Together We Can challenge 2019 was hosted by NiBS in partnership with Taj Vivanta, Dwarka. The competition was held in the school’s auditorium on 13th May 2019. This years challenge was inspired by the threat posed by the single use plastic items which have become an integral part of today’s world.
‘Together We Can’ challenge this year required the students to design alternatives to products and packaging used in the hospitality industry with a view to solving the problem of plastic waste management, focussing on smart distribution and use of materials to make sure they can be either reused or recycled.
The three revered judges who were invited for this event were Mr Akshay Jain, founder of Namo Solutions which deals with E-Waste management, Mr Tushar Abrol- Training and Development Manager Taj Vivanta, and Mr. Himanshu Kapoor – Deputy engineer with Taj Vivanta. We had Ms Kanika Hasrat – GM Taj Vivanta, Mr Himanshu Pandey and Miss Apoorva Babbar from WWF.
This year nine schools including ours competed for this challenge to meet the expectations of the judges. All participants were evaluated by the jury on the basis of the following criteria – Concept: Deciphering the Challenge – Design : Practicality and feasibility of the solution applying different stages of the Design Thinking Process and documentation of the same. – Research : Originality of the Thought. – Team work and Presentation Following are the list of participating schools- Heritage Xperiential Learning School, NiBS, SVIS, The Shri Ram School , Vasant Valley School and Venkateshwar International School, Shikshantar School.
All the participating students researched and developed innovative solutions for the challenge. They shared their journey in the form of a movie and some prototypes of their products. It was indeed a tough competition and a lot of learning took place for all. The awards were given for the ‘Best Design Solution’.The winner was VIS where as The trophy for the runners up was shared by The Sri Ram school and NiBS.