Young Inventors' Award 2019

TKK YIA 2019

The Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors' Award 2019 will be opening for registration on 01 January 2019 to 30 Jan 2019. Interested applicants, please register before the closing date in January.  Please do not hesitate to contact us at our office number 6222 6620 or drop us an email at if you have any queries on registration.

Some information you will need to be ready before registration.

Inventor’s Particulars for all the inventors (These informations are important)
Name:Gender:Postal Code
NRIC/FIN:Date of Birth:Phone:

Teacher-In-Charge or Supervisor
Contact Number: both office and HP
Email: must be valid and contactable

Project Description

Project summery -  Summarize the Project in around 200 words

About The Invention - Describe in details how your invention works

Target Users & Benefits - Who are your target user and how your invention benefits them

Alternatives in Market - What are the other alternatives in the market, or are there any other similar products

Other Aspects - any other information related to the novelty of the invention and uploaded video link in this text area (if you have got any)

Has a patent been applied/granted for this project?

If yes, please indicate in the text box given

Describe the Patents - tell us more about the patents applied/granted. if possible tell us the patent number.

Has the project been submitted to / won other awards?

If yes, please indicate in the text box given

Describe the awards - what other awards/competition has the invention been submitted.

Did any vendor/anyone assist in making the prototype?

If yes, please indicate in the text box given

Describe the assistance - tell us specifically which part of the project which parts of the project they were involved in.

Personal Experience

Please describe your personal experience in this project

What have you learned, how you think you could do better, where did your motivation came from, and why do you think your invention is good.


Online Application Period - 30 
Shortlisting Period
Interview for Shortlisted Participants
- Junior Section
- Student Section
Interview for Shortlisted Participants
- Senior Section
- Open Section
Second Interview
- Junior Section
- Student Section
Result Announcement
Award Presentation Ceremony
Exhibition - 26
Collection of Exhibits27 Aug 19

Note: Dates stated for the interviews are fixed - no changes will be allowed.

*Dates will be confirmed again in Feb.


  • Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents (PRs)
  • Non-Singapore citizens or non-PRs who are residing in Singapore winners will only be eligible to receive Special Awards (only medals and/or certificates).
  • For Junior Student, Student and Senior Student sections, participants must be full-time students.
  • Participants shall meet the age requirement of the specific section as shown below:
    • Junior Student: Students studying in a Primary School*
    • Student: Students studying in a Secondary School or JCs*
    • Senior Student: Students studying in ITEs and Polys, and are below 25*
    • Open: Universities and young adults aged below 36*
    * on 31 Dec 2018


Projects will be scored on Creativity, Originality & Practicality.

Rules and Conditions

  1. Participants may sign up individually or as a team of not more than 3 members.
  2. For team participation, particulars of all members involved in the invention must be declared. Teams with undeclared members will be disqualified.
  3. If patent has been filed for the invention, patent document shall be submitted upon request.
  4. For Entries which are patented or in progress of patenting, one of the team members must be the principal investigator of the patent. The contributions / shares of the team members in the patent must also be clearly stated.
  5. All applications must be submitted online within the Online Application Period. Participants are required to upload or send in Project Details File according to the template. An entry will be disqualified if its Project Details File submitted fails to follow the template.
  6. Participants are allowed to submit more than one invention. However, each invention must be submitted online separately.
  7. Participants are NOT allowed to submit the same entry to more than one section.
  8. Entries must be participants' own inventions; any form of plagiarism will be rejected.
  9. Only participants whose projects are shortlisted will be invited for interview.
  10. Participants shall bear all costs incurred in submitting entries and invention prototypes. Participants should get their prototypes ready upon submitting their entries. However, they are only required to bring in their prototypes and present to the judging panel when they turn up for interview or as and when requested by the judging panel.
  11. The organisers will not be responsible for any loss of patent rights.
  12. The judging panel's decision will be final.
  13. Winners are required to provide their prototypes for an exhibition in conjunction with the Award Presentation Ceremony.
  14. While every care will be exercised in the handling of the invention prototypes, the organisers will not be held responsible for any loss or damage.
  15. Participants must retrieve their invention prototypes within 2 weeks after the award presentation and exhibition from the designated place. Otherwise, the organizers reserve the right to dispose the invention prototypes.
  16. The rules and regulations are subject to change.


