CY Summit 2023

CYSummit 2023

CYS’ very first in person summit of this scale saw 897 registrations across 3 full days of activities spanning YouthxIndustry, YouthxForum and YouthxWorkshops. 


The first half of 2023 saw huge shifts in the tech landscape, with mass layoffs in big tech bringing waves of uncertainty and anxiety to youths concerned about the outlook of their future in tech. Themed “Defining Our Digital Narrative, Together ”, CYSummit 2023 sought to dispel these fears by providing youths with a platform to learn about opportunities available to them, to equip themselves with the skills needed to harness these opportunities, as well as to empower and inspire them to take charge of their careers and the future direction of the tech industry. 


CYSummit 2023:

  • Celebrated all youth in tech
  • Enabled youths to explore opportunities in tech for career development
  • Enabled youths to forge meaningful connections with industry experts & peers, both locally and globally
  • Allowed for knowledge exchanges between youth and industry players to support their personal career development in the tech industry 
  • Inspired youths to find their “why”
  • Exposed youths to varying areas of today’s tech industry


Focus Areas

CYSummit 2023 gave youths exposure to a range of tech and tech adjacent sectors through personal networking and mentorship, insightful panel discussions, as well as engaging, hands on workshops. 

Tech consulting

national Defense

Tech Law

Banking and
Financial Services




897 Registrants

91 Exhibitors

26 Speakers

Key Activities

YouthXWorkshops:  Designed to help young people gain valuable knowledge and skills in the tech industry, these sessions will offer bite-sized knowledge and tips to increase exposure to the latest developments in the field.

YouthXIndustry:  A career development festival brought together young people and industry professionals, fostering a nurturing environment through “speed-mentorship”. Here, participants had the opportunity to showcase their CVs and resumes to participating organisations and received mentorship and guidance on areas for improvement.

YouthXForum: A series of panel discussions covering a variety of topics including Web 3.0, Blockchain, Metaverse, and Artificial Intelligence. This key activity aims to facilitate youth-led conversations about technology, Singapore, and the future, urging the youths to engage in thought-provoking discussions and learn from industry experts and young leaders in the tech community.

Thoughts on CYSummit 2023

Snippets From CYSummit 2023

YouthxForum Panelists & Moderators

Lance Foo

Senior Director, Talent Acquisition, NCS

Desmond Choo

Assistant Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress; Mayor of North East District; Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC

Carmen Lim

PSB Academy Alumni; Knit Technologies Technical Desk Manager, Security Engineer

Aaron Ang

Chief Executive, Cyber Youth Collective

Koh Sze Liat

VP / Head, Cybersecurity System, Cyber, ST Engineering

Jacky Lim

Assistant Principal Engineer, Cybersecurity Systems, Cyber, ST Engineering

Esther Gloria Dawes

Assistant Principal Engineer, Group Engineering Centre, Cyber, ST Engineering

Dr Amelia Tan Pei Yu

Senior Manager, Cybersecurity Products, Cyber, ST Engineering

Murari Kalyanaramani

Murari Kalyanaramani

Chief Information Security Officer, Singapore UOB

AP Annie Koh

Annie Koh

Professor Emeritus of Finance (Practice)

Senior Advisor, Business Families Institute

Singapore Management University

Magdalene Loh

Magdalene Loh

Senior Vice President, Head of Innovation, Prudential

Elizabeth Tan

Deputy Chief Executive (Partnerships), Cyber Youth Collective; Digital Business Analyst, GovTech

Rahayu Mahzam


Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Law

Rakesh Kirpalani


Director, Dispute Resolution & Information Technology, Drew & Napier LLC

Lee Pey Woan


Dean and Professor of Law, SMU Yong Pung How School of Law

Yeong Zee Kin


Assistant Chief Executive (Data Innovation and Protection Group), Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA), Deputy Commissioner, Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC); and Chief Executive, Singapore Academy of Law (SAL)

Loh Jing Jie

Director, Cyber Youth Singapore Legal, Legal Trainee, Aquinas Law Alliance LLP

Steve Lam


Asean Cybersecurity Leader, Ernst & Young Advisory Pte. Ltd.

Melissa Toh


SAP Practice Partner, Business Consulting, Ernst & Young Advisory Pte. Ltd.

Weijun Zhang


Associate Partner, Technology Consulting, Digital & Emerging Technologies, Ernst & Young Advisory Pte. Ltd.

