Introduction


Innovation is at the heart of everything and it is an essential skill for the 21st century. In collaboration with Starburst Aerospace, Nanyang Technopreneurship Center (NTC) will be launching a hackathon for students to work with companies to bring forth exciting innovations and concrete ideas for our aviation industry. As the first and only global aerospace accelerator, Starburst is an innovation catalyst in the space, aviation and defense industry. They assist teams made up of entrepreneurs and scientists to transform their ideas into marketable products.

About the Competition


Launching for the first time this year, the Starburst x NTC Hackathon is focused on the most innovative ideas to enhance our service and transport industries such as aviation. We want to foster unique and technical solutions to challenges by discovering the most creative thinkers in the region. Do you have what it takes to be the champion?

Eligibility


This hackathon is open to:

  • Students who are studying in Nanyang Technological University, from undergraduate to postgraduate studies.

Why should YOU join?


Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been programming for years, hackathons are a great place to learn new skills, build your network, share innovative ideas and have fun. Projects will be judged based on innovation and others! Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with Starburst's corporate partners. 

Team

  • Individual or team applications are accepted.
  • A team can have a maximum of up to 4 members.

    Register for the Hackathon here.

C H O O S E   A   C A S E


Choose one of the cases below to propose an innovative solution (yes just a solution)!
For this hackathon, a working prototype is optional.

*You must participate with an idea that you have not worked on before. Existing idea(s) or project(s) that are already made available in the market will be disqualified.



1. Mitigation of human errors and reshaping air traffic control through technology

Air traffic control is known to be one of the most demanding jobs on the planet. The Federal Aviation Administration allows controllers to operate for two hours at a time before having to take a mandatory break. With the mental fatigue that the job entails, it is inevitable that a mistake will occur, leading to delays, which snowball into even more delays, causing unhappy customers and loss in profit.

Relevant solutions (non-exhaustive):

  • Speech to text translation to prevent miscommunication
  • More accurate location data and data visualization
  • Decision optimization tools


2. Innovation in Sustainability

With the world going green and governments pushing for sustainability, airlines must be prudent in ensuring that their carbon-based emissions are as low as possible. Globally, aviation produces 2% of all human-induced CO2 emissions. Single-plastic items are another problem that airlines must tackle. Plastic individually packaged servings are convenient for customers but detrimental towards the environment.

Relevant solutions (non-exhaustive):

  • Hydrogen fuel
  • Zero emission aircraft
  • Route optimization
  • Green packaging


3. Providing a seamless customer experience

The time it takes from check-in to take off may seem like an eternity. All the necessary checks and regulations are a hassle to many passengers, putting them in a foul mood before they even start their journey. The flight experience on board is integral to the passenger experience. With the minimum requirement of cabin crew being 1 per 50 passengers, it can take some time for a passenger to be serviced.

Relevant solutions (non-exhaustive):

  • Automated check-in
  • Contactless check-in / payments / on-board experience
  • Customised passenger experience - pre-boarding, in-flight and post-flight
  • Customised in-flight entertainment systems


4. Digitalisation of operations

There are many tasks in the Aviation industry that would greatly benefit from digitalization and automation. Biometric facial recognition could be used for faster check-ins. Robots could be used to handle baggage or guide people through airports. Electronic tickets and E-tags for baggage are available but not fully implemented. The possibilities for digitalization are endless.

Relevant solutions (non-exhaustive):

  • Robotics (manufacturing / maintenance / training)
  • Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality / Mixed Reality
  • Biometrics / digital identity

Timeline


Please register in a team of 1 to 4 pax.
*At least 1 member of the team must attend the virtual Orientation Session.

Finalists will be invited to join an online mentorship session conducted by Starburst and their corporate partners.
During the session, finalists will receive feedback on their first proposals and be acquainted with tools to enhance their ideas and decks.

 

11 MayRegistration closes
14 MayVirtual Orientation Session
*At least 1 member of each team must be virtually present
28 MayProposal Submission
*Proposals must be submitted in PDF, less than 5MB
11 JunAnnouncement of Finalists
14 - 18 JunMeeting with Mentorship Companies (for Finalists)
*All members must be virtually present
21 Jun Demo Day Finale
*All members must be virtually present


Prizes


Yes, there will be prizes! These can be anything from NASA collectibles by Starburst and/or even a special Innovation Award presented by NTC.
However, the details here are still being finalized. Check back on our website closer to the event to see the full list of prizes.

