Bandung – After taking a break from participating last year due to the pandemic, ITB students successfully won six awards in South Korea on August 24 in the 2023 I-CAPS and D-CAMP programs. The students were delegates from the Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (FTMD), the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design (FSRD), and the School of Electrical and Informatics Engineering (STEI).

The amazing award was achieved because many parties gave their fully contribution to the I-CAPS 2023 program. 20 participants from ITB were challenged to provide ideas for designing and creating prototypes. They also have to collaborate with international students to create their prototypes.

At the end of February, I-CAPS 2023 participants formed a team consisting of 2-3 Southeast Asian students and 2 South Korean students. The formation of this team was a form of opening for I-CAPS and D-CAMP 2023. They designed a prototype for five months with the theme “Future Mobility”. From August 20 to 26, participants departed for South Korea to take part in the peak event of the I-CAPS and D-Camp programs.

In this activity, ITB students met directly with Southeast Asian and South Korean students as a team. They continued the prototype project design that had been initiated five months ago to be presented on August 24, 2023. The hard work of the participants and ITB students was seen to yield good results by winning six awards.

Due to the dedication and contribution of ITB students, they received one gold prize, two silver prizes, two bronze prizes, and one participation prize. They contributed to the team so that their product was selected to receive an award. They are students from FTMD ITB. Behind the awards won, there is an interesting background and story about each product.

How is the story behind the ITB student product idea?

The Bronze Prize was won by Yusuf Ahmadi from Team 3, namely the Urban Air Purifier Using Living Moss and Microbial Bioreactor product. It uses live moss and a microbial bioreactor to clean air pollution, which is mostly produced by vehicles. According to Yusuf Ahmadi, this product was designed due to the increasing air pollution in urban areas by focusing on the presence of pedestrians, which is often overlooked in reducing air pollution.

Meanwhile, two different products won silver prizes. First, from Team 13 from Bagas Nathanael, namely the Treadmill Bike with Power Assist Designed to Promote Healthy Aging in the Elderly by Making Exercise Fun and Enjoyable, which is specifically designed to support healthy aging for the adult, combining the concepts of cycling and treadmills to create a healthy and enjoyable means of transportation. According to Bagas, this concept was inspired by Korean demographic data, which shows an increase of elderly populations.

The second product that won the Silver Prize from Team 4 by Faris Fadhillah was the Modular Electric Scooter for Wheelchair, which can be combined with a wheelchair, allowing children with disabilities to move more easily and participate in daily activities without obstacles.

Apart from that, there is also a product with a Participation Prize award from Team 19 by Hanarum Imansyah, namely the Auxiliary Awareness System, aimed at reducing accidents due to blind spots on trucks. This system uses sensors mounted on the vehicle’s ceiling to notify drivers if another vehicle is in their blind spot, seeking to reduce the high number of accidents caused by these large vehicles in Indonesia.

Above are the experiences and stories behind their trip to South Korea in the I-CAPS and D-CAMP programs. This experience was very memorable for Yusuf Ahmadi and his friends. They gain a new perspective on solving a problem. More than that, this opportunity allows them to build a wider network, open up their knowledge to the international world, and hone their skills and potential. Hopefully, their inspiring stories motivate other students to continue to be talented and achieve their dreams.

Translated by Vanela Kusuma Amalia