Fact Sheet: Total Defence Sandbox

Fact Sheet: Total Defence Sandbox


Fact Sheet On Total Defence Sandbox

1. Launched this year, the Total Defence Sandbox (TD Sandbox) is a platform that seeks ground-up ideas and proposals that put Total Defence into action from Singaporeans, especially youths aged 17 to 35 years old. The TD Sandbox aims to nurture these ideas and eventually match with partners who could support the implementation or amplification of efforts.


2. Through the years, the nature of threats have evolved from traditional security threats, e.g. terrorism, piracy, territorial tensions. There are emerging trends where Singapore’s vulnerabilities could be easily exploited without the need for military conflict through cyberattacks, misinformation and fake news through digital platforms such as social media. Challenges could also come in other forms such as climate change and sustainability which impact our food, water and energy security.

Start an initiative which could help educate youths and the community on the evolving threats and how they can be dealt with as we navigate the complex environment that Singapore operates in. This could be done through the creation of content / an initiative / a campaign / a product that supports Total Defence as a multi-response framework. We welcome all ideas that will put Total Defence in action.            



3. Participants may register and submit their ideas via www.go.gov.sg/tdsandbox or by scanning the QR code below. Participants may register as an individual or in a team.

Deadline for submission is Monday, 30 May 2022, 23:59hrs, Singapore time (UTC+8). After submissions have closed, shortlisted participants will be invited to give a short presentation to the Selection Panel in June 2022.



4. More information on the Total Defence Sandbox can be found via www.go.gov.sg/tdsandboxinfo.



5. Call for ideas for the Total Defence Sandbox will close on Monday, 30 May 2022.  Phase 1 (June 2022) will consist of the evaluation and shortlisting of ideas by a Selection Panel. Shortlisted participants will then present and pitch their ideas to the Panel and respective partners.

Ideas shortlisted for Phase 2 (July – December 2022) would be nurtured and developed for implementation by the participants into actual campaigns / products. The type of support from partners and organisers will be determined after the pitching sessions. Upon completion of the implementation or at major milestones, the outcome of the executed ideas will be then be shared in December 2022 and showcased in February 2023.



6. Ideas submitted will be evaluated based on the following criteria:


Table 1: Total Defence Sandbox Evaluation Criteria



Commitment to Execute

Team / Participant’s level of commitment to execution of the project.

Community Receptivity

Does the idea / initiative have a wow factor?

How viral or well-received the initiative would be by the end user / community.

Facts and Data-Supported

Ideas are clearly formulated and encompasses a Total Defence core.

Decisions are reasoned with facts and quantitative data.

Creative and practical assumptions are made where no data is available.

Community Impact and Sustainability

Ideas are feasible for execution within budget and solve the issue.

Solution does not contradict common sense and/or law.

Solution has people impact and provides benefit to the end user / community.

Solution enables continuity and is sustainable in the long run.

Innovation of Solution

Distinctive – sets you apart from competition.

Desirable – demonstrates a clear benefit.

Originality – is it a completely fresh approach or does a similar initiative already exist.

Business Value – helps build overall brand equity.


*(Applicable only for Top Ideas Selected for Pitching)

Team members are confident navigating their solution content.

Participants perform confidently and enthusiastically.

Visualisations clearly shows the initiative and its functionality.

Q&A: Questions are understood and clarified, answers make sense.


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