Co-Innovate &
Co-Create With Us!
Together, we can shape the future of
Singapore's defence and security.
See Your Ideas
Take Shape
At HackerFest 2018, We are looking to partner start-ups, enterprises, academia and students to develop innovative solutions.

DSTA@71 is a dynamic co-innovation open lab by Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA). Plugged into the technology start-up clusters, the lab aims to accelerate local start-ups by working with them towards the rapid development of technologies to strengthen Singapore’s defence and security.

We run a series of programmes designed to support networking and collaboration with industry partners. They include Tech Talks, HackerFest and Innovation Calls to seek out innovative solutions from the community to real-life challenges.

Artifical Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

To harness artificial intelligence for technology scanning, maritime security, modelling and simulation, command systems and more

Data Science

Data Science

To optimise solutions and reduce operator workload for fleet management and more



To utilise automation in emerging domains

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality

To leverage immersive technologies to provide breakthrough solutions in areas beyond training and virtual command centres


Our open lab was set up in 2018 as a springboard to tap new and disruptive technologies. Designed for open access, it offers a dedicated platform for co-innovation, collaboration and conceptualisation of breakthrough innovations to strengthen the defence and security of Singapore. It is located in Block 71 at Singapore’s JTC Launch Pad, a vibrant and innovative hub for start-ups and incubators.



At DSTA’s inaugural HackerFest, see your ideas take shape. We are looking to partner start-ups, enterprises, academia and students to develop innovative solutions in image analytics, gamification and immersive technology to strengthen Singapore’s defence and security!

Tech Talks and Networking Sessions

Participate in our Tech Talks where we bring in DSTA’s subject matter experts and industry partners to share their expertise. You can also gain direct access to industry partners through DSTA’s local and overseas partnerships and connections.



Participants can work with DSTA and connect with mentors as well as industry networks through DSTA and NUS Enterprise. Up to S$3,000 cash benefits are up for grabs!

Collaboration Opportunities

Collaboration Opportunities

  • Opportunities to contribute to Singapore’s defence and security through potential partnerships
  • Develop long-term strategic partnerships


  • 3 winners will be selected from each category
    • Open category: S$3,000 each
    • Student category: S$500 each
  • No equity is taken
Mentorship and Industry Network

Mentorship and
Industry Network

  • Exposure to NUS Enterprise and industry partners
  • Exclusive incubator and/or mentorship programmes provided for winners by NUS Enterprise


  • Application Phase

    22 Oct – 19 Nov 2018

    Applications for challenge statements open.

  • Selection Phase

    20-22 Nov 2018

    Shortlisting and evaluation of submissions.

  • HackerFest & Pitch Day

    24-25 Nov 2018

    Final presentation for shortlisted participants.
    Winners receive a portion of the monies for prototyping purposes.

  • Incubation and MVP Phase

    Dec 2018 – Feb 2019

    HackerFest winners to be placed in an accelerator programme to develop a Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

  • Demo Day

    Feb 2019

    HackerFest winners showcase MVPs; remaining prize monies to be awarded.

  • After Demo Day

    An opportunity to work with DSTA to contribute to the defence and security of Singapore for selected MVPs.


Evaluation Criteria
S/N Evaluation Criterion Weightage (%)
1 Originality and innovation 15%
2 Quality of prototype 15%
3 Feasibility and adaptability 30%
4 Technical assessment 40%
Total Score 100%


Submission Requirements
  1. Name of team
  2. Pitch of team in less than 100 words
  3. Pitch of idea in less than 500 words
    1. Proposed exploration plan
    2. Deliverables or outcome
    3. Potential benefits
  4. Scope of next development
    1. Estimated cost and timeline

About us

The Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) implements defence technology plans, acquires defence equipment and supplies, and develops defence infrastructure for the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF).
For more information, visit www.dsta.gov.sg

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NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS), plays a pivotal role in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship at NUS and beyond. It actively promotes entrepreneurship and cultivates global mind-sets and talents through the synergies of experiential entrepreneurial education, active industry partnerships, holistic entrepreneurship support and catalytic entrepreneurship outreach. Its initiatives and global connections support a range of entrepreneurial journeys and foster ecosystem building in new markets. These initiatives augment and complement the University’s academic programmes and act as a unique bridge to industry well beyond Singapore’s shores.
For more information, please visit https://enterprise.nus.edu.sg