Joseph Lim


Chief Partnerships Officer, Cyber Youth Singapore

Samuel Teo

Malware Analysis Team Lead

Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies (CSIT)

Poh Hui-Li Phyllis

Cyber Security Engineer

Computer Security Lab, DSO National Laboratories

Ken Chin

Host Analyst

SAF C4 Command, Digital and Intelligence Service

Sng Jay Kai

Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Special Projects), Cyber Youth Singapore



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YouthxHack 2023: Total Defence Edition

Cyber Youth Collective (CYC), a division of Cyber Youth Singapore (CYS), organized the YouthxHack 2023 Total Defence Edition on 9 and 10 February 2023. The event was a ground-up initiative led by our youth volunteers, Janessa, Gerard, Yi Lin, Joshua, with close support from MINDEF Nexus.


The YouthxHack 2023 Total Defence Edition saw 70 students from our post-secondary institutions come together to plan, ideate, and design a prototype of a solution to solve real-world issues concerning food security in Singapore. The hackathon celebrates creativity and innovation amongst our youths while providing them with a platform to research, understand, and propose solutions to real-world issues. 


Participants also had the opportunity to hear from Ms. Joanna Yeo, Manager, Community Partnership Division, Singapore Food Agency, and engage in a dialogue session with our Guest-of-Honour, Mr. David Chua, Chief Executive Officer, National Youth Council.


During the hackathon, participants came up with many creative ideas in which technology could be harnessed to enhance Singapore’s food security, from dynamic price tags in supermarkets (by team Noshinom from SUTD) to the use of fiber optics to transmit natural sunlight into indoor vertical farms (by team The Lifehackers from NTU) to improve farming technologies.


“Through the hackathon, we have challenged fellow youth tech enthusiasts to think critically about the multi-faceted nature of issues we face today and how we can use technology to create meaningful and innovative solutions to ensure food sustainability in Singapore. Everyone has a part to play for Total Defence, and we hope that youths will continue using technology creatively for good to help increase Singapore’s readiness for crisis and disruption,” said Mr. Aaron Ang, Chief Executive (Cyber Youth Collective), Cyber Youth Singapore. 

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YouthxExplore FinTech Edition

Cyber Youth Singapore had the pleasure of co-organising YouthxExplore: FinTech edition with Prudential Assurance Company Singapore on 31 October 2022.

This event saw a turnout of close to 30 pre-tertiary and tertiary youths who were given an interactive tour of Prudential’s office and introduced to the TEE Up platform which presents a gateway to exciting opportunities in FinTech.

Attendees also got the chance to participate in an AMA fireside chat on “How to kickstart your career in FinTech”, moderated by Chief Executive of Cyber Youth Collective, Mr Aaron Ang, who was joined by Head of Innovation at Prudential Singapore, Ms Magdalene Loh, Jobs-Skills Analyst at SkillsFuture Singapore, Ms Tai Jo Fang, Strategic Partnerships and Business Development at Grab Singapore, Ms Jocelyn Yeo and Head of Competition at the Business and Finance Society, Dunman High School, Ms Wu Bingru.

CYS is grateful for the positive feedback received from participants following the event, with many walking away engaged and possessing a deepened understanding of opportunities within the fintech industry. With youth development at the core of our mission, CYS looks forward to working closely with industry partners to expand networking and engagement events for the youth-in-tech community!

Posted by Aaron / Chief Executive (CYC)

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Inaugural CYS-IHL Roundtable on 23 Oct 2022

In what was an unprecedented gathering between Student Representatives from the ITEs, Polytechnics and Universities, Cyber Youth Singapore’s IHL Roundtable held on 23 Oct 2022 saw topics surrounding youth engagement, development and feedback, being discussed. 

Specifically, discussions on youth development centred around working in consultation with ecosystem stakeholders to co-create a developmental roadmap to direct and guide youths on the development of in-demand tech skills. 

From this discussion, CYS is encouraged to continue its work strengthening the youth-in tech community through bonding activities to create a welcoming and inclusive space for all youths regardless of educational background, whilst facilitating deepened sharing between youth and industry. 

CYS will also seek to empower youths to influence national-level policies concerning youth-in-tech through increased exchanges via forums and dialogues with leaders from the public and private sectors, along with focus group discussions to gather feedback and to brainstorm for solutions to existing pain points. 

