Last updated: 27 May 2019

Published on: 28 July 2017


Annual hackathon Code::XtremeApps:: (CXA) concluded this year with the prize presentation ceremony awarding the best solutions devised to address several real-world challenge statements posed.

SINGAPORE – 28 JULY 2017Imagine a smart bus stop equipped with sensors to detect rain and heat, and activating retractable shelters and cooling systems respectively. How about smart robot cleaners that roam the malls at night, each with a designated cleaning area and deployed only when necessary? These could be possible in the near future! 

Annual hackathon Code::XtremeApps:: (CXA) concluded this year with the prize presentation ceremony awarding the best solutions devised to address several real-world challenge statements posed. 

Jay Lim Jiayi, Wang Yaofeng and Oh Yong Liang from Neptune, the winning team from the Open category, walked away with cash prizes worth a total of $9,000, while Hacker Republic and Pro Hackers, the top winning teams for the School and Junior categories respectively, walked away with attractive gadget prizes. 

The winning solutions of the top teams include improving overall safety of operations within the port through the use of data, sensors and GPS to provide real-time feedback, allowing for faster response times; an application that allows the monitoring of crowd engagement of ad-hoc events and exhibitions; and a smart bus stop solution that uses sensors to detect weather conditions as well as alert commuters of approaching buses.

Challenge statements this year were contributed by the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore, PSA Singapore and Suntec City. The topics include:

  • fleet management

  • hot-desking

  • smart inventory and asset management

  • cyber security

  • crowd engagement

  • feedback management

Teams were assessed based on a range of criteria including key elements such as how well challenge statements were addressed, the value and impact of the applications to end-users and their technical features. Solutions that are seen to be viable, may have potential funding opportunities to develop the ideas further.

Said Mr. Tan Kiat How, Chief Executive of IMDA, “We are pleased to see many enthusiastic individuals who have great ideas and capabilities this year. I am particularly impressed by the passion and quality of projects by the children in the Junior category. Innovation is a crucial ingredient in enabling Singapore to continually tackle challenges and seize growth opportunities in a digital era. This hackathon is a good platform that brings people and companies together to think about practical solutions to existing business problems, and inspire new ways of thinking.”

On top of the top three prizes for each category, two special prizes were awarded this year – the Best & Innovative by Design Award awarded by PSA to the team from the Open Category that demonstrates the most innovative design solution in tackling PSA’s challenge statements; and the Security by Design prize awarded by CSA, which will be awarded to the team that best demonstrates their approach and implementation of ‘Security by Design’, or how it has incorporated security considerations upfront in the design of their project.

The longest-running 24-hour hackathon is into its 11th year, and saw 118 teams comprising more than 340 participants – a mix of students, software engineers, business analysts, programmers and more - coming together this year to compete in computer programming, to innovate and solve challenges using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and standards, and to fuel solutions towards this year’s theme on My Smart City: Connecting Our Senses.

Participants were split into three broad categories – Junior, for those aged 12 or up to Primary 6; School, for those in secondary to pre-university; and Open, for enthusiasts of all ages, including students from polytechnics, universities, and working professionals.

CXA also continued its strong history of ensuring participating teams were well prepared, with multiple workshops and site visits organised prior to competition day to give participants the basics of not just IoT technologies, but also on standards, data analytics, business intelligence, and the personal data protection act.

Organised by the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and IT Standards Committee (ITSC), and supported by CSA, Home-Fix D.I.Y., PSA Singapore and Suntec City, the CXA hackathon aims to raise the awareness of coding, computational thinking and problem solving, and to get more people of all ages interested. The hackathon also aims to encourage the use of standards when deriving solutions.

Related Resources

Annex A: CXA 2017 Hackathon Factsheet (400.18KB)

Annex B: Challenge Statements (448.69KB)

Annex C: Winners’ Profiles (378.15KB)

Annex D: Judging Criteria (246.16KB)

Annex E: Details on Special Award Prizes (249.79KB)

Annex F: Details on Training Sessions (818.57KB)


About Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) will develop a vibrant, world-class infocomm media sector that drives the economy, connects people, bonds communities and powers Singapore's Smart Nation vision. IMDA does this by developing talent, strengthening business capabilities, and enhancing Singapore's ICT and media infrastructure. IMDA also regulates the telecommunications and media sectors to safeguard consumer interests while fostering a pro-business environment. IMDA also enhances Singapore’s data protection regime through the Personal Data Protection Commission. For more news and information, visit or follow IMDA on Facebook IMDAsg and Twitter @IMDAsg.

About ITSC

The Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC) was formed in 1990, under the purview of the Standards Council appointed by SPRING Singapore. It is an industry-led effort comprising volunteer members from the industry, supported by IDA Singapore and SPRING Singapore. It is a neutral platform for interested stakeholders from the industry, academia and the government to get together and look into the local needs for IT standards and establish local standards, promote the awareness and adoption of IT standards, and represent Singapore in international standards platforms. More information can be obtained from

For media clarifications, please contact:

Regina GOH (Ms)
Manager, Communications & Marketing, IMDA
DID: 6211 1295; HP: 9839 5913

Speech by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, at the Personal Data Protection Seminar 2017 Read the next article

Explore more