Annual Design for Change Singapore Challenge

The Design for Change Singapore Challenge is one of Singapore’s largest Inter-School Challenges recognising young change makers and their meaningful work.  Each year school teams submit their projects, their social innovation, which are evaluated by an expert panel of judges to determine the winners. Submitted stories reach more than 70 nations as part of the Global Design for Change network.

The Annual ‘Be the Change’ Celebration  is a culminating event of the Design for Change Singapore Challenge to celebrate and share the inspiring work of our young change makers.  The event is an opportunity for young people, teachers, social sector organisations, parents and media to connect and get inspired. 

Examples of previous DFC Stories of Change

How to participate in the 11th Annual Design for Change Challenge 2020?

  • Who
    Any team of 3 to 5 children aged between 8 – 15 years old with a teacher/adult mentor. Team Categories are Primary and Secondary.
  • What
    Teams identify community problems and lead social change projects in their own schools or neighbourhood using the Design for Change ‘Feel-Imagine-Do-Share’ framework. Teams are expected to execute their projects and submit their ‘I CAN Story’ online to Design for Change. (Any Values in Action / Community Service / Social Entrepreneurship completed project)
  • How
    Schools and groups interested in participating can register for the Design for Change Challenge using the link above. Design for Change Singapore will then be in contact with more detailed information about the 2020 Challenge!
  • And then
    Teams can submit their community projects online to Design for Change by the 4th spetember 2020. The submitted projects are evaluated by an expert panel of judges to determine the winners. Shortlisted participants are invited to the annual Singapore 'Be the Change' Celebration held on the 18th November 2020 where the winners will be announced.

    One participating team will be selected to represent Singapore at the Global 'Be the Change' Conference in Brazil in 2020 or the following year.


Think from your heart

  • List situations / problems in your school / community that bother you.
  • Who was affected by the situation / problem and what did they say?


Visualise success

  • State the problem chosen and why you chose it.
  • List your different solutions and pick one to implement.
  • Why did you choose this solution?


Make change happen

  • How did your team implement your idea for change?
  • What was successful?


‘I CAN’! Now you can!

  • Register for the Design for Change Singapore Challenge.
  • Submit your social change story either via Video Story or Photo Story.

11th Design for Change Singapore Challenge 2020 Timeline

  • On-Going

    Registration for teams wanting to submit their project is now open! Register NOW and more information will sent to you on story submission.  **Design for Change Student Workshops and Teacher Training are available in support of the Challenge.

  • 4th September 2020

    Online ‘I CAN Story’ submission closes.

  • 2nd October 2020

    Panel of distinguished judges meet to select shortlisted teams and Primary and Secondary School category winners.

  • 18th November 2020

    ​Shortlisted teams present their ‘I CAN Stories’ at the Singapore Be the Change Celebration. Winners will be announced from each Primary and Secondary School category.  

Design for Change Challenge Information Guide will be sent to you upon registration.

If your students have yet to finish their project this year; you may submit a last year’s project provided it was not submitted for the Challenge previously.


Sign up for Design for Change Student Workshops and Teacher/Mentor Training!

Available for Primary and Secondary school students (customised for different levels) and teachers/mentors. For more details, please contact us at