Recently, 2 Malaysian students earned themselves the “Regional Winner” title in The 3M Inspire Challenge with their smart bandage that is capable of monitoring the progress of a wound!
The 3M Inspire Challenge is a competition where students with great ideas for Innovation, Sustainability, and Technology to showcase their inventions and create a more positive world, in addition to adding value to 3M’s business and customers.
It was no easy feat for our champions of The 3M Inspire Challenge, Mohd Fahad Saleem and Nur Liyana Syasya Mohd Zamuri as they had to undergo a grueling 4-month battle to beat out five other Country Champions from Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam to secure the total of USD$3,000 in cash prizes.
In addition to the cash prizes, both the Materials Science undergraduates from National University of Malaysia earned themselves internship opportunities at local 3M offices.
Mohd Fahad explained that adhesive bandages are common items that can be found in many households and there has been an increased awareness in wound management over the years.
“We came up with the idea of Smart Bandages to equip users with a product that can better monitor different stages of the wound healing process and provide an optimum condition for the skin and tissues to heal so that they can continue on with their day-to-day lives without worrying about their wounds.” he said.
Their innovative Smart Bandage managed to catch the attention of the judges and Kevin McGuigan, Vice President and Managing Director, 3M South East Asia Region and Country Leader in Singapore.
“It was deeply inspiring and rewarding seeing the teams’ growth throughout the entire 4-month challenge. Innovation is a continuous process of refining ideas again and again, but never once did their passion or enthusiasm wane.” Kevin said.
Despite the 3M Inspire Challenge came to an end, Kevin hopes that the competition has sparked curiosity and the spirit of innovation in not only the participants, but the audiences tuning in.
Meanwhile, we would like to extend our congratulations to our champions for their great invention! We hope that both of you will make it to the international stage with your next inventions!
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