Impacthon: Youth E3


Date: 25 - 26 May 2019

Time: 09:00am - 6:30pm

Venue: Singapore Management University, Administration Building Level 6 (map)

Price: Students - $6.00 | Public - $10.00 Get Tickets

The IMPACTHON is a 2-day hackathon organised by the Lien Centre for Social Innovation that brings together social innovators, changemakers, thought leaders and youths from various backgrounds to tackle real-world issues and societal challenges. The theme for this IMPACTHON is “Youth E3: Engagement, Education, Empowerment” where we aim to tackle youth-centric concerns surrounding:

  • Strengthening youth engagement by building resilience in their communities;
  • Developing youth ownership and leadership through capacity-building programmes and initiatives;
  • Providing opportunities for youths, as change agents, to impact their own lives and the lives of others in their communities.

What To Expect

You will have the opportunity to hear from youth organisations about their initiatives and challenges, and work together in teams to define a problem statement. Each team will then ideate, prototype and present your solutions to a panel of judges at the end of the IMPACTHON. Along the way, there will be experienced mentors to guide you along and provide feedback.

Who Should Attend

  • People with a passion to #DoGood and solve real-world problems
  • Social service organisations tackling issues specific to youth
  • Community groups, startups and youth-centric social enterprises
  • Corporations committed to positive social impact
  • Youths who want to contribute to meaningful impact

Supporting Partners:





Saturday, 25 May 2019 - Day 1
(lunch will be provided)

09:00am      Registration

09:30am      Opening Remarks by LCSI

10:00am      Research Sharing by LCSI

10:45am      Breakout Discussions

                     Idea Pitching

                     Team Formation

12:45am      Lunch

02:00pm      Design Innovation Crash Course

03:00pm      Project Team Breakout

05:45pm      Keynote: REACH Youth Service

06:30pm      End of Day 1

Sunday, 26 May 2019 - Day 2
(lunch & dinner will be provided)

10:30am      Registration

11:00am      Keynote: Enactus Singapore

11:30am      Project Team Breakout

12:00am      Lunch

01:00pm      Project Team Breakout

02:30pm      Team Presentations

05:00pm      Panel on "Youth E3: Engagement, Education, Empowerment"

06:30pm      Dinner & Closing





Speakers & Judges


Joe Chan

Social Worker | Counselor | Coach

A social worker for the past 14 years at REACH Community Services Society (RCSS), specialising in working with children and youths in the community. Joe enjoys the challenges and thrills of this work starting as a case worker himself overseeing individuals, families and programmes till today where he is heading REACH Youth Services of RCSS in a few locations. With his dedication to coach his team of social workers, counselors and youth workers, the team reaches out to over 500 youths every month all over Singapore through its holistic services and programmes.

Hwee-Xian TAN

Assistant Professor of Information Systems (Practice), SMU

Hwee-Xian TAN is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems (Practice) in the Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore. She co-leads the SmartBFA (Smart Accessibility & Mobility for Barrier-free Access) team, which aims to find barrier-free access routes for Singaporeans through crowdsourced sensor data. She is also involved in the PICARY project, which is an enabling platform for integrated care for at-risk youths. A computer scientist by training, she is passionate about use of technology for social good and inclusive societies.



Commissioned by Caritas Singapore, this research project investigates the needs of youth at-risk from the perspectives of social service providers and the youths themselves. It uses the self-determination perspective to understand the youths’ biological needs and psychological needs, such as autonomy, relatedness and competence.


The research sheds light on several questions through personal interviews and surveys:

  1. What needs are important for youth at-risk?
  2. How do youths experience the social service programmes and to what extent are their needs met?
  3. What factors contribute to resilience and well-being among the youth?
  4. What are the overlaps or gaps between social service organisations and youth perspectives on pertinent needs of the youth?


The research findings highlight the importance of the psychological need for autonomy and relatedness in bridging the gap between social service provision and youth expectations. It also makes recommendations for intervention researchers and practitioners.

Download the Report