FOR THE PLANET - winners

We are pleased to announce the winners and runner-ups of a recent mission to hack space to find solutions to improving life on Earth. A final pitch session and prize ceremony was held and live streamed, on the 11th November 2019 during Singapore Week of Innovation & Technology.

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FIRST PRIZE: Zero hunger

Team KICKING FAMINE’S BUTT: Achieving zero hunger
UN goal 2: Zero hunger 
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  • Mariam Qorbanzada- KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Alexander Tan- National University of Singapore
  • Audrey Sin- National University of Singapore
  • Thaheera Althaf- Nanyang Technological University
  • Alexander Holmblad – KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Jonita Chew – National University of Singapore

Project ideaWe want to help farmers to enter the digital era. We want to remove the barriers that keep small scale and family run farms from implementing precision farming and help alleviate the strain on groundwater aquifers. This through an easy-to-use app, which offers satellite imagery, groundwater data and groundwater predictions, smart farming instructions, as well as a drone sharing feature.

Jury statement: “For the use of satellite data in an actionable way attacking one of the world’s greatest challenges. The solution is ambitious and has a potential to be realised in the near future”


Team Seaview: Project Seaview
(UN goal 14: Life below water)
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  • Tze Hin Seah – National University of Singapore
  • Su Yin Tan – National University of Singapore
  • Anna Eliasson – Uppsala University
  • Marta Bariagaber – University of Gothenburg
  • Sebastian Sjöblom – Uppsala University 
  • Martin Nordqvist – Uppsala University 
  • Sherene Sohai – Nanyang Technological University
Project idea: Our entry is addressing SDG 14 “Life Below Water” with a mobile application that can bring awareness to the widespread pollution and the dumping of waste into oceans and coastal waters. Our proposal to alleviate the current situation through this application, by creating awareness and subsequently developing a concern for this issue about our oceans. 

Team United Singapore and Sweden Enterprise: LIGHTS
(UN goal 12: Responsible consumption & production)
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  • Shao Ye Sng- National University of Singapore
  • Gürhan Sanıgök – Uppsala University 
  • Emma Buratovic – Uppsala University 
  • Hanna Brouillette – Malardalens University
  • Cecilia Melén – Uppsala University 
  • Nick Lee- Nanyang Technological University
  • Nicole Low- National University of Singapore

Project idea: The utilization of space based data to identify strategic locations for smart lamp posts to reduce unnecessary usage of light, and a game to change the mindsets of consumers so as to be more responsible users of light.

Hack space for the planet

 Team Aqua Hackers: Hydroplastic
(UN goal 14: Life below water)
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  • Amir Abdin – Uppsala University 
  • Vanessa Wong – National University of Singapore
  • Dania Mahmudi – KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Rishabh Sharma- National University of Singapore
  • Smridhi Patwari – National University of Singapore

Project idea: A huge patch of plastic waste has been accumulated over the Gulf of Thailand and we plan to remove this by proposing to build a recycling plant on Koh Larn Island situated on the Gulf itself. We plan to engage the local community in creating a sustainable plastic recycling business and establishing a circular economy from plastic waste around the Gulf. We hope to use satellite data in tracking the exact location of the plastic and studying our impact.


It’s the inaugural year and we seeked undergraduate/graduate student space explorers from Singapore and Sweden to form diverse crews ready to undertake an audacious mission. The mission is for students to learn, explore and come up with new ideas how satellite and open data and space technology can be used to find solutions to challenges on Earth, focusing on the 17 UN Sustainability goals. This mission is led by Embassy of Sweden in Singapore together with DIGG Swedish Agency for Digital Government, Business Sweden and a number of fantastic partners in Singapore and Sweden.

We had 121 students who applied in only one week from which we selected 30 talented and passionate individuals who have formed 4 teams taking on the UN SDGs. A crew of stellar mentors are supporting the students in their creation and shaping of their project ideas. The teams represent a great mix of Swedish and Singaporean nationalities, disciplines and also gender. 

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Industrial Engineering and Management & School of Entreprenurship
Industrial Marketing and Entrepreneurship
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Partner hack space for the planet
Porträtt - Project leader Hack space for planet

Karin Nilsdotter

CEO & Future Astronaut Spaceport Sweden. PCI & UN Equals Women in Tech Taskforce
Project Leader Hack Space for the Planet

Poträtt - Team member Hack space for planet

Serdar Temiz

PhD, Lecturer & Researcher on Innovation and Open Data
Uppsala University

Team member Hack space for the planet

Sanika Birthi

MSc Aerospace Engineering at NTU-TUM and Research Intern at Satellite Research Center
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore


Angela Yong

Program Manager for challengesgov.se
Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth