The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is one of the first universities in the world to incorporate the art and science of design and technology into a truly holistic interdisciplinary education and research experience that culminates in real-world design innovations.

As part of its ongoing fleet renewal programme, Singapore Airlines (SIA) progressively retires some of its older aircraft. This now gives you an opportunity to breathe new life into a piece of aviation history.

SUTD and SIA are jointly organising this challenge to promote awareness about design and upcycling. We are inviting aspiring designers and engineers to breathe new life into these aircraft parts by upcycling them and designing innovative products with them to help build a better world.

Premium leather seat covers, the metal skin of the aircraft fuselage, and other components that once flew around the world – where will your imagination take these parts to next?


Surprise us with your innovative design ideas! You could walk away with up to $3,000 worth of KrisPay miles to use via Kris+, Singapore Airlines’ lifestyle mobile app!


Design Theme

Participants are challenged to design and innovate products by upcycling aircraft parts from retired aircraft.

Category & Eligibility

There are two categories for participation. Submissions can be done as an individual participant or groups. 

Category Eligibility
Local Pre-tertiary Category

Students from local Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges, Integrated Programme Schools and Millennia Institute (MI).

Local Tertiary Category

Students from local Polytechnics, Institute of Technical Education (ITE)s, Arts Institutions and Universities.

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There will be 3 Prizes given for each category sponsored by KRIS+.

Category 1st Prize  2nd Prize  3rd Prize
Local Pre-Tertiary Category  $3000 worth of KrisPay miles  $2000 worth of KrisPay miles   $1000 worth of KrisPay miles
Local Tertiary Category  $3000 worth of KrisPay miles  $2000 worth of KrisPay miles   $1000 worth of KrisPay miles

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Note: SUTD and SIA reserves the right to not award specific prizes if there are no deserving entries. All shortlisted concept design submissions and prototype submissions may be showcased by SUTD and SIA at suitable publicity platforms. 

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Important Dates

  Click HERE to download the Important Dates’ calendar (.ics file).

Briefing Sessions

There will be two Briefing Sessions. All participants are strongly encouraged to attend both of them.

(i) Virtual Briefing

The briefing will held virtually on 20 Dec 2021, Monday, 11am. More details will be shared closer to-date.

(ii) Viewing of the physical aircraft parts

The viewing is available at two different timings each day from 3 to 7 Jan 2022. (3pm – 4pm / 4.30pm – 5.30pm) You will be able to select your first and second preference time in the registration form. Please note that only the physical aircraft parts that are available for this competition will be displayed at SUTD.

Competition Information

The design must utilise the aircraft parts provided in the table below. It is possible to combine multiple parts. Applicants will have the possibility to sign up for a Briefing Session at SUTD to see and better understand the parts. Designs that utilise as little additional material as possible will be judged favourably.

Available aircraft parts Quantity
 Business Class Seat 1
 Business Class Leather Dress Cover 10
 Economy Class Seat (Seat Config of 3) 1
 Tray tables (Business & Economy Class) 2
 Overhead Bin 1
 Galley Bins 2
 Large Linen Bin 1
 Ice Bins 5
 Glass Rack 3
 Oven Rack Tray 3
 Carpet 10sqm
 Life Vests 10

The following conditions are to be strictly adhered to. Failure to do so may disqualify relevant submissions.

  • All submissions (Concept Design and Prototype) must be participants’ original work, have not been in production or otherwise previously published, exhibited or submitted as part of the curriculum or competition.
  • The design including picture, icon, symbol within, shall not in any way infringe any third party’s right, including but not limited to copyright, logos, trademark, or other proprietary rights.
  • There is no limit to the number of Concept Design submissions from each participant.
  • Both solo and team entries are welcome. There is no restriction on the number of team members in the group. If a team wins, there will be only 1 prize per team and the prize will be distributed among the team members. The KrisPay miles will be credited into the individual KrisFlyer account of each member.
  • SIA and SUTD reserve the right to print, use and alter winning design in any manner deemed fit, without payment of any fee. 
  • All entries sent to this competition will be retained by SIA and SUTD.
  • The winner or a representative from the winning team must be present in person to collect the prize in Singapore at the prize giving ceremony or online in case prevailing COVID measures do not allow a physical ceremony.
All participants must register interest by 16 December 2021 (Thursday).
Phase 1 – Concept Design Submission

Participants are to upload the following contents onto a One Drive/Google Drive/ Dropbox folder and to share the link with us via our online submission form: 

  • Softcopy of the original and editable design file and .stl file
  • Rendering of the design (tiff/ png/ jpeg formats)
  • A1 poster design. It should include a detailed description of the design, relevant justifications on the design in a which shall include any additional materials used in the design, sketch, drawings/3D models with overall dimensions, or image of the design, in English. Please download the A1 poster template HERE. 
  • Video showing the design to the fabrication process of this entry (optional)

The Concept Design Submission will be opened for submission on 21 Dec 2021 (after the Briefing) and must be submitted by 31 Jan 2022, Monday, 3 pm. You will receive an email reply if your submission is successful within 2 working days. The shortlisted designs will be announced on 16 February 2022, Wednesday.

Phase 2 – Prototype Submission (for shortlisted entries)

Shortlisted entries will be invited to submit a physical prototype by 30 March 2022, Wednesday, 3pm to the following address.

The physical prototype is to be sent to:

One-Stop Centre,

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

8 Somapah Road, Singapore 487372.

Attn: SUTD x SIA Upcycling Challenge 2021

Design Name:

Submitted by:



The judging panel may include experts in engineering, technology and design. Depending on the submission, opinions by experts in relevant fields may also be sought and considered.

The judges will be looking for uniquely innovative design and prototype which:

  • Fit the theme
  • Demonstrate wide possibilities of design application
  • Inspire discussions on relevant technologies for the future

Some considerations include:

  • Affordability and scalability
  • Functionality and design
  • Innovative usage of digital tools and manufacturing techniques
  • Life cycle assessment

The decision of the judging panel will be final.

Winning/ awarded entries become the intellectual property (IP) of SIA.

SUTD and SIA may dispose of the entry as it deems fit and is under no obligation to return the submitted entry to the participants.

There are no fees required for participating in the competition. However, participants will have to cover the costs of their design and prototype.


For any queries, please contact SUTDSIAChallenge[AT]

Other Notes

SUTD and SIA reserve the right to amend these rules at any time. Any amendment to the competition rules will be announced on this webpage.

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