Do your bit for the environment and realise your dreams - Take part in the SPH Foundation Solar Innovations 2006!

Singapore, 18 April 2006 How many students have their inventions selected for an international competition and turn it into an eco-design venture?

National University of Singapore Industrial Design graduate Sharon Goh is doing just that. Sharon won the Special Prize Award at last year’s Solar Innovations – a competition promoting environmentalism – with her invention, ECOL, a portable household composter that recycles food waste for gardening use. Sharon’s winning design led to a Design Singapore internship in Japan with the renowned designer Toshiyuki Kita.

ECOL was also submitted for the International Design Contest in Belgium: Designing a Sustainable Future, where it has been short-listed for the final round of the competition. Now a designer with Inovasia Design Centre, Sharon has been invited by contest organisers, the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, to attend the award ceremony in June.

Now, more students can be like Sharon and turn their dreams into reality. The Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Foundation is pleased to be the title sponsor of Solar Innovations (SI) 2006.

SI 2006 is organised by Earthlink NTU, a student’s society from Nanyang Technological University that is devoted to environmental and conservation issues.

The SPH Foundation Solar Innovations 2006 is open to students from primary to tertiary levels, as well as the public and corporations. The aim of the competition is for participants to help build a more environmentally-friendly Singapore by submitting their projects, prototypes or proposal papers. This year’s theme is “Eco-future: Sustainable Development for the Environment” which aims to address the environmental issues of today, while finding long-term solutions for them.

“Participants should not be afraid to try and tap on resources and people contacts and go beyond Internet sources. Think out of the box.” This was Sharon’s words of advice for this year’s participants.

“Through working on the projects and prototypes, participants can utilise their creativity and gain hands-on learning experiences to convert ideas for a better environment into action. We see this as a holistic approach to inculcate environmentalism,” said Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of the SPH Foundation.

“It is also heartening that the SPH Foundation Solar Innovations 2006 is receiving favourable response from the schools,” she added.

To date, a total of 62 teams from 30 schools have registered for the competition.

The SPH Foundation Solar Innovations 2006 competition has four categories:

Category A (Primary schools), with the focus on Public Education;
Category B (Secondary schools), where teams look at Resource Management;
Category C (JCs, Polytechnics, and ITEs), which will examine Damage Control;
Category D (Universities, the public, and corporations), where the task will be to propose business models for companies to integrate environmentalism in the workplace.

The SPH Foundation Solar Innovations 2006 will be held from the 2nd to 4th of June at Toa Payoh HDB Hub Mall, with the first two days set aside for judging of entries and the third day for exhibition of the top entries.

The winning teams stand to win attractive cash prizes totaling $11,200! The closing date for registration is 13 May 2006.

Those who are interested to participate in the SPH Foundation Solar Innovations 2006, please visit

For more information, please contact:

Mr Ng Jiawei
President, Earthlink NTU
Tel: 93884847

Ms Lye Peixian
SPH Foundation
Tel: 6319 1225

About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was first set up as the Press Foundation of Singapore in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. It was renamed Singapore Press Holdings Foundation in May 2005.


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