Junior Student

AwardPrize (SGD)
Encouragement50 (BkVouc)


AwardPrize (SGD)
Encouragement100 (BkVouc)

Senior Student

AwardPrize (SGD)


AwardPrize (SGD)

School Award

For Junior Student and Student sections, cash awards of S$3,000, S$2,000 and S$1,000 will be given to schools with outstanding participation and quality entries.


Junior Student

Mr Lim Yeow KheeChief Judge
Managing Director
LYK Aerospace (S) Pte Ltd
Ms Kamaria Bte A. GhaniDirector Science Upstream
The Singapore Science Centre
Mr Darrel ChuaGeneral Manager
Flightech Systems Pte Ltd
Mr Roderick ChiaFounder
A/P Jason Tan Seng ChongSenior Lecturer
Natural Sciences & Science Education (NSSE)
National Institute of Education
Dr Leong Mun KewDeputy Director
Institute of Systems Science
National University of Singapore
Dr Valdew SinghDirector
Centre for Innovation, Research & Enterprise (CIRE)
Nanyang Polytechnic
Mr Daniel Tan Kim KhoonDirector
School of Interactive & Digital Media
Nanyang Polytechnic
Mr Teh Bok SengSenior Lecturer
School of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Division
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Mr Richard LimSenior Lecturer
Ngee Ann Polytechnic


A/P Lim Tit MengChief Executive
Science Centre Singapore
Prof Wong Lim SoonProfessor
School of Computing
National University of Singapore
A/P Kwek Leong ChuanPrinciple Investigator
Centre of Quantum Technologies
National University of Singapore
Prof Goh Cho Hong JamesProfessor and Head
Department of Biomedical Engineering
National University of Singapore
Mdm Chia Soo ChinSenior Curriculum Specialist
Design & Technology Education
Curriculum Planning and Development Division
Ministry of Education
Dr Charles ChewPrincipal Master Teacher
Ministry of Education
Mr Lim Poh SengFormer Deputy Director (Retired)
Educational Technology Division
Ministry of Education
Mr Ng Kim TeanExecutive Chairman
Nanyang Law LLC
Ms Tricia DangDeputy General Manager
Nanyang Law LLC
A/P Yip Teck HongAssociate Professor
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Mr Soon Tats FahDeputy Director (Industrial Design),
School of Design
Nanyang Polytechnic
Dr W.A.M. AlwisPrincipal Lecturer
Republic Polytechnic
Mr Hui Wing FehDirector
Kurve Automation Pte Ltd
Mr SarathAssistant Manager Quality
Singapore Airlines Limited

Senior Student / Open

Prof Ong Choon NamDirector
Environmental Research Institute
National University of Singapore
A/P Ren Ee CheeAssociate Professor
Department Of Microbiology and Immunology
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS
Senior Principal Investigator
Singapore Immunology Network, A*STAR
A/P Low Boon ChuanAssociate Professor
National University of Singapore
Prof Wong Lim SoonProfessor
National University of Singapore
Dr Tham Jo YewResearcher
Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR
A/P Tan Ming JenAssociate Professor
School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
Mr Ser JinSolutions Engineer
A/P Tan Yap PengAssociate Professor
School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
Dr Low Hwee BoonTKKYIA Co-Chairman
Tan Kah Kee Foundation
A/P Lee Kim SengAssociate Professor
National University of Singapore
Mr Herbert AngLift Trucks Manager
Tractors Singapore Ltd
A/P Kwek Leong ChuanPrinciple Investigator
Centre of Quantum Technologies
National University of Singapore
A/P Eddie Ng Yin KweeAssociate Professor
Singapore Institute of Technology
Mr Goh Lik KokManaging Director
Resources Oil & Gas Pte Ltd
Mr Lim Yeow KheeChief Judge
Managing Director
LYK Aerospace (S) Pte Ltd
A/P Eicher LowAssociate Professor
Singapore Institute of Technology
A/P Tai KangAssociate Professor
Nanyang Technological University
Prof Tay Cho JuiAssociate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
National University of Singapore
Er Henry ChangDirector / Principal Consultant
Stride System Consultancy


Featured Projects

Samples of awarded projects. Click to download / view (full-size) in new tab.


Photographs taken during the event. Click to download / view (full-size) in new tab.