Judging Rubrics


*You may participate with an idea that you have not worked on before. Existing idea(s) or project(s) that are already made available in the market will be disqualified.

 Decisions made by the judges are final.

Degree of InnovationHow innovative and how competitive is the idea?
Does this idea improve upon other ideas of the past?
Target MarketWhich end products could rely on this idea and for which customer demands?
Are there customers asking for the product and with what volume?
FinanceWhich physical means need to be purchased to validate the proposed idea?
Does it include tailor-made hardware to be bought or off-the-shelf?
What is the Scope of Investment?
Corporate FitIs the solution a good fit for the problem statement?
How affordable is the solution?
What is the price point of the solution compared to others?
FeasibilityHow easily can the solution be implemented?
How long will it take to implement the solution?


Submission Guidelines

1. Submission deadline is 28 May, 2359.

2. Your names, matriculation number and chosen use case must be stated on the cover page.

3. Proposals are to be submitted in PDF format, less than 5 MB.

  • 10 slides, excluding your cover page.
  • Please notify us individually if you are submitting a demo video.

4. Please submit your proposals to sbntc_hack@outline.com by 28 May, 2359.

5. The PDF should be named as Team Name (or Individual Name)_Use Case Number_SBNTCHack_2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Starburst Aero x NTU NTC Hackathon will be held completely online.
The hackathon is open to all current NTU students! There is no restriction on age or type of academic programme.
You do not need to know how to code or program. The hackathon welcomes all applicants who have an interest in technopreneurship, innovation and passion to enhance our aviation and transport industries!

Please register for the hackathon here.

Your registration will be reviewed by a member of our team soon. Please be patient as we review all applications. You will be notified via email of the outcome.

Please submit your proposal to:  sbntc_hack@outlook.com  

All proposals must be submitted in PDF format, less than 5 MB, a maximum of 10 slides (excluding the cover page) by 28 May, 2359. If the file is above 3 MB or in the incorrect format, your submission will not be accepted.

Please state your names, matriculation number and chosen use case on the cover page.

Notify us individually if you are submitting a demo video along with your proposal.

PDFs should be named as Team Name (or Individual Name)_Use Case Number_SBNTCHack_2021.

A working prototype is optional.
Check out our Instagram @ntuntc for updates on the Hackathon.

You can sign up as an individual OR as teams of up to 4 members. Please register here.

For any changes to submitted details, please submit an amendment request to: ntc@ntu.edu.sg by 15 May.

Any requests sent after the deadline will not be considered.

Orientation Session: At least 1 member of each team to attend.

Mentorship Session (for Finalists): All members of the team must be present.

Demo Day Finale (for Finalists): All members of the team must be present.

All pre-event communications will occur via email, so make sure to check your inbox! During the event, we’ll be using our Instagram @ntuntc and email to engage and communicate important information with all participants.
Applicants must participate with an idea that you have not worked on before. Existing idea(s) or project(s) that are already made available in the market or have been submitted for previous competitions will be disqualified.

Shortlisted teams will receive an email with details of the Demo Day Finale on 11 June 2021.

The finalists will also be announced on Instagram @ntuntc.

Yes, there will be prizes! These can be anything from NASA collectibles presented by Starburst to a special Innovation Award by NTC. However, the details here are still being finalized. Check back on our website closer to the event to see the full list of prizes.

Still have other questions? Please feel free to contact us at ntc@ntu.edu.sg!
NTU NTC reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions of the event without prior notice.

Partners

Starburst Aero is an innovation catalyst in the aerospace industry. They are the first and only global aerospace accelerator, connecting startups with corporates, investors and government, providing growth and investment opportunities for all. With offices in Los Angeles, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Mumbai, Korea, Singapore, and Tel Aviv, the team has built an ecosystem of key players with thousands of startups in their network. Starburst aims to help startups scale their business in aerospace, aviation and defense with access to the largest group of corporate stakeholders.