Green Bootcamp @ North West was launched in July 2022, to provide a platform for youths to ideate and lead the way as green change makers in the community. Youths were pushed to think out of the box with this year's problem statement: How might your team influence the community to adopt sustainable practices into their daily lives?
This programme was made possible by a collaboration between North West CDC and the Growth & Opportunities (GO!) committee under the umbrella of NTU Welfare Services Club (WSC). GO! prides itself in raising awareness on various social issues such as sustainability, community impact, volunteerism, and more! Over 70 youths from various Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) joined the two-week hybrid bootcamp, where they went through a series of insightful talks and workshops.
18 to 22 July
Participants were given access to recorded talks and workshops to equip themselves with useful knowledge and skills, such as critical thinking, details of green initiatives and programmes, and presentation skills, to prepare their proposals.
The participants gathered at NTU for physical activities and more workshops that introduced them to the green community in Singapore. Subject experts inspired the participants to think of solutions that could influence the community to take action towards climate change.
20 proposals were whittled down to the final 10, which were pitted against each other during the final pitching.
Ideas ranged from:
- Incorporating food composting within the school syllabus
- Producing a green game show to raise public awareness
- Transforming plastic waste into new products using 3D printing
Green Bootcamp @ North West truly showcased the creative thinking and determination of the youths who want to make a difference to the world we live in.
The top three teams were selected based on their proposal's creativity and feasibility. To help not only the top three teams but all participants bring their ideas to life, the CDC would be providing various avenues of support, such as funding the projects and connecting with partners who are subject matter experts.
Team Igloo - 1st Prize Winner
The winning team of the Green Bootcamp @ North West, Team Igloo, which comprised a mix of budding doctors and engineers, shared their aspiration of eradicating inefficient energy usage. The team developed a product that uses a thermoelectrical device to simultaneously cool and circulate water through a mattress pad, keeping the surface cool for users to sleep on.
Team Dispose & Compose - 2nd Prize Winner
Food waste is a growing problem in Singapore, and in hopes to educate their peers on the harmful consequences of food wastage, the team came up with the idea of composting food waste into viable bio-materials that can be used to grow more food. Incorporating education and the cultivation of a habit, the DIY Home Composting Kits would be readily available in schools for youths to take home.
Team BYOC Buddy - 3rd Prize Winner
To tackle the issue of increased use of disposable food packaging, the team proposed a national strategy to infuse sustainability into our local hawker culture. Their proposal outlines a multi-phased approach, starting with the introduction of a standard set of reusable containers for customers to take-away food from their favourite hawker stalls, creating new social and behavioural habits within the community. The second phase will set up an infrastructure that encourages and incentivises the use of reusable containers and utensils, followed by establishing a legislation for a nationwide ban on disposables.
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