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The 3M Inspire Challenge

About 3M Inspire Challenge 2022

From July 15 to November 15, 2022, 3M Inspire Challenge 2022 was on the hunt for the most innovative ideas to create a more positive world and add value to 3M’s business and customers.  

Participants could choose to propose solutions for one of the three themes: (1) Sustainable Materials, (2) The New Paradigm (a pandemic aware world), and (3) Equity (through science and technology).  

The challenge welcomed entries from students regardless of courses of study in Australia and New Zealand, India, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

The 3M Inspire Challenge took place across two stages. The first stage, known as the Country-Level Semi-Finals, saw students face-off against their local peers in a live judging panel on October 21, 26 & 27, 2022. The winners of this stage were crowned the title of “Country Champion”, awarded a cash prize of USD$2,000, and internships at local 3M offices. 

The Country Champion then proceeded to the second stage, known as the Regional-Level Finals, to compete against all the Country Champions. The winning team was crowned “Regional Champions” and walked away with a USD$5,000 cash prize. 

Throughout the challenge, participants also enjoyed access to 3M mentors from diverse backgrounds who helped sharpen their ideas in preparation for the Country-Level Semi-Finals and Regional-Level Finals. 

The 2022 winners

  • Regional Champions


  • Reginal Champion India

    Team Members:

    • Anirudh Koti
    • Harshitha Srikanth
    • Ishani Bhat
    • Dhruva Guruprasad

    The Idea:
    Reimagining the Post-it® adhesive using beeswax and recycled paper

  • First Runner-Up
  • Second Runner-Up
  • first runner-up

    Team Members:

    • Sophia Bernadette Lunor
    • Vivienne Viernes
    • Rachel Vivien Roxas
    • Joseph Matthew Paraiso

    The Idea:
    Innovating 3M surgical respirators to be biodegradable and breathable face masks

  • Second Runner-up

    Team Members:

    • Richie Fane
    • Oliver
    • Graciella Valeska Liander

    The Idea:
    Creating a fully biodegradable seaweed-based adhesive tape

Country Champions


The Country Champions and Regional Champion have won up to US$2,000 and US$5,000 cash prizes respectively, and scored internship opportunities at 3M. 


The 2022 edition of 3M Inspire Challenge has concluded. Catch a glimpse of the participants’ journey during the challenge in the video below!

Our mission was simple - to unlock the power of people, ideas, and science to reimagine what’s possible, all while empowering young leaders, thinkers, and creators to demonstrate their bold ideas and business acumen to reshape the industry.

Message from Jim Falteisek

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    Dear Students, 

    Our world is facing ongoing challenges every day, from the lasting impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic, to the ever-growing urgency of the climate crisis and persistent social inequity. Businesses have an important role to play in addressing these challenges, and we need to act now.  

    At 3M, innovation and science is our key to addressing these pressing issues. Unlocking the power of people, ideas, and science is how we’re doing that.  

    Cultivating the next generation of diverse talent is another critical piece to the puzzle. We have thus launched the second edition of our popular undergraduate-level case challenge.  

    This year, we have raised the stakes. We have expanded the challenge to 10 countries in Asia-Pacific, up from six in 2021. The countries included in 2022 are: Australia and New Zealand, India, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

    We have also updated the themes to address some of the most pressing topics of today and tomorrow: (1) Sustainable Materials, (2) The New Paradigm (A Pandemic Aware World), and (3) Equity (Through Science and Technology).   

    Will you take up the challenge? I invite all of you to join us in the 3M Inspire Challenge 2022 and bring your most innovative ideas to the table.  

    Best regards, 
    Jim Falteisek  
    Senior Vice President, 3M Asia Country Governance and Managing Director, 3M Korea

About the themes

  • Image of 3M Inspire Challenge Sustainable Materials Badge
    Sustainable Materials
  • Image of 3M Inspire Challenge The New Paradigm badge. A Pandemic Aware World
    The New Paradigm (A Pandemic Aware World) 
  • Image of 3M Inspire Challenge Equity badge. Through Science and Technology
    Equity (Through Science and Technology)