From Apr 23 to Jun 21, 2021, The 3M Inspire Challenge was on the hunt for great ideas in Innovation, Sustainability, and Technology to create a more positive world and add value to 3M's business and customers.
Through this challenge, 3M aspired to empower young leaders, thinkers, and creators to display their bold ideas and business acumen to reshape the industry.
At 3M, we are committed to driving a positive impact on lives around the world through the power of science and innovation.
As we face ongoing threats posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic, climate change, and more, innovative solutions are needed to solve today's challenges and elevate businesses.
We believe the next generation of diverse talent can help answer these challenges. Thus, we are launching an undergraduate-level case challenge across Southeast Asia.
My challenge to you is this: How can we leverage Innovation, Sustainability, and Technology to create a more positive world and add value to our business and customers?
Join us in The 3M Inspire Challenge and I'm confident you’ll will gain a richer appreciation for innovation.
Mr Kevin McGuigan, Managing Director, 3M South East Asia Region and Country Leader, Singapore
From Apr 23 to Jun 21, 2021, The 3M Inspire Challenge was on the hunt for great ideas in Innovation, Sustainability, and Technology to create a more positive world and add value to 3M’s business and customers.
The challenge welcomed entries from students from all courses of study in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
The 3M Inspire Challenge took place across two stages. The first stage, known as the Country-Level Semi-Finals, saw students faceoff against their local peers in a live judging panel on August 24, 2021. The winners of this stage were crowned the title of “Country Champion”, awarded a cash prize of US$1,000, and internships at local 3M offices.
Each Country Champion then proceeded to the second stage, known as the Regional Level Finals, where teams competed against all the Country Champions. The winning team was crowned “Regional Champions” and walked away with a US$2,000 cash prize.
Throughout the challenge, participants enjoyed access to 3M mentors from diverse backgrounds who sharpened their ideas in preparation for Country-Level Semi-Finals and Regional-Level Finals.
Technology: Embracing the wave of digitization
Innovation: Optimizing business models to thrive post-COVID
The Country Champion and Regional Champion have won up to US$1,000 and US$2,000 cash prizes respectively, and scored internship opportunities at local 3M offices.
Team name: Too Good Duo
University: National University of Malaysia
Team members: Mohd Fahad Saleem and Nur Liyana Syasya Mohd Zamuri
Worth nearly USD$3.9 billion by 2025, the Asia Pacific bandages market is among the fastest growing in the world. To drive sustainability, the duo aims to modify the Nexcare™ Waterproof Bandages utilizing green nano composite to enhance and monitor wound healing.
Team name: Team CHARMMM
University: RMIT University Vietnam
Team members: Phan Le Minh An, Tran Kim Huong, Rahul Sharma and Vuong Anh Chien
With the disruption of COVID-19, businesses must pivot to thrive.
Team CHARMMM’s 3M 360° Virtual Store idea will give customers a fully immersive experience, complete with interactive 3D products, virtual tours, and science and community activities to engage customers.
Team name: Team Kancil
University: Institut Teknologi Bandung
Team members: Muhammad Rahmadito, Gabriele Maruli Tondi, Ramadhana Bhanuharya Krishnamurti and Safira Dastalenta
To help reduce waste from billions of single-use masks disposed everyday, Team Kancil wants to create masks with “a sustainability spirit”.
Instead of regular plastic, these masks use PHB, a bio compatible and biodegradable material. About 80% less CO2 is also emitted during the production process.
Team name: 3MPHANT
University: University of the Philippines - Diliman
Team members: P Mariz Gebrielle M. Domingo, Lila Iysobelle E. Lu, Caleb Joshua R. Abrazaldo and Joseph Matthew N. Paraiso
Non-toxic biodegradable plastic from water hyacinth – this was 3MPHANT’s answer to tackle the overwhelming plastic pollution in oceans.
While ideally recycled, it will not harm marine life even if these plastic material ends up in water bodies.
