Team Unilag, Nigeria

Winner: Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Europe Award

Following three years of administrative and financial struggles, Team Unilag entered its first Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicle in Shell Eco-marathon 2020. All was going to plan until a series of events took away their most significant fundraiser for the season, the ability for members to collaborate on projects in shared physical spaces and the structural basis of the team’s original strategy.

Team Unilag revised their strategy to focus on these principles:

  • Educating and inspiring young people in and around their host community
  • Applying their practical knowledge to help address energy problems faced by Nigerians
  • Ensuring the welfare and growth of the team.

In four months, they established SEM Unilag Hub, an online community where Nigerian youth can learn from local and international energy and automotive experts (with engagement from over 250 youth since launch).

The team have started building a functional prototype for a solar generator designed for Nigerian households and developed a working process for teammates to collaborate towards building projects remotely while ensuring their safety and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

SEM Unilag’s motto is: "We will face our challenges. We will solve our problems. We will find a way or make one.”

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Why the judges believed they deserved to win?

“The jury were very impressed with this team’s perseverance and their ability to overcome adversity. They use their creativity to help and inspire others with innovation at the heart of everything they do.”

Winning teams

Americas
Team Taq Balam, GuatemalaTeam Taq Balam, Guatemala, The students put their skills into practice to help combat COVID-19; including a being part of their University’s effort to create a mechanical ventilator and transform bioethanol from their prototype vehicle into hand sanitizer which they donated to a nursing home.
Asia
Team Apatte 62, IndonesiaTeam Apatte 62, Indonesia, Along with the Task Force of Universitas Brawijaya, the team developed a remote-control robot that can help cleanse surrounding areas by emitting UV rays to help reduce the risk of contamination from viruses such as COVID-19.
Europe
Team TIM UPS INSA, France.Team TIM UPS INSA, France, The students created an ‘open source Shell Eco-marathon prototype’ complete with software, written plans and step-by-step tutorials to support other teams design their own low-cost electric prototype vehicle for future track events.

Shortlisted teams

Americas
Team Kiri Fan, ArgentinaTeam Kiri Fan, Argentina, Together with the State and Volkswagen, team members created and distributed 1,000 face shields to assist Argentina’s healthcare service.
Americas
Drop Team, BrazilDrop Team, Brazil, The team adapted their 3D printers and other equipment originally used to develop parts of their prototype vehicle to produce face shields which they distributed to the local community.
Americas
Team Bearcat Motorsports, USATeam Bearcat Motorsports, USA, When a devastating F3 tornado hit their town Ruston, Louisiana and left their 3,000 square-foot workshop in ruins, this team selflessly stepped up to support their local community in the clean-up.
Europe
Eco-Runner Team Delft, The NetherlandsEco-Runner Team Delft, The Netherlands, Embodying the spirit of collaboration, Eco-Runner Team Delft partnered with KON, a team in Lima, Peru to form an advisory board to share their knowledge and support this team starting on out on their Shell Eco-marathon journey.
Asia
ITS Team Sapuangin, IndonesiaITS Team Sapuangin, Indonesia, The team put their skills to good use and developed initiatives to improve air circulation quality on public transport and conducted research into automatic virus sterilization in urban vehicles.
Asia
Semeru Team, IndonesiaSemeru Team, Indonesia, After a robbery at the university, the team created a night patrol to protect theirs and other team’s equipment. They also used 3D printing to produce face shields.
The Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Award

The Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Award

This award celebrates what makes Shell Eco-marathon so special: the desire to come together to overcome barriers to progress. The Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Award showcases the spirit of collaboration, empathy, finding solutions and using skills and talents for the good. To watch the ceremony to see how we honoured the shortlisted teams and announced the winners, click here.

Watch the Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Award Ceremony
The Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Stories

The Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Stories

Beyond the track and technical elements of the competition there are the people, our student teams who are the heart and soul of Shell Eco-marathon. To honour their passion, determination and true spirit, their real life stories have been captured in their own words. To watch the film of the shortlisted teams and find out more on their incredible stories, click here.

Watch the Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Stories Film