Bosch Young Inventors 2017

02.02.18 Aktuelles, Mitgliederneuigkeiten

Empowering Young Indonesians to make a change

Bosch, the leading global supplier of technology and services, declared the team from Brawijaya University as champion of the Bosch Young Inventors 2017 competition with their invention of X-Factor, a device that helps to identify counterfeit vaccine, which in turn may help overcome the problem of counterfeit vaccines that is still occuring in Indonesia.

As winners of the Bosch Young Inventors 2017 edition, the team of five members from East Java will get the chance to visit the company’s Southeast Asia headquarters and its research and development centre in Singapore for a learning and skill-development excursion. The visit, dubbed ‘Bosch Innovation Bootcamp’, will take place in January 2018.

Oktivia Ditasari, team leader of X-Factor,  said, "We are honoured by this award, especially from an innovation leader such as Bosch. We look forward to meeting and learning from Bosch’s topic expert in Singapore in the areas of innovation and technology of the future”.

Congratulating the winners, Managing Director of Bosch Indonesia, Mr. Andrew Powell, said, “The spirit behind the Bosch Young Inventors is to inspire and empower local talents to come up with technological solution that is making a positive difference to the country. We were impressed with the creativity and diversity of ideas and glad to see the growing enthusiasm amongst young Indonesian in embracing technology and innovation for the better”.

The Bosch Young Inventors was first introduced in 2016 and is a part of the company’s first Southeast Asian multi-channel brand campaign, which was launched with the slogan “We help make a difference”. The campaign initiative aims to heighten brand awareness of how the company help make people’s live better every day. Going in on its second year as part of the campaign, Bosch supported three team of local young inventors through a partnership with the Kick Andy Show, a highly acclaimed Indonesian national television program. Winners are then determined by way of a social media contest on Facebook. Team from Brawijaya University were chosen as winners based on the number of likes and shares that they received from the social media competition – of which they received a total of 10,663.

Three innovations that help make a difference

Utilizing recycled cans and solar resources, three students of Gadjah Mada University (Yogyakarta) created an alternative lamp that works without electricity named Solacan (Solar-in-Can). This innovation helps in conserving natural resources while at the same time striving towards environmental efficiency by utilizing discarded cans.

Encouraged by concerns on the widespread circulation of counterfeit vaccines in Indonesia, five students of Brawijaya University (Malang, East Java) invented a counterfeit vaccine detector called X-Factor (Extra Fast Fake Vaccine Detector).

Meanwhile in West Java, four students from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) successfully developed a portable incubator, which is useful as an evacuation asset for babies during natural disasters. Designed in a backpack form, the lightweight incubator – it weighs less than 5kg – enables users to carry infants easily during evacuation or rescue missions.