Smart City Ideation Challenge

Challenge Sponsor: AI Singapore

About the Challenge

To deepen the use of artificial intelligence (AI) for digital transformation, AI Singapore is excited to launch the Smart City Ideation Challenge with an aim to seek insights from the global AI community on:

“What are the AI problems worth solving towards Smart City Sustainability?”

The problem statements are expected to be:

1) Impactful to digital society, and

2) Feasible to develop into AI challenges.

We seek proposals under 2 topic categories towards building resilience and optimising resources in digital economy:

  1. Spam & Misinformation: The problem statements under this category should explore how to leverage AI for fast detection and intervention of misinformation or phishing attacks in multilingual and/or multimodal settings.

  2. Sustainability & Carbon Neutrality: The problem statements under this category should investigate how to utilise AI for the recovery of local resources from major waste streams, including electronic, plastic, and food wastes.

Up to 3 finalists for each topic category will be awarded prizes upon presenting their final pitches during WSDM-23 Smart City Day on 3 March 2023.


  • Any individual who is at least 18 years of age, can form/join a team to submit a proposal

  • A team can comprise 1 to 5 members

  • An individual can be on no more than TWO teams

  • A team can submit no more than ONE proposal per category

Submission Guideline

Your proposal should contain the following components:

  • Problem statement

Please give a description (no more than 300 words) of the problem to be solved and its scope.

  • Value proposition

Please describe (no more than 300 words) how the proposed problem impacts industry needs and/or the socioeconomic needs of Singapore.

  • Existing solutions

Please describe (no more than 500 words) existing solutions in the market and/or state-of-the-art research findings for the identified problem.

  • Dataset construction

Please propose a detailed plan (no more than 500 words) on how to construct a dataset for solution development, including possible data sources, dataset schema, size, characteristics, etc.

  • Evaluation metrics

Please describe (no more than 500 words) the evaluation metrics to assess potential solutions to the identified problem, including judging criteria, weight, and justifications.

  • Feasibility analysis

Please analyse (no more than 500 words) the feasibility of using the proposal to harvest meaningful AI solutions and describe what some potential solutions might be.

How to submit:

  1. Complete the proposal including ALL of the above-mentioned components.

  2. Make sure your proposal follows the ACM format (use the ˮsigconf” proceedings template, two-column format).

  3. Submit your completed proposal via If new to EasyChair, please create an account in order to make submission.

Evaluation Criteria

Submitted proposals will be reviewed by a panel of experts based on the following criteria:

  • Research quality

i.e., problem impact, relevance, novelty, and robustness

  • Competition quality

i.e., the feasibility and readiness to turn the proposal into a meaningful AI challenge (refer to Kaggle competitions for quality)

  • Presentation quality

i.e., understandability, accuracy, completion, clarity, and neatness.

Post evaluation, up to SIX finalists (up to three per category) will be announced and invited to give a final-pitch presentation in person on the Smart City Day of WSDM. The winners will be ranked and awarded at the event, according to the scores provided by the judging panel and the live audience based on the above criteria.

Important Dates

Open for Proposal Submission October 12, 2022
Proposal Submission Deadline November 30, 2022 December 21, 2022
Announcement of Finalists January 15, 2023
Final Presentation Submission Deadline February 17, 2023

Live Final Pitch & Award Ceremony

Hosted on the Smart City Day of WSDM 2023

March 3, 2023

All deadlines are 11:59pm, anywhere on earth.


  • The selected finalists will compete for the following prizes in each category:

    • 1st Prize: US$2,000

    • 2nd Prize: US$1,000

    • 3rd Prize: US$500

  • Finalists will be provided with one free full registration per team to attend the WSDM-23 conference

  • To be eligible for prizes, the finalists have to present their proposals during the WSDM-23 Smart City Day on March 3, 2023

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the terms and conditions for more information before joining the challenge.

About AI Singapore

AI Singapore (AISG) is a national AI programme launched by the National Research Foundation (NRF) to anchor deep national capabilities in Artificial Intelligence (AI) thereby creating social and economic impacts, grow the local talent, build an AI ecosystem, and put Singapore on the world map. For more information or assistance, please contact: