The inspiration for Smart Car MCS’ idea was the growing problem of plastic waste in Jakarta and across Indonesia. The team, made up of Thya Araujo, Herman Amrullah and Sholahuddin Alayyubi, all students at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, proposes using the heat from exhaust fumes to break down plastic waste and turn it into fuel, while also reducing harmful emissions.
Reaching the final is a big achievement for the team. Not only will it be the first time any of them has been to London, but it also fulfils many of the reasons why they entered Shell Ideas360 in the first place. “Our personal motivation was to share our work with experts and to work with students from some of the best universities in the world, to get to know them and understand their culture”, they explain.
The process of refining their idea throughout the Ideas360 programme has also taught them some useful skills that they believe will help them in their future careers. “Being part of Shell Ideas360 has given us opportunities to work in a team, which is an important factor that employers look for. It has also helped us to improve our presentation and public speaking skills, as well as making us think about how our idea could work not just from a technical point of view, but also from an economic and political one”, the explain
The biggest challenge for the team was overcoming the language barrier, but they have devoted evenings and weekends to practicing presenting to English speaking friends. Their university has also been behind them all the way helping them to develop and refine their idea.
The team is very proud to have reached the final and they’re excited to meet the other teams from around the world. They hope that their experiences will inspire more students from their university and the country to participate in Shell Ideas360 in the future.