Kuala Lumpur, Techie Monkey from SMK Bintulu, Sarawak emerged the national champion of Shell’s #MyGeekMovement 2019, a competition that requires teams to design ‘Sustainable Living Systems’ inventions.

The grand finals took place on the third day of Shell Eco-marathon Asia which is part of Shell’s Make The Future Live Malaysia 2019 that is taking place at Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur from 29 April to 2 May 2019.

The wining team which comprises Darren Lee Hua Ee, Wendy Lim Yii Ann and Isaac Yong Wei Onn came up with an invention called iRecycle, that encourages users to recycle by making the process simple and rewarding. The app enables users to connect with recycling centres to arrange for pick-up while earning points.

“#MyGeekMovement has helped us to be innovative and think creatively in coming up with a solution to ease the process of recycling, which will encourage people to cultivate a sustainable green habit. Throughout our journey, we learnt the importance of working as a team to overcome hurdles and to always support each other. We are truly happy for our win and our aim is to implement our app in our neighbourhood, for a start and hopefully one day, it will be used by everyone around the world,” shared the team members of Techie Monkey on their future aspirations. 

Six schools, two finalists each from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak participated in the national finals after emerging state winners and runners up of the state level #MyGeek-a-thon competition. The six finalists comprised SMK Bintulu and SMK Lutong, Miri from Sarawak; SM La Salle, Kota Kinabalu and SM Maktab Sabah, Kota Kinabalu from Sabah and SMK Aminuddin Baki, Kuala Lumpur and SMK Putrajaya Presint 11(1), Putrajaya from Peninsular Malaysia. 

“In today’s world where our young generation are very much inclined towards technology, its imperative to nurture their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through creative methods. Shell’s #MyGeekMovement aims to increase students critical and innovative thinking towards creating sustainable inventions for the future. Additionally, we also want to encourage them to become future engineers and innovators by providing them with the required skills and mentorship,” explained Nimmi Kamal, General Manager, External Relations, Shell Malaysia.

In August 2017, Shell Malaysia introduced its STEM immersion programme called the #MyGeekMovement. With the support of the Ministry of Education, #MyGeekMovement selected about 225 secondary one students from fifteen schools across Malaysia. These students were given the opportunity to gain hands-on STEM learning, with a focus on technology.

#MyGeekMovement provides learning content that complements the existing school co-curricular structure with a long-term goal to increase the number of students opting for science stream, while boosting interest in science and technology amongst the younger generation.

The programme gives students insights into the world of technology and innovation and encourages them to be innovative. It enables them to continue to grow their technological, critical, creative and innovative skill sets and challenges them to design and innovate solutions for real-world problems. 

For further information on Shell’s #MyGeekMovement, log on to www.shell.com.my

For further Media Enquiries, please contact:

Prema Jayabalan
Senior Manager, Media Relations and Issue Management, Shell Malaysia
Email: prema.jayabalan@shell.com

Note To Editor

SEM Asia 2019 comes back to Malaysia, where it was first held in 2010 and celebrates its 10th year of challenging bright young student minds to design and build ultra-energy-efficient cars, and then take them out on the track in competition.

Across the four days, over100 teams from all over Asia and the Middle East will test their self-built energy-efficient cars in the Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge, to see who can go the farthest using the least amount of energy. In 2018 Singapore hosted the event, where the winning team was efficient enough to travel 2,341 kilometres – about the distance from Malaysia to Yangon, Myanmar – on just one litre of fuel!

For more information on Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2019, please visit: https://www.shell.com/make-the-future/shell-ecomarathon/asia.html

About Shell Eco-marathon

Shell Eco-marathon can be traced back to 1939 at a Shell research laboratory in the United States as a friendly wager between scientists to see who could get the most miles per gallon from their vehicle. The winner of that contest barely achieved 50 mpg (21 km/l). These humble origins inspired what is now a global programme of competitions. In 1985 in France, Shell Eco-marathon as we know it today was born. In April 2007, Shell Eco-marathon Americas event was launched in the United States, and in 2010, the inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia was kicked off in Malaysia.

Malaysia hosted Shell Eco-marathon Asia from 2010 until 2013. In 2014, the event moved to a street circuit in Manila, Philippines, which hosted the event until 2016. Shell Eco-marathon Asia then moved to Singapore at the Make the Future Festival from 2017 to 2018. This 2019, in its 10th year, Shell Eco-marathon Asia returns to the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

About Shell – www.shell.com.my

Shell is a global leader in power, energy, and gas technology and is working to meet increasing energy demand and supply challenges by delivering smarter products and cleaner energy, infrastructure, and by developing new energy sources while addressing the impact on the environment. Malaysia is one of Shell’s heartlands. The history of Royal Dutch Shell in Malaysia started more than 125 years ago in Miri, Sarawak. Shell currently has a strong market presence in the upstream and downstream sector in Malaysia.