Nurturing the next generation of AI talents

Our Story

As Singapore Government SM1/2 scholars, we came from China to Singapore to study when we were young. Although we are now working in different industries, we find the knowledge of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is so relevant and useful, that we wished we could had came to know it earlier. In the current era of AI, we decided to express our gratitude to Singapore by organizing Robotics Innovation Challenge (RIC), a Singapore-based annual international robotics event to inspire and nurture future AI talents locally, and showcase the world-class STEAM education in Singapore globally. 


The event supervisor, Asst. Prof Feng Mengling from NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SM2 1997 Batch), has been organizing SG Healthcare AI Datathon & Expo since 2017, in collaboration with professors from National University Health System and MIT Critical Data. In 2020, the event has attracted thousands of participants from over 20 countries and 150 different organizations.

RIC in Summary

Robotics Innovation Challenge (RIC) is

  • an initiative started to nurture the next generation of AI talents via robotics
  • a series of events designed for young students to develop their creativity, AI skills and teamwork
  • organized by Singapore Government SM1/2 scholars who want to give back to Singapore society
  • welcoming everyone in the world to come to Singapore for an unique experience

Organizing Committee

Wang Han, Organizing Chair

  • SM2 2013 Batch
  • Ph.D. candidate in Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, NUS

  • Bachelor Degree in Materials Engineering & President Research Scholar, NTU

  • Research Interest: Healthcare with Artificial Intelligence

Feng Mengling, Event Supervisor

  • SM2 1997 Batch
  • Assistant Professor in Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, NUS

  • Affiliated Scientist in MIT Health Science Technology Division

  • Organizing Chair of SG Healthcare AI Expo & Datathon

Li Yingda, Head of International Publicity

  • SM1 2010 Batch
  • Double Bachelor Degree in Economics and Industrial and Systems Engineering, NUS

  • Ex-President of NUS Chinese Student Association

  • 3 years’ experience in STEM Education

Lu Zhen, Head of Competition Design

  • SM1 2010 Batch
  • Ph.D. candidate in School of Mechanical Engineering, NTU
  • Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering, NUS

  • 7 years of experience in Robotics and 3D-Printing

Supporting Partners

Our Milestone

Jul 2021: RIC-IDC 2021 was successfully concluded online. More details in this page.

Jul 2021: The first qualifier of RIC 2021 was successfully held in Dalian, China, attracting more than 200 participants.

Jan 2021: The website of RIC became live, and the Game Manuals of RIC 2021 were released.

Nov 2020: Science Centre Singapore officially joined as our co-organizer and kindly sponsored the venue. 

Sep 2020: The organizing committee was formed.

Aug 2020: The idea of RIC was discussed and formalized.