Covestro (Thailand) Co., Ltd. hosted the final round pitching and awards announcement for the Covestro Innovation Design Contest 2020 (IDC 2020) under the theme “World of innovation for sustainable living”, in collaboration with the Research and Innovation for Sustainability Center (RISC by MQDC). The campaign was intended to widen more opportunity and be a platform for the youths at the undergraduate and vocational levels across the country to exhibit their ideas and thinking on innovations to win the prize worth over 195,000 baht. The contest was honorably attended by the judge panel comprised of distinguished experts from different parties, such as Assoc. Prof. Dr. Singh Intrachooto, Chief Adviser and Dr. Sarigga Pongsuwan, Vice President - Innovation for Dissemination of RISC by MQDC; Dr. Apisak Sindhuphak, representative of Architect Council of Thailand; Ms. Khawissara Wattanapisit, Head of Corporate Communications – ASEAN and Mr. Chaiyut Changjenrob Plant Manager – Polycarbonate Production Site of Covestro (Thailand) Co., Ltd. The final round was held at the Auditorium of True Digital Park.
Dr. Juergen Meyn, Managing Director of Covestro (Thailand) Co., Ltd., said “The Covestro Innovation Design Contest 2020 (IDC 2020), which has been held for the second consecutive year, is a result of Covestro’s determination in conducting business that places importance on developing innovation that drives world’s sustainability. We believe that the challenges that arise in the world is the driving force that leads us to new collaboration on innovation that enables genuine social, economic, and environmental sustainability, as well as enhances the livelihoods of people in modern society in the long term. Throughout the application period, the IDC 2020 received much interest and very well response from students at the undergraduate and vocational levels, with over 80 interesting ideas being submitted. This number is more than the previous year, marking continued success for the campaign. We are confident that this platform will be beneficial for the new generation to develop their skills and lead them to grow and become new innovators who drive Thailand to world of sustainability in the future”.
The ideas from 8 finalist teams were testified to the capability of students in developing their ideas on innovations that answer to the competition’s theme. Most significantly is the exciting ways in which these projects were presented, which greatly impressed the panel. The winning entry went to “SUCKER: water waste collector” from “Pla Krueng Tua” team of students from the Faculty of Architecture and Design, King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, receiving a trophy, certificate, and 80,000 baht in scholarship prize money. The main concept of the work stemmed from the desire to reduce the large amounts of marine and river debris. The SUCKER or water waste collector employs the Zero Energy ecological principle which does not require the use of electricity. Its self-sustaining circular nature does not emit pollution to the environment, reduces river debris, while also helping to treat waste water. In addition, the collected debris can then be separated into different types of waste for further recycling as appropriate.
According to Dr. Singh Intrachooto, Chief Adviser of Research & Innovation for Sustainability Center (RISC by MQDC), “RISC by MQDC congratulates the students from the winning teams, and wishes to compliment all teams for fully demonstrating their creative thinking capabilities in developing ‘innovations for sustainability’. It is our hope that every student will continue to strive for knowledge and carry on creating innovative solutions to become the new generation of innovators that will provide technological change for the betterment of people’s livelihoods and world’s sustainability.”
“RISC by MQDC”, as the research and innovation center for sustainability that received Thailand’s and Southeast Asia’s first “Gold” WELL Building Standard in the category of New and Existing Interiors, is determined to emphasize the concept of creating sustainability for life on earth, or “for all well-being”, with a mission to expand this notion to the wider public. We therefore collaborated with Covestro (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in organizing the Covestro Innovation Design Contest 2020, which corresponds to the research conducted by RISC by MQDC. We believe that the new generation is able to create and further develop innovations that are practical and effective in enhancing livelihoods in a sustainable and concrete manner,” said Dr. Singh.
In closing, Dr. Juergen stated that “I would like to congratulate all students who received awards in this year’s contest, and wish to express appreciation to every team for putting their creativity on innovations on full display. I hope that you will not stop thinking and developing new innovations that will provide inspiration to the younger generation that will become an important driving force for bettering the people’s quality of life in society in a truly sustainable manner.”
Additional information for the press
- The First Runner-up prize went to “PUSH YOUR AIR SUB” from the “AREA 51” team, King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, which received a trophy, certificate, and scholarship prize money worth 50,000 baht
- The Second Runner-up prize went to “Pure Air Wall” from the “PURE AIR WALL” team, King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, which received a trophy, certificate, and scholarship prize money worth 30,000 baht
- Appreciation Awards were given to five teams, namely “Water Cycle Boat” from “BIGKUSANGKHO” team, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, “Whale Wash” from “Palang Kwam Suk” (Power of Happiness) team, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, “E-Cold Bus Stop” from “E-Cold Bus Stop” team, King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, “The FIN” from “Mun Job Laew Anakin” (It’s over Anakin) team, King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, and “VOLTA” from “VOLTA” team, Kasetsart University, with each team receiving scholarship prize money of 5,000 baht.
- The Popular Vote award went to the “AREA 51” team, King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, which garnered the most votes and received a special scholarship prize money of 10,000 baht.