Our group was lucky fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to join this renowned competition. Late In late November, we were introduced to the HULT Prize competition by our lecturers Ir. Dr. Ng Poh Kiat and Mr. Jee Kian Siong. After careful discussion, we decided that we would to enter the competition and formed a group team of four members, consisting of which included Zuriel Shee Da En, Dominic Tan Wen How, Goh Xin Yi and Teng Shieh Maine. Under the guidance of Dr. Ng and Mr. Jee, we decided to submit the topic “Harnessing Energy from Drainage Systems” under to compete in the HULT Prize 2018 Challenge, the 2018 Challenge of the HULT Prize “Transform – Harnessing the Power of Energy”.
Our quartet, led by Zuriel, prepared the abstract, submitted it on the 10th of December, and we waited anxiously on for the announcement of the selected finalist. On the 13th of December, the list of finalists was announced and we were on made it! Yellow, our official team name, was one of the eleven finalists out of more than a hundred team applicants. However, our celebration had to be brief as the Campus Finals were on the 16th December, which was only a few days away, on 16th December. The preparation took us many involved sleepless nights. We were expected to prepare a presentation for a 5-minute startup pitch. It was our first time in a competition of this nature and as engineering students, we weren’t known for our superb charisma and charm were not exactly our forte. We knew we were at a disadvantage. With that this fact at the back of our minds heads, we practiced the whole night before the day of the presentation.
On the big day. The big day finally came, and we arrived at the Cyberjaya Campus at 10am. We even had a final practice at 7am that morning! The event started with usual opening speeches from the organisers. The pitching sessions started after that. An hour into the competition, it was finally our turn. Underslept and Nervous and sleep-deprived, our team started our 5-minute pitch with “Drainergy” as our startup company name. After that, the judges were given another 5 minutes to ask questions. These judges were very seasoned people within their own field. It was to no surprise that the questions seemed daunting from the judges, all experienced in their own fields, were tough and challenging. Naturally, we went back to our seats feeling defeated, our confidence crushed. The winners were to be announced soon after as soon as the last team finished their turn. With the judges’ critical feedback still fresh in our minds, we definitely didn’t think that we would be winning any prizes at all. Imagine our surprise when team Yellow was announced as the winner. We rushed from our seats and up to the stage into a blur of camera flashes, echo of congratulations and handshakes.
We learned a lot from our experience and we will definitely be applying them when we attend the Regional Finals in March 2018. And hopefully, in the Global Finals to be held in New York in September 2018.
On a final note, quite a few people did ask us why we registered with the name “Yellow” and its significance to the topic. Well, the simple answer is.... diehard Coldplay fan.
Drainergy a.k.a Yellow team members
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