What if we ate bugs for breakfast?
Students answer the call for new ways to use the earth’s resources.
What if we could make affordable food by farming crickets, help shoppers to reduce food waste, or turn air into drinking water?
These are just some of the questions that inspired the five team finalists of Shell Ideas360, a global competition that challenges students to think about innovative ways to conserve the world’s energy, water and food supplies.
“We wanted to give people in dry areas easier access to clean water,” says Avtar Rekhi, who comes from Kenya and is studying mechanical engineering in London. His team invented a system that extracts drinkable water from moisture in the air using natural air circulation and solar-heated domes.
Other students who reached the final designed a model cricket farm to provide protein and income for people in countries where nourishing food is scarce, and a device that can remove toxic levels of fluoride from water supplies in rural Africa and Asia.
The 2014/15 competition winners – Team Renaissance from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore - designed an app called Food Basket, which aims to help households reduce food waste. The app allows people to track the expiry dates on their groceries and suggests recipes for items that are approaching their use-by date.
“1.3 billion tonnes of food goes to waste each year, costing the average household $1,500 annually in waste,” says team member Alex Chen. “We think the Food Basket app can help to reduce that.”
Winners Team Renaissance of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, receive their prize from Shell CEO Ben van Beurden at the final in Rotterdam. From left to right: Ben van Beurden, Alex Chen, May Lim and Nitya Anthony.
Shell Ideas360 is one of several programmes that Shell runs under the #makethefuture initiative. Its goal is to encourage a new generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.
“We need creative minds to help build a more sustainable energy future,” says Yuri Sebregts, Shell’s Chief Technology Officer, who oversees research and development and innovation at the company.
The judges selected the finalists from almost 1,100 entries. Each team pitched their ideas to the judges and attended the final at Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2015, in the Netherlands. Winners Team Renaissance will go on a National Geographic Adventure of their choice, such as hiking in the Grand Canyon, kayaking in Costa Rica or trekking in Mongolia.
The Shell Ideas360 competition develops talent as well as ideas. One of last year’s finalists, for example, Januardy Djong from Indonesia, successfully applied for a place in Shell’s Graduate Programme. The 26-year-old student at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands designed a pedal-powered irrigation pump that enables farmers to water their fields faster and with less effort than the traditional method of using watering cans.
Januardy will now spend between three and five years on the graduate programme. He’s looking forward to working on pioneering projects in the energy industry. “I want to be part of a team that develops something new and makes it work,” he says.
Shell Ideas360: Announcing the 2014/15 competition finalists
Title: 360 Reveal FINAL (1)
Duration: 1:26 minutes
Description: Students from around the world to submit innovative ideas
360 Reveal FINAL (1) Film Transcript
Bright, pop music.
Shell Ideas 360
A global ideas competition:
Stage 3 teams revealed
Interview with Jennifer Gearheart-Tang
Global Innovation Manager, Shell Ideas 360 team
“Shell Ideas 360 is a global competition inviting students from around the world to submit ideas that could potentially change the world.”
Back view of young person attending event wearing hoodie showing: What if your idea could change the world?
Two young people talking.
Young people pressing large touchscreen at event.
Shell Ideas 360
A global ideas competition
Text disappears and globe flies into centre of screen and breaks up into little purple pieces. Pieces reform into flat map of the world. Lots of white markers show up on map.
Students teams across the world
Submitted 1000 ideas
Number of markers on map is reduced.
100 teams for mentoring
“360 competition is fantastic. With a growing population we’re going to need new, innovative… “
Advertising boards at event.
Screen gradually becomes a split-screen as main screen in the middle becomes smaller.
Footage of people attending event, talking to camera. Can hear them all talking over one another.
Purple map of world.
100 teams for mentoring
5 yellow markers show up on map and fly to the middle.
Imperial College London
University of Illinois at Urbana
University of Qatar
Petronas Technological University
Nanyang Technological University
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Which could change the world? – the O in world is shown a small globe.
Zooming back in on the globe.
Shell Ideas 360
Copyright Shell International Limited 2015
The #makethefuture initiative
Visit the Make the Future web pages and see how programmes such as Shell Ideas360, Shell Eco-marathon for students, Shell LiveWIRE for young entrepreneurs, and Shell GameChanger for innovators are inspiring people to unlock their ingenuity and creative spirit.
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