Sixty Hong Kong students will soon be on their way to the Shanghai Expo, courtesy of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association and Young Post. Earlier this month, 10 Junior and 10 Senior teams met the judges at the South China Morning Post offices in Tai Po in the final round of the CMA Young Post Green Manufacturing Competition. Five teams in each category won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Shanghai Expo, including some spending money.
Alex Ho, Director, Circulation and Print Operations at SCMP, said: 'I am very impressed with the proposals and presentations from the schools. They have all shown high-quality work with a good balance of creativity and research.
'The results of the winning teams are very close. Some teams have done an excellent job in their presentations with perfect timing and animated slides. However, some need to work harder on making a realistic financial budget.'
The long road to Shanghai started in June, with students asked to form teams and come up with environmentally friendly manufacturing ideas. Then the entrants learned how to put together a business plan at workshops run by Alex Tham Koy-siong, a teaching fellow from the department of marketing at the City University of Hong Kong.
After that, 10 teams of finalists were selected from each group. They met the judges on September 18 and were asked to present their project in English or Chinese.
So it's all aboard from October 15 to 18 for the Shanghai Expo.
The winners were:
Gen G for their project on spray deodorant for pets. Gen G is from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Synergy for their project G-Mat Carpet. Synergy is from City University.
Lumina for their project Glean Soap. Lumina is from HKU Space Community College.
The Cube for their project which was a book exchange for colleagues and universities. The Cube Team is from Chinese University.
Green Activists for their project on using rock paper, which is biodegradable, to make paper offerings. Green Activists is from City University.
Ever Green for their project on acoustic boards. Ever Green is from St Mary's Canossian College.
CMA for their project on a thermal-powered stove hood. CMA team is from CMA Choi Cheung Kok Secondary School.
Triangle-Try and Go for their project on organic alcohol. Triangle-Try and Go is from Tack Ching Girls' Secondary School.
CMASS team for their project on a two-in-one air conditioner-water heater. CMASS is from CMA Secondary School.
Green Revolution for their project on a glass greenhouse. Green Revolution is from St Mark's School.