• Around 120 student teams will compete at Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2017, culminating in the Drivers’ World Championship Asia
  • More than 100 thought leaders, young talents and representatives from business, government and civil society will discuss, debate and catalyse cross-border collaborations to tackle future energy challenges at Powering Progress Together

From March 16 – 19, 2017, Make the Future Singapore takes place at Changi Exhibition Centre as the inaugural Asian edition of Shell’s global Make the Future Festivals of ideas and innovation. This free-of-charge public festival will feature bright energy ideas and solutions to address the global energy challenge – to generate more energy, while producing less CO2 emissions.

Make the Future Singapore will feature three interactive zones, ‘Our Energy Future’, ‘On the Move’ and ‘Live, Work, Play’. Through virtual reality and hands-on experiential zones, visitors will be able to explore what is happening now to power our world and see what the future of energy might look like, from renewable energy to natural gas and low-carbon technologies; learn about bright ideas from around Asia; and catch celebrity action on the main stage.

Visitors are invited to experience a range of different activities:

  • Watch as 120 Shell Eco-marathon student teams from the region compete on the track to see who has designed and built the most energy efficient vehicle for the track, culminating in the Drivers’ World Championship Asia.
  • Get active in the Zorb energy generators which allow visitors to challenge each other to generate the most amount of electricity through motion.
  • See an ultra-efficient Shell Concept Car, jointly developed with Geo Technology and Gordon Murray Design, which uses a third (34%) less energy over its entire lifetime compared to a typical petrol-powered car.
  • Take part in a football target challenge where visitors charge up a timer by running on a Pavegen tile, buying them as much time as possible to take shots at a target. The winner is the highest scorer in the time they have generated.
  • Enjoy musical performances by Singapore entertainer and rising Asian star Nathan Hartono, as well as local bands Take Two and Disco Hue.
  • See demonstrations like the innovative GravityLight device which is a falling weight that provides affordable and instant light and power, improving the quality of life for the world’s poorest communities.

Powering Progress Together will bring together over 100 attendees to discuss the theme “Cleaner Energy Moves Asia” at the fourth edition of the forum in Asia. It will be a thought provoking session with open dialogue centred on Asian aspirations and dilemmas; balancing the needs of some of the fastest-growing economies with the demands for a better life and healthy planet.

Make the Future Singapore 2017 is held with support from the Singapore Tourism Board, Ministry of Education, Science Centre Singapore and the Energy Market Authority.

For more information on Make the Future Singapore and to register for free priority tickets to the event, please visit www.shell.com.sg/makethefuturesg.

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About Shell Eco-marathon

Shell Eco-marathon is a unique, global competition that challenges students to push the boundaries of energy efficiency on the road. There are three regional Shell Eco-marathon competitions held throughout the year in Asia, America and Europe. The competition provides an arena for students to test vehicles they design and build themselves. It aims to inspire young people to become scientists and engineers of the future.

Shell Eco-marathon began in 1939 at a Shell research laboratory in the United States as a friendly wager between scientists to see who could get the most miles per gallon from their vehicle. In 1985 in France, Shell Eco-marathon as we know it today was born. In April 2007, the Shell Eco-marathon Americas event was launched in the United States, and in 2010, the inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia was held in Malaysia, up until 2013. The event was held in Manila, Philippines from 2014 to 2016 and moves to Singapore as part of the Make the Future festival for the first time in 2017.

Full list of participating teams as of February 23, 2017: 

No. Country / Territory Teams
1 Australia 2
2 Bangladesh 1
3 Brunei Darussalam 4
4 China 4
5 Egypt 7
6 India 12
7 Indonesia 28
8 Japan 1
9 Malaysia 7
10 New Zealand 1
11 Oman 2
12 Pakistan 9
13 Philippines 15
14 Qatar 3
15 Saudi Arabia 3
16 Singapore 9
17 South Korea 2
18 Thailand 6
19 United Arab Emirates 3
20 Vietnam 9

About Drivers’ World Championship Asia

The very first Drivers’ World Championship (DWC) Asia heat will launch at Make the Future Singapore. This spectators’ event will challenge students in a race to see who is the fastest energy-efficient driver.

Following the conclusion of the Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge, the top four teams from each UrbanConcept Energy Class (internal combustion, hydrogen fuel cell, battery electric) will be invited to compete in DWC Asia heat, to be held on the final day of the event.

  • During DWC Asia, eight of 12 qualified teams will enter an individual time-trial style event;
  • Teams will be given a fixed amount of energy, based on their mileage challenge performance, to complete the distance of the final race (maintaining handicapping concept);
  • The first car that crosses the finish line, after a determined number of laps, wins and will earn the title of Drivers’ World Championship Asia Champion.

The top three teams from Make the Future Singapore, together with the top three teams from Make the Future Detroit and Make the Future London, will all receive an invitation to compete in the Drivers’ World Championship Grand Final, held at Make the Future Live in London. Make the Future has five Global Partners: 

  • Agility: Official Paddock Partner
  • Hewlett Packard (HP): Official Global Information Technology (IT) Partner
  • HPE: Official Global Partner
  • The Linde Group: Official Global Partner
  • Southwest Research Institute: Official Global Partner