Make the Future Singapore concluded on Sunday, March 11, 2018 after four days of delighting more than 18,000 visitors of all ages. The energy festival thrilled guests with interactive experiences demonstrating the crucial role energy plays in everyday life.

Visitors also saw futuristic vehicles built and driven by bright young engineers competing in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia competition. A total of 122 teams from 18 countries across Asia Pacific and the Middle East came to Singapore to battle it out in one of the world’s longest-running student competitions. After spending months designing, building and testing their cars, these bright young engineers took to the 1.2km circuit in a bid to travel the farthest on the least amount of fuel.

Goh Swee Chen, Chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore, said: “It has been an enriching experience discussing bright ideas and innovation while working with various stakeholders to map the future of Asian mobility for these past two years.”

Challenge assumptions, push boundaries

Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran officially opened Make the Future Singapore and flagged off Shell Eco-marathon Asia together with Yuri Sebregts (Chief Technology Officer, Royal Dutch Shell) and Goh Swee Chen (Chairman, Shell Companies in Singapore). Minister Iswaran commended the spirit of collaboration at the festival and encouraged greater innovation and partnership, saying: “Challenge our traditional assumptions. Be prepared to break the mould and push the boundaries of what is possible.”

Minister Iswaran stopped by the paddocks of Singapore teams to wish them success at Shell Eco-marathon Asia. This year’s competition saw the largest Singapore contingent ever, with 10 futuristic cars from seven schools vying to be the most energy-efficient in the region.

See Minister Iswaran’s Facebook post on his experience at Make the Future Singapore.

Team Indonesia win Drivers’ World Championship Asia 2018
Team SEMAR URBAN UGM Indonesia was crowned winner of Drivers’ World Championship Asia.

Indonesian teams sweep honours at Drivers’ World Championship Asia

Held in Asia for nine years, Shell Eco-marathon is a global programme that challenges bright student minds to design and build ultra-energy-efficient cars, and then put them to the test in competition. The event culminated in the Shell Eco-marathon Drivers' World Championship Asia, which awards the fastest and most energy-efficient vehicles in the region.

Indonesia’s Universitas Gadjah Mada won the race and will fly to London to compete in the Shell Eco-marathon Drivers' World Championship Grand Final on July 8 against participants from Europe and the Americas.

Winning driver Tito Setyadi, 20, said: “We racked our brains to come up with something that would balance speed and energy efficiency like an average car driver and are very glad we managed to do so well.”

Two more Indonesian teams – the second place winner, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, and the third place winner, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta – will also travel to London to compete against other teams from around the world in the grand final.

Setting energy-efficiency records in Singapore

Shell Eco-marathon Asia had student teams competing in two vehicle categories: Prototype and UrbanConcept. In the Prototype category, drivers squeeze into aerodynamic vehicles, lying on their backs to steer around the winding 1.2km (0.7 mile) track.

In the UrbanConcept category, cars look more familiar to modern-day vehicles. Built to roadworthy specifications, their extra weight may make them less fuel-efficient than Prototype cars, but they are still able to achieve impressive results to modern-day vehicles.

It is from this category that the best-of-the-best qualify to compete in the regional Drivers’ World Championship. This year’s competition was fierce as 51 teams – a mix of internal combustion engine, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel cell cars – took part to become energy-efficient UrbanConcept contenders.

Shanna Simmons, Shell Eco-marathon Global Technical Director, said: “Shell Eco-marathon Asia showcased the best in innovation, collaboration and team spirit. Critical thinking and a sound strategy are needed to win the Drivers’ World Championship. We saw amazing action and my congratulations goes to all the teams.”

View the full Shell Eco-marathon Asia results

Interactive festival experiences wow visitors

At the main stage, visitors enjoyed live music performances by international and local artistes, got involved in “Mad Science” shows and explored amazing energy ideas.

Kids and the young-at-heart raced miniature cars powered by salt water on a mini track while learning how energy is generated by the chemical reaction. Aspiring racers pit their skills against other challengers to drive around a digital track with optimum fuel efficiency on the Shell Eco-marathon simulators.

Bright energy ideas in action

The festival showcased promising Singapore start-ups selected in the inaugural Shell #IdeaRefinery accelerator programme. The start-ups are billionBricks, EnergyNova, Solarite, Tripledot Technologies, and Xnergy. These entrepreneurs are developing new energy solutions in support of Singapore’s ambition to be a sustainable and smart nation.

At the Powering Progress Together business forum, more than 150 bright minds representing diverse sectors discussed Asian growth aspirations and the imminent energy challenge facing the region.

Winners of The Bright Ideas Challenge were also announced at the event. Broadrick Secondary Students emerged champion of the national STEM competition and won for themselves a fully-funded trip to Make the Future Live in London in July.

Partners that made this event a success

The success of Make the Future Singapore 2018 is made possible with the support of Shell’s Global Partners, who are the world’s leading innovation, research and development (R&D) and technology organisations.

Make the Future Festivals has six Global Partners:

  • Agility: Technical Partner
  • Altair: Technical Partner
  • HP: Festival Partner
  • The Linde Group: Technical Partner
  • Southwest Research Institute: Technical Partner
  • Toyota: Festival Partner

Make the Future Singapore 2018 is held with support from the Singapore Tourism Board, Ministry of Education, Science Centre Singapore, Innosparks, Strides Transportation and Borneo Motors.

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