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.