be carried out and completed within Singapore
    3. For Most Promising Innovation and Best Adoption, all local and Singapore-based organisations/companies must be registered as a legal entity under the Singapore Company Act.
    4. For Student Techblazer, teams registered should comprise full-time students at Singapore public educational institutions with a working prototype developed.
  2. Non-Eligibility
    1. An entry which has won an award in Techblazer Awards 2018, 2019 and 2020 is not eligible for participation in the Techblazer 2021 Award, unless there are substantial enhancements made on the original winning entry for it to be considered in their submission for the award in 2021.
  3. Award Entries
    1. Submissions must meet all criteria stipulated in this guideline or it will be disqualified.

Submission and Judging Process

  1. Call for Entries Submission
    1. Entries submission period: 28 June 2021 to 31 August 2021
    2. Submissions must meet all criteria stipulated in this guideline or it will be disqualified.
  2. Preliminary
    1. All entries will be evaluated by an Expert Panel with members from public agencies, the industry and SGTech.
    2. All entries will be evaluated and shortlisted for Semi-Final Judging based on the information submitted online in accordance with the judging criteria.
  3. Semi-Final Judging
    1. All shortlisted entries will be required to present to a Semi-Final Judging Panel, with members from public agencies, the industry, research communities and SGTech. Semi-Final judging will be held on: 19 October 2021 to 21 October 2021 (Tuesday to Thursday)
    2. Participants will be notified via email on the presentation date and time. Judging dates are pre-arranged according to the availability of the judges in the respective categories. Requests to reschedule will not be accommodated.
    3. Each entry will be allocated 15mins (10mins for presentation and 5mins for Q&A) and an additional 3mins allocated for setup.
  4. Final Judging
    1. Finalists will be informed via email on their successful qualification to the final round of judging by the first week of November 2021 with their allocated presentation date and time. Judging dates are confirmed and requests to reschedule would not be entertained. 
    2. Finalists are required to present to the Final Judging Panel, with members from public agencies, the industry, research communities and SGTech.
    3. Final Judging will be held on: 9 November 2021 to 11 November 2021 (Tuesday to Thursday) 
    4. Each entry will be allocated 25mins (10mins for presentation and 15mins for Q&A) and an additional 3mins allocated for setup.
    5. Finalists will be given the following:
      1. A certificate to recognize participation in the finals
      2. One (01) ticket to attend the award prize presentation event
      3. Use of the Techblazer Awards Finalist Logo on company name cards
      4. Shortlisted finalists may get the chance to be invited to participate in Demo Days, pitching and business matching sessions.
      5. Entitlements as part of the Winners Benefits and Package.
    6. The decision of the Judges is final.
  5. Prize Ceremony
    1. All finalists will be invited to attend the prize ceremony on 24 January 2022.
    2. Finalists will be informed of the details of the ceremony via email.
  6. Winners Benefits and Package

Winners will stand to enjoy the following perks and benefits:

  1. Marketing and publicity package covering congratulatory advertisements, social media posts and advertorials for print and online media for Techblazer Awards 2021
  2. Techblazer Awards 2021 Winner's Logo for usage in marketing collaterals or name cards
  3. Complimentary booths and marketing opportunities at selected events (subject to availability)1
  4. Priority pitching opportunity to the Startup Funding Programme2
  5. Invitation to post-award activities such as networking and pitching events to investors, venture capitalists, business partners or buyers3
  6. Priority consideration for enrolment into SG:D Spark programme by IMDA4
  7. Priority access and booking of PIXEL activities and facilities5
  8. Invitation to participate in overseas market access opportunities through IMDA and SGTech programmes and initiatives (subject to availability)6
  9. Complimentary SGTech membership (valued from $1,500) till 30 June 2023 & Priority to SGTech member events7
  10. Opportunity for Student Internship, subject to availability. 
1 When opportunities arise, IMDA and SGTech will reach out to you. 
2 T&Cs apply. Only for winners and finalists of Most Promising Innovation category.
3 When opportunities arise, SGTech will reach out to you.
4 Subject to assessment upon receipt of documents to be submitted within 12 months of being awarded the Techblazer Award 2021. Only for winners of Most Promising Innovation category.
5 Prior booking and application is required, but with green-lane access. T&Cs apply. Subject to availability of activities and facilities. Valid for calendar year 2022.
6 When opportunities arise, IMDA and SGTech will reach out to you. T&Cs apply. Only for winners of Most Promising Innovation category.
7 T&Cs apply. Applicable to Non-SGTech members.