Apr 3, 2015  Jakarta

Henkel Innovation Challenge 8

Innovative ideas triumph at Henkel Innovation Challenge semi-finals

The national semi-finals of the Henkel Innovation Challenge (HIC) in Indonesia and Philippines have just taken place, and the quality of presentations from the teams have the judges excited about the overall standard of innovative ideas being generated by the annual competition.

Team Hurricane from the Institute of Technology Bandung, beat four other teams to emerge victorious for their semi-final in Indonesia. Its innovation was an ‘Eco-Dishwashing Wrapper’ which saves energy and money for users. Team members Ratih Siahaan and Hariawan Christophorus were engaging and entertaining in their delivery of the pitch for the sustainable product related to the Laundry and Home Care business unit, eventually securing them a ticket to the grand finals.

As a judge at the Indonesia semi-finals, Ted Hong, Adhesive Technologies Marketing Manager, Henkel Indonesia, said, ““I was impressed by the students’ presentations as their approach and reasoning were very logical. Even though English is a second language for them, their engagement with the audience was top notch. I hope that the winning team can deliver their message with the same confidence and energy on the global stage.”

In the Philippines, Team Darmalite won with their product related to the Adhesive Technologies business unit. Their product, ‘Buckstrahl’, is a revolutionary and environmentally friendly coating material which protects cars from corrosion and transforms any surface into a powerful solar cell. Team members Marco del Valle and Christine Darla Bautista competed with two other teams and emerged victorious with their comprehensive marketing and communications plans.

Jarrod Patterson, Director, Human Resources, South Asia, said, “The projects presented by the students demonstrated their interest in Henkel and the topic of sustainability. In the novel ideas presented, you could see the students had spent considerable time reviewing our product range and determining how these products could be leveraged in a sustainable manner to meet the needs of global mega trends.“

The winners will represent their respective countries at the grand finals in Vienna from 8–10 April. There, they will compete with other talented students from 28 countries, and have the opportunity to be mentored by Henkel’s top managers.

Henkel employees and semi-finalists at the HIC Indonesia semi-final event. Winners Ratih Siahaan (seated, fourth from left) and Hariawan Christophorus (seated, sixth from left) came up with the innovative idea of an ‘Eco-Dishwashing Wrapper

Semi-finalists for HIC Philippines. Winners Christine Darla Bautista and Marco del Valle (first and second from left) came up with a coating innovation which protects cars from corrosion and transforms any surface into a powerful solar cell