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Cool Ideas

Cool Ideas for Better HDB Living (Cool Ideas) is part of an ongoing effort to co-create solutions with the public to enhance the living environment in HDB estates. We encourage them to come up with new ideas through:

  • Call for Ideas via the Cool Ideas Facebook Page

  • Design competition for university and polytechnic students

  • HDB Cool Ideas Hack for members of the public who are keen to develop ICT-based solutions for better HDB living

HDB Image Minister Lawrence Wong and the prize winners at Cool Ideas Exhibition 2016


Cool Ideas Pitch

The Cool Ideas Pitch is a platform for shortlisted participants to pitch their ideas to potential adopters. Participants stand a chance to develop their ideas further through the Cool Ideas Fund and walk away with attractive prize money if their idea is adopted.


Cool Ideas Fund

The Cool Ideas Fund was first introduced in 2014 to help Cool Ideas participants transform their prototypes into workable ones and carry out actual test-bedding in HDB estates. Participants whose ideas have been adopted are eligible to apply for this fund.

The funding is capped at $10,000 for each feasible proposal, and helps to support the development costs and associated test-bedding costs of their prototype. If you have any queries on the Cool Ideas Fund, please email us at


Cool Ideas Exhibition

HDB Image Cool Ideas Exhibition 2016 at Toa Payoh HDB Hub

Winning ideas will be showcased to the public through the bi-annual Cool Ideas Exhibition. Through this exhibition, we hope to:

  • Increase public awareness of Cool Ideas

  • Inspire the public to participate in co-creation efforts towards enhancing daily living in HDB estates

  • Provide a platform for the winners to showcase their ideas to potential business partners