Shell today announced that a team of students from the University of the Philippines have been crowned global champions of Shell’s Pitch The Future competition, a series of competitions that bring together student teams from all over the world to tackle real-world energy challenges. The series is part of a new Virtual League Shell has introduced as part of its iconic global Shell Eco-marathon programme.

The student team, which includes students from a range of disciplines, won the ‘Tracking and Reducing CO2 Emissions from Vehicles’ challenge, supported by Microsoft. For the challenge, the team had to design an inclusive system prototype that can be fitted into a passenger vehicle to track and virtually share CO2 emissions from cars globally, also providing suggestions on how to reduce emissions from driving. The team presented its ideas live to a panel of industry experts, and highlights from the pitches can be found here .

Norman Koch, Global General Manager, Shell Eco-marathon, said: “We congratulate Alamat UP for winning one of the categories in our inaugural Pitch the Future competition. They brought great energy, innovative thinking, and creativity to the competition and the judges were extremely impressed with their idea.

“I am proud of everyone involved in the Pitch The Future competition. The team here at Shell worked tirelessly to ensure it could go ahead in the new normal and allow students from around the world to apply their STEM skills and passion to some of the world’s most pressing energy challenges.”

A summary of the Alamat UP team’s idea can be found here.

More than 130 teams from across Asia, Europe and the Americas submitted entries for one or more Pitch the Future challenges. A total of 13 teams were selected to advance to the finals in four challenge categories, with three finalists in each category and a wild card entry for best newcomer team in e-mobility challenge. In addition to the Tracking and Reducing CO2 Emissions from Vehicles category, challenges included Electric Vehicle Battery Recharging, with Shell Recharge, Decarbonising the Home, with Shell Energy; and Decarbonising Road Freight Transport, with Shell Lubricants. Shell also partnered with Adobe to offer participating teams access to Adobe Creative Cloud for six months, and with Shell’s NXplorers team to host webinars to help teams think through best practices for problem solving.

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