A*STAR Makeathon 2021


The first ever A*STAR Makeathon is a creative challenge that invites A*STAR staff to accelerate their innovative ideas into prototypes through the process of making. 

This innovation programme will be your opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals and create innovative solutions to important problems, all while learning new ways of working and innovating. Most importantly, we want you to have fun while being creative. 

This year, we are taking inspiration from the Singapore Green Plan 2030, a national sustainability movement to drive collective action to tackle climate change, and looking for sustainability solutions, especially in the areas of waste management, plastics, and energy

Theme & Challenges

‘Building a more sustainable Singapore: Save Today, Safe Tomorrow.’

Singapore is already feeling the impact of climate change.  We are experiencing hotter weather and heavier rainstorms.  As a low-lying country, Singapore is vulnerable to rising sea levels.  

Singapore has pledged to reduce its emissions intensity by 36% of 2005 levels by 2030. Beyond 2030, we aim to halve emissions from the peak by 2050, and to achieve net zero emissions as soon as viable in the second half of the century. The economy’s largest Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions sources are Industry (46%), Power (39%), and Transport (13%).  

Singapore aims to be a Zero Waste nation powered by a “circular economy”, focused on removing waste from the resource ecosystem and keeping resources in use for as long as possible.  The Government has recently launched the Singapore Green Plan 2030, a national sustainability movement to drive collective action to tackle climate change.  

Alongside large-scale carbon capture and other industrial abatement applications, more sustainability solutions could be co-created between Government, businesses and consumers under the Green Plan.  Businesses should better understand their impact and close the waste loop.  Similarly, consumers have to play a part by changing the way we live, work and play.

Understanding what incentivises and ultimately drives these behavioural changes is as critical to the success of your solution as the use of technology.

Useful links:

Towards Zero Waste

The Next Plastic Revolution

Power to the People



Opportunities & Prizes

Terms and conditions apply.

How to Participate

Watch Our Info Session Briefing

Making Your Team Application

The next step will be to make your team application as a team. Please refer to the following points to make sure your team is complete: 
  • Participating teams should contain 3-4 members.
  • The team should be lead by at least 2 researchers/staffs with an A*STAR affiliation. Participating staff may invite their friends to join their team.
  • Each team member should be at least 18 years of age.
  • All team members must be based in Singapore for the remainder of 2021.
  • Only one member needs to register on behalf of the team.  
We invite you to make an application and tell us about your idea by Monday, 31 May, 2359hrs (UTC+8).

Access our application guidelines here: http://bit.ly/asm21-guide

To make a team application, please fill up the form below.


Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions here.

Event Calendar

The A*STAR Makeathon is supported by Makerspace @ A*StartCentral - a vibrant space where you can access tools and materials to develop your ideas into functioning prototypes. We regularly hold workshops to get people introduced to the Makerspace, and working with their hands. 

Check out the upcoming events here: https://www.facebook.com/deeptechsg/events/

Upcoming Events



Design Thinking Workshop

Virtual workshop



Application Deadline




Announcement of Shortlisted Teams