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Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center in Singapore Holds First Open Innovation Competition for Youth

09 Sep, 2022 01:08 AM

  • Secondary school students presented business cases and design ideas for Purpose-Built Vehicle (PBV)
  • HMGICS, continuing commitment to Singapore’s future talent, agreed to explore collaborations on work experience programs with SST
  • HMGICS will continue to nurture the next generation of Singaporean engineers and scientists

SINGAPORE, 9 September, 2022
 - Hyundai Motor Group today celebrated the finale of its first open innovation competition for Singaporean youth at the School of Science and Technology (SST).

The competition theme presented business cases and design ideas for Purpose-Built Vehicle (PBV). Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center in Singapore (HMGICS), with the aim of better engaging Singaporean youth in the Group's future mobility innovation, held the competition beginning this May.

The participating schools were River Valley High school, United World College, and the School of Science and Technology. A total of 17 teams participated in the competition. Guest of Honor, Minister for Transport and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, Mr. S Iswaran presented the awards to the winning teams.

Evaluating four criteria (Social Impact, Creativity of Solution, Technical Accomplishment, Business Development), SST Team 2 won 1st place and was awarded vouchers and the work opportunity at HMGICS.

As part of the 3-month long competition, participating students received mentorships and lectures on the mobility industry, engineering design, and business. Students also had the opportunity to have hands-on experience at NTU-HP's 3D printing lab and HMGICS electric vehicle (EV) training workshop at the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC).

Mr. Nick Chan, Principal of SST, said, "Sharing similar beliefs in pushing the innovation boundaries and identifying breakthroughs, the close partnership forged between Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center in Singapore and School of Science and Technology, Singapore give rise to this special work experience program where our students have the privilege to interact with real world leaders and engineers from the Hyundai's Strategic Partnership Unit and the R&D Department. This authentic learning experience brings the future closer to our SST students, widening their learning horizons, as well as raising their interest and passion in taking up STEM-related jobs in the future."

"HMGICS is pleased to hold our first open innovation competition for Singaporean youth. HMGICS will continue to explore smart future mobility innovations by growing together with Singapore. This open innovation competition program for Singapore youth showcases our strong commitment to realize this vision. We also believe the work experience with SST will continue to help future growth of Singaporean youth in science & engineering for the sustainable future innovation in Singapore", said Hong Bum Jung, Chief Executive Officer of HMGICS.

Continuing its strong commitment to supporting Singaporean youth in science and engineering, HMGICS also agreed to explore work experience programs with SST. HMGICS hopes to provide Singaporean youth with work exposure and an understanding of business opportunities in the area of innovative technologies.

HMGICS is the Hyundai Motor Group's global open innovation hub for research and development in advanced mobility ecosystems with the aim of revolutionizing the future mobility value chain. Apart from introducing smart mobility solutions such as Electric Vehicles (EV), Autonomous Vehicles (AV), Purpose-Built Vehicle (PBV), and new forms of mobility products and services in Singapore, HMGICS will also serve as a testbed for human-centered intelligent manufacturing and the new direction of future manufacturing with verification of Industry 4.0 technologies.