Building Singapore’s Energy Future with Youths

18 Mar 2020

   Against the growing urgency to tackle the effects of climate change, Singapore’s Energy Story is evolving towards one that is cleaner, affordable and reliable. To catalyse the co-creation of ideas, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) will be organising the inaugural Singapore Energy Grand Challenge (Youth) – SEGC (Youth), with the theme “How would your energy efficient school or neighbourhood in Singapore look like in 2050?”. SEGC (Youth) is part of EMA’s efforts to engage various stakeholders to co-create Singapore’s Energy Story, which is in line with the Singapore Together movement. (Refer to Annex A for more information on Singapore’s Energy Story.)

2.    Using Microsoft’s Minecraft: Education Edition, a game-based learning platform, students can design Singapore’s energy future in an immersive online open-world game. Students will learn about Singapore’s energy landscape, apply problem-solving skills, and collaborate to build the energy system they envision for Singapore in 2050. While doing so, they will have to overcome the Energy Trilemma – balancing the trade-offs between energy security, competitive prices and environmental sustainability.

3.   “Through this competition, we hope to share Singapore’s Energy Story with youths and co-create a sustainable energy future together. Energy Efficiency will play a key role in achieving a cleaner, affordable and reliable energy system.” said Mr Ngiam Shih Chun, Chief Executive, EMA.

4.   The SEGC (Youth) is a partnership between the EMA and Microsoft Singapore. It is supported by Singapore Polytechnic and Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), under the IMDA’s National Infocomm Competition initiative.

5.   Mr Kevin Wo, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore said, “The world is confronted with an urgent carbon problem, and this is what motivates Microsoft’s commitment to be carbon negative by 2030. Beyond accelerating the global development of carbon reduction, capture and removal technologies, it will be inspiring to look at this challenge through the lens of our youths. We hope that the immersive learning platform provided through Minecraft: Education Edition will empower our students to confidently problem-solve while picking up skills like collaboration and computational thinking, and perhaps inspire them in a career in the energy sector”.

6,   Registration is now open online ( to secondary school students and will close on 19 April 2020. Interested students must form a team of between two to four schoolmates and submit a one-minute video showcasing their idea of an energy efficient Singapore in Minecraft as part of their application. Shortlisted teams will be contacted subsequently and invited to specialised clinic sessions to help them with their final submission. Following that, the top three teams will be recognised at Youth@SIEW on 30 October 2020.

7.   The top three teams stand a chance to win cash prizes of up to $10,000. All submissions will be judged according to the criteria of Relevance (40%), Creativity (30%), and Presentation (30%). (Refer to Annex B for more information on SEGC (Youth)).

8.   For more information about the SEGC (Youth), please visit the Powering Lives Portal (

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About the Energy Market Authority
The Energy Market Authority (EMA) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Our main goals are to ensure a reliable and secure energy supply, promote effective competition in the energy market and develop a dynamic energy sector in Singapore. Through our work, EMA seeks to forge a progressive energy landscape for sustained growth.

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About Microsoft
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Infocomm Media Development Authority
The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) leads Singapore’s digital transformation with infocomm media. To do this, IMDA will develop a dynamic digital economy and a cohesive digital society, driven by an exceptional infocomm media (ICM) ecosystem – by developing talent, strengthening business capabilities, and enhancing Singapore's ICM infrastructure. IMDA also regulates the telecommunications and media sectors to safeguard consumer interests while fostering a pro-business environment, and enhances Singapore’s data protection regime through the Personal Data Protection Commission.

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About Singapore Together
Singapore Together is about the Government working with Singaporeans, and Singaporeans working with one another, to build our future Singapore. The Government will open up more partnership opportunities for Singaporeans to participate. The Government also hopes to support more citizen-led efforts. Whatever our background or interests, we can each step forward to contribute in areas that we care about. By working together, we can turn diversity into strength and transform challenges into opportunities, to build a Singapore that present and future generations of Singaporeans will be proud of.

Annex A - Factsheet for Singapore's Energy Story
Annex B - Factsheet for Singapore Energy Grand Challenge (Youth)


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