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Hack For Cities 2023, previosuly Code for Cities, is the third edition of SMU Smart City Society's annual hackathon. THe hackathon aims to expose participants to real-life industry problems in the field of smart cities and technologies that can be used to advance the vision of smart cities. In addition, participants stand a chance to network with industry professionals and win cash prizes and internship opportunities with our participating industry partners.

Organised in collaboration with IBM Singapore and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Smart City Society is proud to present this year's theme - "Quantum-centric Supercomputing for Smart Cities". Participants will explore and ideate on how high performance and quantum computing can be used to solve mobility and supply chain issues in the Smart City.

No prior knowledge of quantum computing or supercomputing? Not to worry, as HFC 2023 remains a no-code hackathon, and workshops and technical mentors will be available to get participants up to speed. Details on the workshops will be updated in due course, and completion of all 3 workshops will enable workshop participants to earn IBM's Quantum Explorer: Foundation digital certification and badge!

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Hack For Cities 2023 will be held in a hybrid format, with a virtual kick-off on 2nd September and first-round submissions ending 5th September. Second-round (finalist) teams will present to a judging panel physically at SGInnovate on 15th September, and together with selected non-finalists, have the opportunity to attend a networking session with Smart City and Quantum Computing domain experts.

  • Teams are to submit a 3-4 page solution write-up based on how quantum and high performance computing can be used to solve the presented Smart City problem statement

  • Solution write-ups are to be submitted by 5th September, 2359 hrs


  • The top 10 solution write-ups will be shortlisted and announced on our telegram channel. Shortlisted teams will then proceed to convert and refine their solution write-up into a solution pitch.

  • Participants will be given 10 minutes to pitch their solution to our judging panel on the 15th of September. The winners will be selected towards the end of the solution pitch session. 


Team & Sign up

Open to all undergraduates and postgraduates studying in a Singapore-based Institute of Higher Learning

Teams should consist of 3-5 members

Sign-up as teams of 3 - 5. Teams can be composed of any mix of disciplines, year, and university. Sign-ups closes on 30th August, 2359 hrs.


2nd Prize

Cash Prize of $2,000

1st Prize

Cash Prize of $3,000

3rd Prize

Cash Prize of $1000

Finalist teams will also receive an IBM certificate and guaranteed access to the same-day Smart City networking event with industry professionals, Smart City and Quantum Computing industry experts. Eligible finalists will also have pathways to internships at IBM & IMDA!

Problem Statement

How might we address the current supply chain and mobility issues in smart cities utilising quantum-centric supercomputing?


To be announced soon.

Finale Networking Night

To be announced soon.

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