Energy-generating keyboard succeeds at business@school Asian Finals

For the fourth time, the winning business idea comes from Singapore Chinese Girls' School (SCGS): Team Carpe Diem wins the business@school Asian Finals

The teams 2010

On Saturday, November 6, the annual business@school competition held after nine months of work concluded with a close final between the four winning teams from the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Raffles Institution, Singapore Chinese Girls' School, and Xinmin Secondary School.

After passionate student performances, team Carpe Diem from the Singapore Chinese Girls' School (SCGS) won the competition. Their winning idea is a keyboard system harnessing kinetic energy from typing to recharge laptop batteries, called ZapTap. The energy provides laptop users with a readily available, environment-friendly source of power. Team members Chou Zhi Mun, Liu Xin Tong, S. Sivapriya, Lee Xin Min, and Kimberly Chan Pei Rui from SGCS impressed the panel of judges with a concise and collaborative presentation that incorporated individual segments covering the business plan for their business idea. This included an overview of the funding they have already secured and a precise financial statement.

Judges Kevin Kan, Director and Head of Global Network Operations Singapore & Japan, American Express; Pang Eng Fong, Professor of Management, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University; Dr. Owen Young, Senior Director Group Strategy, Standard Chartered Bank; and Mariam Jaafar, Principal at BCG's Singapore office, also praised the other three teams during the competition's feedback session for presentation skills that showed maturity beyond their years and concepts that could be competitive in the real world.

The jury