CYS would like to extend immense gratitude to Student Representatives across Singapore’s key institutes of higher learning who took time off their busy schedules to join us in a collaborative discussion to further engagement and opportunities for Singapore’s youth-in-tech community at IHL Roundtable!


Posted by Aaron / Chief Executive (CYC)

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CYS YouthxHack 2022: Youth Charity Launches A First-of-its-kind Tech Hackathon for Youths in Singapore

YouthxHack Group Photo

The Cyber Youth Collective (CYC), a division of Singapore’s largest youth-in-tech movement, Cyber Youth Singapore (CYS), organised a cybersecurity themed hackathon for 80 youths, from the 5th to 10th of September 2022. The pitch day and closing ceremony was held on 10th September with Mr Alvin Tan, Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth & Trade and Industry, as the ceremony’s Guest-of-Honour.


The hackathon is organised with a unique concept modality, reshaping the way hackathons are usually executed. 3 industry partners recognised the value this initiative brings and have kindly sponsored this event. 


About YouthxHack


YouthxHack was created to empower youths to conceptualise and innovate new digital solutions to current problem statements. Its secondary objective is to also bring the tech industry and youths together to catalyse talent development. The first edition of YouthxHack will be held in 2022 and will feature a cybersecurity theme. Future editions will be held annually and will feature different tech themes.


YouthxHack 2022 saw over 80 youths across polytechnics, ITEs, junior colleges and universities coming together to address problem statements regarding “Automation in Cybersecurity”. Participants competed in teams of 4 to 5 youths and each sponsor selected 1 team each to further develop and incubate the projects. These 3 winning teams also won attractive prizes, which included an overseas exchange (flight and accommodation covered).


The CYC wanted to ensure that our initiatives are unique and value creating to the ecosystem at large, hence, several never-seen-before features are adopted in the YouthxHack programme concept. YouthxHack 2022 was directed by 2 polytechnic year 3 students, Chong Hong Yau and Winston Seow, both from Singapore Polytechnic.


Unique Feature #1 : No “Shark Tank” Style Pitching

Traditional hackathons usually conclude with a pitch/judging day where participants will present their pitch and prototype to a panel of judges in a popular “shark tank” style arrangement. This arrangement typically results in a very rehearsed and rigid pitching session, without any means for judges to assess participants genuinely. Hence, the programme team decided to restructure the pitching session.


For YouthxHack 2022, all participating groups will set up their own booths and each sponsor will visit them in a decentralised mode. This way, interactions between sponsors and participants will become less scripted and uncomfortable, where sponsors are able to interact with participants informally. On this feature, YouthxHack Programme Director, Mr Chong Hong Yau, said, “Having this feature in lieu of a short pitch will create a more enjoyable atmosphere during the hackathon. Without the need to worry about cramming everything into a 15-minute pitch, teams are encouraged to strategise innovative means of presenting their solutions for a longer period of time.


Unique Feature #2 : No Ordinal Ranking of Winners


Traditional hackathons also usually feature ranked winners decided by a central judging panel. Such arrangements limit the flexibility of arrangements among sponsors. Hence, based on the judging arrangement described above, there will be no ordinal ranking of participants for YouthxHack. Instead, each sponsor will choose and crown their own champion. Should 2 sponsors choose the same team, the team will be given the choice to choose the sponsor. In doing this, we increase the immediate supply of talents available to sponsors compared to the ordinal ranking model. This model also indirectly empowers participants while ensuring fair competition even among sponsors.


YouthxHack Programme Director, Mr Winston Seow, said, “By having this different style of judging, sponsors and teams are given a wider room to both play fairly and achieve high results. Teams are empowered to choose their preferred sponsors, while sponsors are given the choice of their unique sponsor champion.


Further Engagement and Development of Promising Projects and Participants


While ensuring the developed initiative is effective in allowing youths to ideate and innovate, the CYC also ensures that the nurturing and development of talent happens beyond the programme. Through collaborations with partners such as ST Engineering, participants will get a chance to receive rewards, incentives and prizes awarded to promising projects, to enable professional growth of participants beyond YouthxHack.


