Led by FairPrice Group (FPG), Food, Innovation & Technology (FIT) Hack is all about discovering new ideas, concepts and business models from students in order to build a more sustainable world.

This is in line with our firm belief of making lives better for all through sustainability, for example via our annual FairPrice Share-A-Textbook (SAT) programme, which helps reduce waste by promoting and facilitating the donation of pre-loved textbooks to needy students. In fact, exploring ways to make SAT even greener is one of the topics at FIT Hack, which aims to:

Nurture student potential and capabilities by creating a conducive space for the next generation of innovators to propose ideas for a greener Singapore.

Enable students to showcase their green solutions or innovative business models, with opportunities to test and apply these ideas within the FPG ecosystem

Discover new trends, concepts and business models by bringing together schools, government agencies and FPG business units to create a collective of mentors, speakers, resource experts and community partners while uncovering new talent. Introducing our inaugural FIT (Food, Innovation & Technology) Hack event, where we want to hear your ideas for a better future. We're looking for solutions that will help shape a more sustainable, liveable world for all. Together, we're able to make a difference!

Want to help build a greener world? We’re looking for ideas and solutions that will achieve any of the below:

  • Lower carbon emissions

    Help our employees and customers reduce their carbon footprint. Our business is operated by a large, dynamic workforce, and serves the entire population. How can we drive and support employee and public behavioural change to promote healthy diets, sustainable transport and a circular economy?

  • Reduce waste

    Help us adopt a circular approach to extend the life of our products and materials and reduce waste. How might we scale our efforts to promote alternatives to single-use plastics?

  • Enhance FairPrice Share-A-Textbook operations or outcomes

    Support our SAT efforts by increasing the amount of books donated and/or automating key processes to make sharing textbooks more accessible, fun and/or efficient. How might we scale efforts to educate the community on sustainability and inspire them to take action?

Want to know what you’re hacking for? You and your team could stand to win:

  • S$10,000
  • S$5,000
  • S$2,000
  • S$500

FIT Hack is open to teams of secondary- and tertiary-level students (2-5 pax).

How do we pick the winning teams? Your ideas will be judged based on the following:

Concept: 30%
  • Is there a clear need for the proposed solution?
  • Is the benefit clear to the user/customer?
  • How impactful is the solution in the life of the user/customer?
  • How unique is the proposed solution in its approach to solving a need, or in its execution of the idea?

User-centricity and Design: 30%

  • How user-friendly is the solution for the end-user?
  • How will users/customers receive the solution?
  • Has the team conducted any form of validation using their MVP/prototype to draw user insights?

Scalability and Effectiveness of the Solution: 30%

  • How likely is it that the user/customer will adopt the proposed solution?
  • How likely is it to impact many users or institutions / result in broad adoption?
  • Is the proposed solution in line with or fit any of the FPG brands?

Technology: 10%

  • How forward-thinking and impressive is the use of the technology?
  • Does the technology involve the use of Al, analytics and/or other emerging technologies?

Check out the lineup for the hackathon so you and your teammates can get planning!

  • 19th September 2021 - 19th November 2021: Register with your team
    • Please register in a team of 2 to 5 members. Individual registrations will not be accepted.
    • Submission Requirements:
      • 1) Students from secondary fo tertiary institutions are eligible to form teams and apply for the hackathon
      • 2) Ideas and solutions must align with the problem statements of the hackathon
      • 3) A short write-up (in point form) on each member's contribution to the project
      • 4) A short write-up on previous entrepreneurship experiences (if any)
  • 25th November 2021: Pre-Hackathon Workshop
    • Only shortlisted teams will be invited to join the exclusive workshop conducted by the FairPrice Group Sustainability Team and the FIT Hack Organising Team.
    • In this workshop, you will be acquainted with data and insights that will aid you in preparation for the hackathon.
    • We will also conduct a Q&A session to answer your questions on the problem statements, judging criteria, on-site support, and other relevant topics.
  • 9th December 2021 - 11th December 2021: FIT Hack 2021
    • All selected teams will undergo a 3-day hackathon to work on their idea/solution.
    • Industry experts will be on hand to provide mentorship and guidance.
    • Please note that FairPrice Group owns the rights to this hackathon and all decisions made are final.

Got a burning question about the hackathon? Have a look to see if it’s covered below and if not, you can always reach out to us at fpg.fithack@fairprice.com.sg

  • What is a hackathon?

