In­spir­ing green among youth

The Sun (Malaysia) - - MEDIA & MARKETING -

IN line with the In­ter­na­tional Green­tech & Eco Prod­ucts Ex­hi­bi­tion & Con­fer­ence Malaysia’s (Igem) core ob­jec­tive to in­spire greener life­styles, one way through in­still­ing green qual­i­ties from a young age, the re­cent Igem 2016 was proud to high­light the Green­Tech Youth In­no­va­tion Chal­lenge.

The com­pe­ti­tion, or­gan­ised by Asia School of Busi­ness, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with MIT Sloan Man­age­ment and Green­Tech Malaysia, saw top 10 univer­sity stu­dent teams pit against each other over four days, to de­liver so­lu­tions to cur­rent en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.

Pro­to­types were demon­strated to a panel of judges re­sult­ing in Team EcoSo­lu­tions from Monash Univer­sity who de­signed the “Dy­namic Trash Separa­tor”, bag­ging the win­ner’s tro­phy. Sec­ond and third plac­ing went to Asia Pa­cific Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion and Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia re­spec­tively. Win­ning teams each re­ceived a tro­phy, a one-day in­no­va­tor camp worth RM2,000, an elec­tric ve­hi­cle ex­pe­ri­ence in­clud­ing a Tesla S ride and a cer­tifi­cate of par­tic­i­pa­tion.

In ad­di­tion, a Green Minds Chal­lenge or­gan­ised by the Malaysian Mensa So­ci­ety was launched on the last day of Igem 2016. The com­pe­ti­tion will see 44 Form Four stu­dents from five schools com­pete in a four-month “school green­ing” chal­lenge. For more in­for­ma­tion on Igem 2016, keep an eye on this sec­tion of theSun or visit the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s web­site.

The Monash Univer­sity win­ning team led by School of Engi­neer­ing se­nior lec­turer Dr Babak Sala­manti (far left).

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