Mr. Goh Eng Choon, President of Cyber at ST Engineering, said, “In the dynamic cyber world, we see the importance of imparting real-world cybersecurity competencies to our future cyber defenders. The collaboration with Cyber Youth Singapore provides a platform where we can efficiently engage more young cybersecurity enthusiasts. In line with our vision to build up cybersecurity talent in Singapore, YouthxHack cultivates a proactive mindset in participants and provides support to help them push the boundaries of cyber technology. This is where our expertise comes in to guide and provide insights into how their solutions can be implemented in real-life scenarios.”


CYS Summit 2022 (CYSummit’22)


During the YouthxHack 2022 closing ceremony, Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth & Trade and Industry, Mr Alvin Tan, announced that CYS will be organising Singapore’s largest youth-in-tech conference (CYSummit 2022) in December. The conference will feature 3 days of curated activities aimed at connecting both the industry and youths together to facilitate knowledge exchange, skill and career development. The summit also serves as a platform for CYS to advocate and campaign for causes and issues deemed important to the youth-in-tech movement. These causes include, diversity & inclusion, mental health & wellness, digital literacy & awareness. The summit is free of charge and is only open to youths in Singapore (aged 35 years and below). 


Chief Executive (Designate) of the CYS Cyber Youth Collective Division, Mr Aaron Ang said, “I am honoured to have been part of the team behind YouthxHack 2022. This initiative is a sneak peek of the many activities and initiatives that CYS has lined up for youths in Singapore. I am very excited about the CYSummit in December, where we will celebrate youth and technology in Singapore. I urge all youths to keep a lookout on our social media platforms and join us for CYSummit 2022!

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CYS Re-launch Ceremony

Cyber Youth Singapore (CYS) was re-launched on 29 March 2022 by Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Mr Teo Chee Hean.


The highlights of the ceremony included the unveiling of CYS’ renewed plans and directions, the recognition of industry partners raising a total of SGD$265,000 for CYS, and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with JTC Corporation to anchor a pipeline of tech talents in the Punggol Digital District (PDD) through co-organising youth-focused activities.


It is CYS’ pleasure to share our impact in empowering approximately 5,000 Singaporean youths through various development programmes and initiatives since our establishment in 2019. Furthermore, having received Charity status in November 2021 will enable us to further our vision of preparing youth for the digital future.


Here at CYS, we remain steadfast in our commitment to empower young Singaporeans towards the long-term sustainability of Singapore’s digital future! Most importantly, we would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to all CYS volunteers who have been a part of our journey thus far. 


Read the full speech by SM Teo here



Posted by Aaron / Chief Executive (CYC)


Cyber Youth Singapore Summit 2021

CYS Summit
CYS organised Cyber Youth Singapore Summit in 2021.

The purpose of the Summit is to establish a platform in Singapore for all youth in technology to gather in common interest and to showcase their skills and talents. It is our goal for the Summit to become the national platform for all youth in technology.

During the Summit, participants are given the opportunity to interact with experts in the technology industry through panel discussions, talks and workshops, participate in Capture-The-Flag competitions and bond and network with youths via Gaming Day and other networking sessions.

Youth Cyber Exploration Programme May 2020

Youth Cyber Exploration Programme-01
CYS organised Cyber Youth Singapore Summit in 2021.

The purpose of the Summit is to establish a platform in Singapore for all youth in technology to gather in common interest and to showcase their skills and talents. It is our goal for the Summit to become the national platform for all youth in technology.

During the Summit, participants are given the opportunity to interact with experts in the technology industry through panel discussions, talks and workshops, participate in Capture-The-Flag competitions and bond and network with youths via Gaming Day and other networking sessions.

Early Admissions Exercise Convention 2020

Early Admissions Exercise Convention 2020
CYS organised the Early Admissions Exercise Convention (EAEcon) in 2020.

EAEcon served as an avenue for secondary school students to learn and hone the skills needed to take part in the Early Admissions Exercise, in order to secure a spot in a diploma of their choice before O levels. CYS hosted a simple web development lesson for the students to help craft and onboard their portfolios as a website.

CYS also engaged with the youths by inviting past successful EAE applicants to share more about their experiences as well as the tips and tricks that they had used to get through the exercise.

Cyber Youth Singapore Camp 2019

CYS Camp-2019
Cyber Youth Singapore Camp 2019 was our debut camp and we had catered to a hundred over youth participants and the first youth led tech related non-profit in Singapore. The camp exposed youths to various industries and showed them the different career paths offered. The camp also saw youths networking with like-minded peers.