“In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight...”
Well, we can assure you that there will be no dozing off at our exciting 15th Anniversary party! Follow us to the Singapore Zoo for an outdoor jamboree packed with fun games and cool surprises! This event is our way of thanking all our members for the years of support and loyalty they have given to the website and the team, as well as to bring together different technology partners for a fun day of prize-winning activities and social camaraderie.

Are you ready for some Wildlife

Our Story So Far

  • 1998

    • Team was formed
    May 1998 marked the inception of the Singapore Overclockers Group (SOG), where Jackie Lee, the founder teamed up with fellow undergraduates Ang Chi Hoe and Eugene Low, and eventually Jereme Wong, Poh Swee Hong, and Dr Jimmy Tang.

    • Official launch of Singapore Hardware Zone
    SOG had a change in name to Singapore Hardware Zone, with 9th August 1998 being the official launch under www.hardwarezone.com domain. Vijay Anand joined the team to power the editorial content.

    • HardwareZone forum
    Hardware clinic was set up, and other tech ‘clinics’ soon established after. The Eat-Drink-Man-Woman (EDMW) forum was created to embrace topics that were “off-topic”. EDMW is now Singapore’s undisputed #1 chit-chat forum and has frequently captured or reported news faster around the country than the official mass media or social media.

  • 1999

    Singapore Hardware Zone renamed to HardwareZone to reflect global reach.

  • 2000

    • HardwareZone was given a facelift with new services built in.

    • The editorial team began reporting live from major overseas tech events, starting with Computex 2000.

  • 2001

    • Inauguration of HardwareZone awards, to promote excellence in product quality, design and performance. This is a first for the tech industry in this region and it’s the predecessor to the current HWZ+HWM Tech Awards held annually.

    • Launch of Bubble Zone, a bubble tea shop located at Sim Lim Square, with drinks named after forum celebrities.

  • 2002

    • First video reviews broadcasted via a dedicated broadband channel

    • HardwareZone started offering price list downloads in the region such as from Malaysia and Philippines.

    • Forum membership breached the 100k mark

  • 2003

    • Jointly organised by HardwareZone and ABIT, ABIT Overclocking Competition was the biggest tech competition held in Singapore and set precedence for all future enthusiast tech events.

    • HWZ Malaysia portal was built to cater localized content and services to residents of Malaysia.

    • Editorial team started pursuing shootout articles for a decisive showdown between several products.

  • 2004

    • Major editorial milestones achieved such as publishing 1,000 articles online, the first in-depth PC DIY guides and the publication’s largest single article to-date with the “Athlon 64 Motherboard Shootout” that spanned 46 pages long, covering 15 motherboards.

    • HardwareZone devised another landmark 2-day competition consisting of a more thorough overclocking event and a Plug-and-Play gaming competition.

    • HardwareZone Midnight Mayhem was another industry first as a major local gaming event which was held overnight in Sim Lim Square – complete with tech shops open with special promotions in the wee hours.

  • 2005

    • Launch of the 70-page “Intel 915P Motherboard Shootout” publication - the largest editorial feature that spanned several mini articles which incorporated the tech industry’s first campaign in certification of components.

    • Debut of the annual “Top 100 Products of the Year” feature.

  • 2006

    • Acquisition of HardwareZone Pte Ltd by SPH Magazines.

    • Editorial team started to pursue preview articles for IT Show, PC Show, Comex and Sitex to keep readers informed of special deals. These were the beginnings of the current Tech Show portal.

  • 2007

    HardwareZone debuted the huge CPU and GPU Performance Chart articles that gathered up to 30 different products for a detailed analysis.

  • 2008

    • Inauguration of the HardwareZone PlayTest event where the editorial team meets their readers to share latest tech trends and try the newest gadgets.

    • Initiated HardwareZone Iron Tech, a competition that engages contestants on their abilities to setup and optimise systems with the best price-performance-power ratio. A world’s first in its competition mechanics, it is also HardwareZone’s largest ever event spanning several days and across the region – Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.

  • 2009

    • HardwareZone moves from Ayer Rajah Cresent and officially integrated into SPH Magazines at Genting Lane.

    ZoneOut video initiative makes debut with regular video reviews, previews and features.

  • 2010

    • Overhaul of HardwareZone for an integrated and revamped site.

    • Full-fledged Tech Show portal launched with promotions, brochure downloads, buying guides, preview articles, event video coverage and live twitter feeds.

    • Launch of Tech Awards, a grand event to honour product excellence through Editor’s Choice Awards and Brands that made a difference via Readers’ Choice Awards.

  • 2011

    • HardwareZone regional goes full steam with dedicated teams in Malaysia and Philippines.

    • HardwareZone undergoes another design refresh that brings it up to speed to what it is today.

    • Pursue of Social media channels in full force.

  • 2012

    • Tech Show portal redesigned to cater to any screen size and device for mobile browsing needs at the show floor.

    • Launch of HardwareZone Indonesia and Thailand portals. What's more, both portals publish content in their native language.

  • 2013

    HardwareZone turns 15!

