HADR Challenge

The application of satellite technology and its increasing role in providing quick, accurate and effective response to frequent and complex disaster situations is evident. Across the world, countries have recognized the need of utilizing remote sensing satellite technologies as a critical tool in real-time disaster management. The Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA) has partnered with Airbus to launch a HADR (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief) challenge, to stimulate and tap into the creativity of students/working professionals and identify new and translatable solutions to complex problems of coordination and technology usage within the context of HADR.

The objectives of the Airbus-SSTA HADR Challenge are to:

  • Utilize satellite and mobile technology developed by participants to aid rescue efforts in the event of a disaster
  • Encourage youths and working professionals to incorporate space technology and engineering in their daily lives
  • Provide a ground for participants and subject matter experts to communicate and exchange ideas
  • Raise awareness of space applications and technologies to the public


Registration for HADR Challenge 2020 will open in the second half of 2019, do follow us on social media to lookout for news and updates! 


The submission date for the HADR Challenge is on the 11th of January 2019, 5PM.

  • 2-3 page proposal/document¬†to include the following points:
    • Description of the product/solution
    • How it works (to include technical details)
    • Its relevance and application in a disaster situation
    • Roadmap for future development towards commercialization
  • A¬†video presentation, consisting of:¬†
    • Description of the disaster scenario¬†
    • Description of the product/solution
    • Explanation of the product/solution‚Äôs ability to help in the identified scenario¬†
    • Customize the scenarios for role-playing in order to highlight or facilitate certain roles interaction.

Pitching Session

  • The top 5 to 6 teams will be shortlisted to participate in a demo/pitching session on 30th¬†January (9am – 12pm)
  • Presentation/pitching session inclusive of QnA¬† is 15 mins in total¬†(5 mins max for updated video, 5 mins presentation, 5 mins QnA)
  • International teams will need to dial in, along with submitting their updated video beforehand (2 days prior)

Showcase at Global Space and Technology Convention 2019

  • Final 2-3 teams will be selected to showcase their solution at the Global Space and Technology Convention (GSTC) on¬†14th and 15th February 2019
  • Should the finalists include any international teams, SSTA will support the airfare to Singapore capped at a maximum cost

Are you prepared to take on the Challenge?


Mr Sascha Hapke (Airbus)


SLTC Lim Kok Kheng (RHCC)


LTC Chew Keng Tok (SCDF)

LTC Chew Keng Tok

Dr Alistair Cook (RSIS)


Ms Lynette Tan (SSTA)

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Pitching Session

Judging Panel

Visit to Airbus Facility

Prize Presenation to Grand Prize Winner at GSTC 2018

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