Team name: Team TITAN
University: Singapore Management University
Team members: Lim Qian Ying, Mok Zi Yang and Gan Hui Xuen
Did you know a kilogram of algae can reduce CO2 emissions by two kilograms each year?
The trio thus wants to grow algae on 3M sites to help capture carbon. The algae can also be used as raw material for biodegradable plastic.
Team name: Les Grands Chats team
University: Chulalongkorn University
Team members: Panwad Korkirdtaweechai, Peeranat Chaisiriroj, Yanisa Mattayasuwan and Patcharisa Klinpaka
The COVID-19 pandemic has made consumers more health-conscious than ever.
To “bring wellness to all homes”, the team proposes a 3M COVID-19 cleaning kit refill stations and service. Consumers can order their products online, reducing cost time, and packaging needed.
A case competition challenges participants to examine real-life business problems and present solutions and ideas. All teams will be given the same case based on their selected theme.
Participating teams’ solutions should answer the case. If selected, they will present their solutions to a live panel of judges, who will judge the solutions based on aspects such as originality, creativity, replicability, etc.
Participants can gain a multitude of benefits from joining The 3M Inspire Challenge, including:
Registration has closed on 7 June 2021.
Submission has ended on 21 June 2021.
Submissions must be made in English. However, no points will be deducted for errors in English language use as long as the explanation is understandable.
No presentation is required for the first wave of submissions. Presentations are only required for the Country-Level Semi-Finals and the Regional-Level Finals.
|23 April 2021||• Registration opens for The 3M Inspire Challenge|
|22 May 2021
7 June 2021
|• Challenge theme cases releases and submissions open at 0000 hours on 22 May 2021 (Singapore time)
• Registrations close at 2359 hours (Singapore time)
|21 June 2021||• Submissions close at 2359 hours (Singapore time)|
|By 20 July 2021||• Shortlisted teams are notified to compete in the Country-Level Semi-Finals|
|By 13 August 2021||• 3M Mentor sessions with the shortlisted teams (with in-country representatives)|
|24 August 2021||• Round 1 Country-Level Semi-Finals presentation Challenge
• Country Champions announcement
|By 15 September 2021||• 3M Mentor sessions with the shortlisted teams (with in-country leaders)|
|21 September 2021||• Round 2 Regional-Level Presentation Challenge
• Regional Champion and runners-up announcement
The challenge will take place online. Further details will be provided soon.
The Country Champion Team will win US$1,000 in cash prizes and score internship opportunities at 3M. The final winning team, the Regional Champion, will win US$2,000 in cash prizes.
The judges are looking for the following criteria:
During the presentation, the judging panel will also score teams based on:
The challenge is free of charge.
Unfortunately, individuals are not allowed to participate. Participants must join as a team of 2 - 4 individuals and have at least one male and one female.
Participants can be from different schools as long as they are based in the same country.
Most case competitions happen during the school terms. Therefore, there is a chance that you may miss class. The case competition does not provide students with a legitimate excuse to be absent from class. Students should communicate with and make arrangements with their faculties and course coordinators.
The Country Champion and Regional Champion stand to win up to US$1,000 and US$2,000 cash prizes respectively, and score internship opportunities at 3M.
Internship allowance will be provided for internship opportunities at 3M for the Country Champion and Regional Champion.
The Country Champion will be awarded internships at local 3M offices. The internships are currently being scoped and more details will be provided soon.
No, this challenge is only open to students who are currently pursuing undergraduate degrees.
Yes, as long as you are currently pursuing an undergraduate degree, you are eligible to participate.
Yes, the team will still be allowed to proceed with the competition as long as there is at least one male and one female in the team.
For further questions on the challenge, please drop us an email at (insert based on below).
Three teams from each country will be shortlisted to compete in the Country-Level Semi-Finals.
Six teams of Country Champions (one representing each of the countries) will compete in the Regional-Level Finals.