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Some Things You Need To Know

Event Details

  • Date: 21st September 2013, Saturday
  • Time: 9am – 1pm
  • Registration fee: $10/pax
    *Enjoy 10% discount when you do a group purchase of two or more!
  • Venue: Singapore Zoological Gardens (80 Mandai Lake Road, S729826)
    *More info on How to get there
  • Meeting point: Forest Lodge (View Zoo Map)
  • All participants will receive a goodie bag courtesy of our sponsors worth $50 at the end of the event.

T-Shirt Size Chart

Chest 18" 19" 20" 21" 22" 23" 24"
7" 8" 8.5" 9" 9" 9.5" 10"
Body 26" 27" 28" 29" 30" 31" 32"

Starter Kit Collection

On the day of the event, all participants are to gather at the entrance of the Zoo to register and collect the starter kit. Registration starts from 8.30am so to avoid overcrowding, don’t be late!

Do bring along your ID card, confirmation slip and parental consent form for participants below 18.

Should you be unable to attend the event, you may find someone else to take your place but he/she will need to register him/herself and sign an
indemnity form on site at the morning of the
event with the following items:
- Your confirmation slip
- A copy of your ID (Back & Front)
- The ID of the person taking your place
- An authorisation letter from you

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Check Out These Amazing Prizes You Stand To Win!

1st Prize worth $5,500
» 3D/2N stay in a Chatrium Club Suite One Bedroom Riverview
   at the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
» RAYMOND WEIL Jasmine Timepiece 5229 ST 00970

2nd Prize worth $4,010
» 3D/2N stay in a Deluxe One Bedroom Suite at the
   Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok
» RAYMOND WEIL Maestro Timepiece 2837 STC 00659

3rd Prize worth $2,100
» 3D/2N stay in Deluxe Room at the
   by Emporium Suites by Chatrium, Bangkok

4th Prize worth $2,030
» 3D/2N stay in a Club Deluxe Lake View room at the
   Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon

5th Prize worth $1,099
» HP Notebook: HP Split x2 – m011TU

Official Sponsors and Partners
  Official Partner:   Premium Sponsors:  
  Official Food Sponsor:   Supported By:  
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Frequently Asked Questions

1) How do I register?

Go to our ‘Register’ page or simply click here. Note that each registration is for one person.

2) I don't see the size that I want in the drop down list.

Our apologies, but this means that the size you are looking for is no longer available. Please select the next available size on the drop down list.

3) I did not receive a confirmation email. What should I do?

Check your spam folders to see if our mail has been marked as spam. If you do not see it, drop us an email at membership@hardwarezone.com.sg and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

4) If I register but am unable to participate for the event, do I get a refund?

There will be no refunds; however you may find a replacement to take your place. Your replacement will need to register him/herself on site at the morning of the event with the following items:
- Your confirmation slip
- A copy of your ID (Back & Front)
- The ID of the person taking your place
- An authorisation letter from you

5) Do I have to wear the event tee-shirt throughout the event?

Yes. The event tee-shirt is for the organisers to identify participants from visitors to the zoo as it will still be open to the public.

6) Will there be any strenuous activities involved?

The event revolves around games that will require you to get from one checkpoint to the next to complete all stations within an allocated time frame, so do expect some brisk walking.

7) Will there be any wet activities involved?

There might be stations that involve water so do bring along a change of clothes just in case.

8) How do I win prizes?

You will be assigned to a task at every station. Completion of these tasks will gain you points to be eligible to win the top three prizes. There will also be consolation and individual prizes, and given out depending on your level of enthusiasm and creativity.

All decisions made by the judges and helpers are final.

You might be required to use sponsored equipment/ products in the process of completing your tasks. Please note to be careful with these loaned equipment as all participants will be liable should there be any loss or damage of all loaned products and its parts.

9) What do I need to bring?

- Confirmation slip, ID card, parental consent form (for participants below 18) for registration purposes
- Change of clothes (in case you get wet and dirty)
- Water (will be provided but you can bring your own if preferred)
- Hat, sunblock, sunglasses (your own personal preference to block out the sun)
- Camera (DSLRs, point and shoot cameras or smart phones with camera features) for participation in games.

10) Will food and drinks be provided?

Yes, lunch will be catered at the event and water will be provided at all game stations. Note that our Official Food Sponsor, The Brat will not be providing “The Brat Combo Meal” for lunch, but cash vouchers (with one month validity) for redemption in their shop at your convenience.

11) If I drive, will the parking be free?

No. The current car park charge is $4.80 per entry payable to the Zoo. Operating hours are from 830am to 12 midnight daily.

12) Am I allowed to stay on in the Zoo after the event?

Yes, your registration covers the entry fee to the Singapore Zoological gardens, so feel free to visit all the attractions after the event. Opening hours are from 830am – 600pm.

13) Does my registration include entry fees for the Night Safari and River Safari as well?

No, your registration fee covers only the entry fee for Singapore Zoological gardens.

14) What should I do if I injure myself during the event?

You can approach our staff and we will get in touch with the first aid station from the Zoo. You can also call the zoo’s emergency hotline at 63608650. This number is printed on the map and also on the game card for emergency purposes.

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