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Pitch the Future is an all-new competition that challenges Shell Eco-marathon student teams from around the world to use their STEM skills to tackle four real-world energy challenges. 

Scroll down to find out more about each of the challenges, read about the teams, explore their incredible ideas in response to these real world challenges, and click through to vote for your favourite winning idea.

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Intro to Challenges: Pitch the Future

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Title: Intro to Challenges: Pitch the Future

Duration: 0:59 minutes

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YouTuber and inventor Colin Furze introduces the three Shell Pitch the Future challenges.

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Interview footage of Colin Furze standing with outstretched arms speaking into the camera.

Colin Furze

Let’s get this show on the road!

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Colourful confetti flies around Colin. A series of blue and yellow animated lines appear behind him. 

Colin Furze

I’m Colin Furze, YouTuber and inventor.

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COLIN FURZE

YOUTUBER & INVENTOR

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PITCH THE FUTURE

#MakeTheFuture

Colin Furze

And welcome to Pitch the Future where we get some of the brightest minds, our Shell Eco Marathon students, to help out in solving real world challenges.

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Colin speaks into the camera. Animations pop up on-screen around Colin of a pencil, atom, lightbulb, brain, graduate cap and gears. Then a series of coloured animated circular and dotted lines appear behind him. 

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DECARBONIZING THE HOME

Shell ENERGY

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Colin speaks into the camera. Top right an embedded animation of homes and a finger flicking a light switch and a clock.

Colin Furze

The first challenge is to reduce CO2 emissions in the home, but without disrupting customers’ everyday comforts.

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TRACKING AND REDUCING VEHICLE CO2 EMISSIONS

Microsoft

Colin Furze

The next task is to design a system which can be fitted into a car that tracks and shares CO2 emissions.

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Colin speaks into the camera. Top right an embedded animation of a car and a tracking device.

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DECARBONIZING ROAD FREIGHT TRANSPORT

Shell Lubricants

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Colin speaks into the camera. Top right an embedded animation of a home and approaching freight vehicle. A parcel is placed on the doorstep after which the vehicle drives off.

Colin Furze

The third task is to create a concept which helps decarbonise road freight transport, but without compromising customer expectations, because we still want our packages on time.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLE BATTERY CHARGING

Shell Recharge

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Colin Furze

And the final task is to plan an all-electric drive with the fewest amount of stops, the best optimised battery, and in the fastest possible time.

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Colin Furze

For full details on all things Pitch the Future, visit MakeTheFuture.Shell/Pitch.

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MakeTheFuture.Shell/Pitch

#ShellEcoMarathon

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© Shell International 2020

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Decarbonising the Home with Shell Energy
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In this challenge students will develop an innovative concept to help lower energy use in the home, without compromising people’s comfort or convenience.

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Tracking and Reducing CO2 Emissions from Vehicles with Microsoft
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In line with Microsoft’s 2030 carbon negative ambition, the challenge is to design a prototype for tracking passenger vehicle CO2 emissions to help reduce driving emissions.

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Decarbonising Road Freight Transport with Shell Lubricants
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Participating teams will develop an innovative concept that helps decarbonise road freight transport without compromising customer expectations of distribution and delivery.

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Electric Vehicles and Long-Distance Travels with Shell Recharge
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With electric vehicles usage growing, students will plan an all-electric drive relevant to their region, showing how current battery technology can be optimised.

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Digital Literacy Award with Adobe
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A special prize which all teams using Adobe Creative Cloud are entered into, recognising creative submissions that exemplify digital literacy skills.

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Revisit the Pitch the Future homepage to learn more about the competition, the teams, and the live pitches.