    In general, a hackathon is a design sprint-like event, often with teams of participants along with industry process experts and professionals working together to identify issues and create solutions within the designated time.

  • Who can participate?

    All students from secondary to tertiary level are allowed to participate. Students are advised to form teams with a minimum of 2 members and a maximum of 5 members to be eligible for consideration.

  • How can I participate?

    Form your team and visit our microsite to explore the various problem statements before registering your team’s idea/solution through our website.

  • What’s in it for me?

    You can expect to learn new skills, gain industry knowledge, and have a chance to work on real life problems. During the hackathon, you will also receive mentorship from industry experts and widen your network with relevant stakeholders that can further support your idea. Last but not least, winning teams will receive cash prizes and a chance to gain support from our partners to continue working on your idea/solution towards proof of concept.

  • How are the winners selected?

    There will be a panel of judges from FairPrice Group, venture capital firms and established startups. The selection process will involve grading your team’s idea/solution based on the following criteria:

    • Concept
    • Scalability and Effectiveness
    • User-centricity and Design
    • Technology

  • Who will be judging?

    The judge panel composition will be announced closer to the date of the hackathon.

  • How many people should be in a team?

    A team should have 2-5 people.

  • What are the costs of participating?

    FREE. Free for spectators. Free for participants.

  • Will there be wireless internet access?

    Yes, there will be.

  • Can we use any programming language?


  • What should I bring?

    Bring your laptops, mobile phones and/or any portable computing devices that inspire you or that you want to work with.

  • Is there support available?

    The environment at the hackathon is designed specifically to encourage everyone to have fun and help each other. If you’re ever stuck on anything, speak to our on-site mentor or any of our team members who might be able to help. Teammates and other participants are on hand too, as this is a collaborative environment.

  • Are there any online platforms where I could share my ideas prior to the event?

    Ideas should be submitted directly via our microsite.

  • I have a question or concern. What should I do?

    Reach out to us. Don’t be shy! We’re here to help and create a great atmosphere.

  • I have another question not covered in your FAQs. What can I do?

    Do send us your question and we will update this list so that others can benefit from the answer. You can always reach out to us by emailing fpg.fithack@fairprice.com.sg

  • Are we allowed to use third-party components like open source libraries etc. to implement a solution, and are there limitations on component licensing?

    You can use any software, provided these are declared in the presentation and are being used lawfully i.e. under license.

  • What is the problem we will be hacking to solve?

    The problem statements are available on our microsite.

  • What is the cancellation policy?

    Canceling on your part would be a bummer for our team, so, please apply only if you are sure that you and your teammates are willing, able, and committed to participating, in order to prevent disruptions.

  • What about confidentiality of information?

    If you don’t want to distribute your code base, that’s OK. If you don’t wish to present your project, then a hackathon might not be the ideal place for you to work on that idea. We will be taking photos at the event and you will need to sign a document allowing us to share those pictures on social media. Do let us know beforehand if you don’t want to be in any pictures!

  • Who owns the rights of the intellectual property of my solution?

    The team that develops the project is the owner of the intellectual property and project. We do encourage making the code open source or sharing the code with others in the community, but it is not required to participate in the event.

    Before the presentations, our technical team will do a quick technical check to ensure that you created your project at the hackathon. You are allowed to use open source libraries, your own libraries etc., to develop your solution!

  • When do I get more information on the use case?

    We will provide additional information about the use case directly at the hackathon event to ensure fairness, so preparation is not necessary.

  • When do I get the required information?

    We will send you additional information and contact you before the hackathon. Before applying, please ensure that you and your teammates are available on that particular weekend. We will contact you to cover any questions or concerns if necessary.

  • Can I only participate in one challenge?

    You will have to select your preferred challenge. If you wish to cover more than one challenge, you may do so but you will still be judged according to the criteria of your preferred challenge.

  • Do all team members need to be present in person?

    Yes, every team member should be physically present. If a team member cannot be present during the pitch or can only attend later, please let us know and we will work something out!

  • Can I join remotely?

    No, we want this hackathon to be an on-site event so remotely joining/working with a remote team is not allowed.

  • Where will the hackathon take place?

    The hackathon will take place at Our Tampines Hub (OTH), 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523.

  • What is the program/timetable?

    Please check the timeline on the home page. Minor changes may be made to the schedule as required.

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