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Meet Colin Furze. Our host of Pitch the Future who has a passion for inventing things, especially in the STEM field. See how he takes on one of the challenges himself and builds a wind and solar-powered tumble dryer.

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.

Intro to Challenges: Pitch the Future

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Decarbonising the Home with Shell Energy

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

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

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

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

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.