TKK YIA 2016

Young Inventors' Award 2016

Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors' Award 2016 is now open for project submission. Please submit your projects through our online submission portal by .

We look forward to hearing about your exciting innovations.

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Online Application Period -
Shortlisting Period
Interview for Shortlisted Participants
- Junior Section
- Student Section
Interview for Shortlisted Participants
- Senior Section
- Open Section
Interview for Shortlisted Participants
- Defence Science Section
Second Interview
- Junior Section
- Student Section
Result Announcement
Award Presentation Ceremony
Exhibition -

Note: dates stated for the interviews are fixed - no changes will be allowed.


  • Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents (PRs)
  • Non-Singapore citizens or non-PRs who are residing in Singapore winners will only be eligible to receive Special Awards (only medals and/or certificates).
  • For Junior Student, Student and Senior Student sections, participants must be full-time students.
  • Participants shall meet the age requirement of the specific section as shown below
Junior StudentBelow 13*
StudentBelow 19*
Senior StudentBelow 25*
OpenBelow 36*
Defence ScienceBelow 36*

* on 31 Dec 2016


Projects will be scored on Creativity, Originality & Practicality.

For Defence Science section, inventions must be relevant to defence and security.

Rules and Conditions

  1. Participants may sign up individually or as a team of not more than 3 members.
  2. For team participation, particulars of all members involved in the invention must be declared. Teams with undeclared members will be disqualified.
  3. If patent has been filed for the invention, patent document shall be submitted upon request.
  4. For Entries which are patented or in progress of patenting, one of the team members must be the principal investigator of the patent. The contributions / shares of the team members in the patent must also be clearly stated.
  5. All applications must be submitted online by . Participants are required to upload or send in Project Details File according to the template. An entry will be disqualified if its Project Details File submitted fails to follow the template.
  6. Participants are allowed to submit more than one invention. However, each invention must be submitted online separately.
  7. Participants are NOT allowed to submit the same entry to more than one section.
  8. Entries must be participants' own inventions; any form of plagiarism will be rejected.
  9. Only participants whose projects are shortlisted will be invited for interview.
  10. Participants shall bear all costs incurred in submitting entries and invention prototypes. Participants should get their prototypes ready upon submitting their entries. However, they are only required to bring in their prototypes and present to the judging panel when they turn up for interview or as and when requested by the judging panel.
  11. The organisers will not be responsible for any loss of patent rights.
  12. The judging panel's decision will be final.
  13. Winners are required to provide their prototypes for an exhibition in conjunction with the Award Presentation Ceremony.
  14. While every care will be exercised in the handling of the invention prototypes, the organisers will not be held responsible for any loss or damage.
  15. Participants must retrieve their invention prototypes within 2 weeks after the award presentation and exhibition from the designated place. Otherwise, the organizers reserve the right to dispose the invention prototypes.
  16. The rules and regulations are subject to change.


Junior Student

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Senior Student

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Open / Defence

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School Award

For Junior Student and Student sections, cash awards of S$3,000, S$2,000 and S$1,000 will be given to schools with outstanding participation and quality entries.


Junior Student

Mr Alex Tang
Former MOE Officer, Member
TKKYIA Committee
Mr Lim Poh Seng
TKKYIA Committee
Dr Charles Chew Ming Kheng
Principal Master Teacher, Physics
Academy of Singapore Teachers
Ministry of Education
Dr Low Hwee Boon
TKKYIA Committee


Dr Chew Fook Tim
Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science
National University of Singapore
Mr Soon Tats Fah
Deputy Director (Industrial Design), School of Design
Nanyang Polytechnic

Senior Student / Open

Defence Science


To be uploaded. Stay tuned...