SSIS Students Named Finalists in Prestigious Conrad Challenge

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SSIS Students Named Finalists in Prestigious Conrad Challenge

What started as a quest for learning more about entrepreneurship resulted in a finalist invitation to the Conrad Challenge, one of the world’s most prestigious international entrepreneurship competitions for students, held each year at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida (USA).

Determined to make a lasting impact on the world, SSIS student entrepreneurs, Sungkyu (‘21) and Lindsey (‘22) joined forces with Vinh, a student from PTNK High School in Ho Chi Minh City, last July to realize their shared vision of coming up with a sustainable solution to battle air pollution that would be affordable to everyone, everywhere.

SSIS students Lindsey ('22) and Sungkyu ('21) in their video pitch which was submitted to the Conrad Challenge.

“We wanted to apply our school education and our social entrepreneurship to create a real-life product that provides clean air to our community,” says SSIS High School Junior, Sungkyu. “By participating, we learned to conduct a precise market analysis, organize our company finances, and carry out the appropriate research and development to improve our product.”

Sungkyu and Lindsey both emphasize what a valuable resource SSIS High School science teachers Dr. Katz, Mr. Mellon, and Mr. Williams, were in guiding them during the process. Although, they admit sometimes leaving the room deflated after being encouraged to take another look at their solutions, and think about how they could improve them. 

After seven months of preparations, and hours of research and testing, the students’ achieved what they set out to do. They came up with a sustainable filter capable of capturing particulate matter, i.e., small dust particles with diameters less than 10µm. Now the students are in the process of filing a patent application for their bio-degradable, cost-effective invention - an invention that caught the eye of two of the world’s most prestigious competitions for young global entrepreneurs.

Earning a spot as one of only seven finalists in the category "Energy & Environment," Sungkyu, Lindsey and Vinh have been given the opportunity to pitch their product in front of a panel of judges at the Conrad Challenge Innovation Summit in Florida, USA*. This year, more than 600 teams worldwide submitted entries to the world-renowned competition. 

And as if that was not enough, more good news arrived just this week when the students learned that their team had been selected as semi-finalists in the Diamond Challenge, another top-rated entrepreneurship program, held by the University of Delaware.

SSIS couldn’t be prouder to celebrate the achievements and recognition that this team of young entrepreneurs has earned!

*UPDATE, MARCH 11: This year, the Conrad Challenge is preparing an outstanding virtual alternative to the Conrad Challenge Innovation Summit, due to the travel restrictions that have resulted because of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak.


Author: Tanya Olander
Communications Officer


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