Are you up for the PEMA Student Challenge?

Are you up for the PEMA Student Challenge?

University students in the ports and terminals sector are being urged to enter the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association’s Student Challenge 2018 for a chance to win €1,000.
 
The PEMA Student Challenge is the only competition of its kind within the ports and terminals industry and is open to university students across the globe. Each year the question focuses on a topical industry theme and challenges teams to come up with an implementable solution to the Student Challenge ‘question’. 
 
The theme of this year’s competition is the ‘environmental challenge and productivity at ports’, and focuses heavily on air quality and the reduction of CO2 emissions at terminals.
 
This year’s challenge follows a number of high profile international initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions in the maritime sector and this year’s competitors will be challenged to draw on existing technologies such as shore power and green energy to propose a sustainable, economically competitive, solution.
 
Teams will be judged, not only on their technical knowledge and creativity but also their ability to establish a realistic and cost-effective solution which could be implemented in a real port environment.
 
In the first stage of the competition, teams are asked to submit a two-page (A4) preliminary abstract, outlining their solution. The top three abstracts are then selected by a panel of industry judges and the three qualifying teams are invited to present their full solution at the live Student Challenge final at TOC Europe in Rotterdam on 14 June.
 
The team that has performed best according to the jury will receive a prize of €1000 (shared between team mates), plus certificates for the winning team and runners-up. 
 
Fae Brennan, Chair of the PEMA Communications, Events and Educational Programmes Committee, said: “The PEMA Student Challenge provides a unique opportunity for young people to experience the TOC Europe and connect with industry leaders. The Student Challenge is helping to bring up emerging talent and we are committed to making a continued success of it.”
 
Teams should submit their two-page (A4), preliminary abstract of their proposed solution to info@pema.org before the deadline at 16:00 on 20 April 2018.
 
The three finalist teams will be notified on 30 April and will be provided with a full brief for their final presentation.
 
Visit the PEMA Student Challenge page for more details and to sign up.
 
If you would like to learn more about the programme, please contact the PEMA Secretariat, Fae Brennan, via email: fae.brennan@pema.org  or telephone: +44 7766 228 958