Frequently Asked Questions

What are the differences between the local track and international track?

In the final round, the local track will have a prototyping phase where participants have to bring their ideas to life in the lab. On the other hand, the prototyping phase will be replaced by a mentorship phase in the international track, where participants will continue to refine their ideas under mentorship guidance. The international track does not require participants to build their products. 

As such, the local track is only open to undergraduates that will be able to participate in the on-site prototyping sessions that will be held in the National University of Singapore. However, do not worry even if you won't be in Singapore, as the programmes lined up in the international track will be just as fun and fulfilling!

Is the registration free?

Yep! Free of charge! There's nothing better than free stuff, amirite? Better yet, you stand a chance to win attractive prizes too!

I'm not a food science major, can I still join?

Definitely! FTC 2021 is open to all undergraduates and postgraduates, regardless of their majors.

I'm not a science major, can I still join?

Absolutely! FTC 2021 focuses on the ideation of the food product instead of the creation of the food prototype. So it is less science-y.

Can I still join if I'm not a Singaporean or PR?

We don't see why not! We encourage everyone from different majors, different universities, and different nationalities to join us on this challenge together!

Can we have team members from different universities?

Absolutely! We also encourage to have team members from different majors too!

Do I need to have a developed idea or prototype ready before applying?

Nope! You will be given time to brainstorm some innovative ideas during the event. You will also get to develop the prototype in the lab!

I don't have experience in pitching, what should I do?

Worry not! Training will be provided during the workshop! Just bring yourself and your brilliant mind, and you're set to go!

I don't know how to develop a food prototype during the lab session, what do I do?

While developing a food prototype is a plus, it is not compulsory! We do, however, strongly recommend creating some form of prototype. If you're able to develop one without using the lab, then it's perfectly fine. On the other hand, you can invite someone who knows how into your team!

Can I use an existing idea that has already won another competition?

You are not allowed to copy and submit the same idea. However, you are allowed to further develop the existing idea! Do inform us when you choose to use an existing idea.

(i) For both tracks

What are the differences between the local track and international track?

In the final round, the local track will have a prototyping phase where participants have to bring their ideas to life in the lab. On the other hand, the prototyping phase will be replaced by a mentorship phase in the international track, where participants will continue to refine and improve on their ideas under the guidance of allocated mentors. The international track does not require participants to build their products. 

As such, the local track is only open to undergraduates that will be able to participate in the on-site prototyping sessions that will be held in the National University of Singapore. However, do not worry even if you won't be in Singapore, as the programmes lined up in the international track will be just as fun and fulfilling!

Is the registration free?

Yes, there is no registration fee involved.

Better yet, you stand a chance to win attractive prizes too!

I'm not a food science major, can I still join?

Definitely! FTC 2022 is open to all undergraduates, regardless of their majors.

Do I need to have a developed idea before applying?

Nope! There will be a 2-day pre-competition online workshop (9 May - 10 May) for all participants in both tracks. During this workshop, participants will learn from various industry experts and start on their ideation process. After the pre-competition online workshop, participants will be given two weeks to work on their ideas before they submit their entries for pre-selection round submission on 23 May.

I don't have experience in pitching, what should I do?

Worry not! Training will be provided during the workshop! Just bring yourself and your brilliant mind, and you're set to go!

Can I use an existing idea that has already won another competition?

You are not allowed to copy and submit the same idea. However, you are allowed to further develop the existing idea! Do inform us when you choose to use an existing idea.

(ii) For local track

I don't know how to develop a food prototype during the lab session, what do I do?

Don't worry! Upon being shortlisted for finals, there will be workshops to provide you with knowledge on prototyping. Furthermore, mentorship sessions will be available for you to seek help from mentors.

Can I join the competition with friends from different majors?

Absolutely! We also encourage to have team members from different majors too!

(iii) For international track

Can I sign up with friends from other universities?

Yes, you can! We encourage you to have team members from different majors too!

However, you are only allowed to sign up as a team with undergraduates within the same country.

If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.