What is Make the Future Live?
Make the Future Live is a platform to drive conversation, collaboration and innovation towards a lower-carbon energy future. The event sees policymakers, university students, academics, industry experts and business leaders converging together for four days of lively competition. The second edition of the Make the Future Live India took place in November 2019 at the Shell Technology Centre, Bengaluru - one of Shell’s three global technology hubs.
How NXplorers stood out from the crowd
The NXplorers programme was an integral part of the festival and provided an opportunity to showcase the success and impact of the programme in India since its launch in 2018. In its first year, the India programme reached almost 20,000 students across the country, and has seen great further engagement from these schools since.
One of the major highlights of the Make the Future Live festival was the ‘Experience Zone’ which featured students from the NXplorers programme displaying their projects on the water, food and energy nexus. Thirteen student teams, including a team from Swathanthra Hr Sec School in Tamil Nadu, wowed audiences with their amazing nature-based and organic solutions to some of the energy, food and water challenges in India.
“Their passion to innovate and ideate for solutions of the future was inspiring.”, says Harry Brekelmans, Shell's Projects and Technology director, who originally conceived the NXplorers programme.
Image: Harry Brekelmans (Shell P&T Director) engaging with NXplorers students at Make the Future Live India 2019
The festival concluded with the “NXplorers STEM Lab”, celebrating the success of the first year of the NXplorers programme in India. The session featured a student team presenting their food-water-energy challenge in the form of mime and featured a lively discussion between students and leaders on improving the education system in India and on the role of youth in addressing food-water-energy challenges.
A NXplorers Sustainability Futures Workshop also took place at the festival, where young professionals from Shell worked closely with students and faculty from top universities in India. Together, they applied the NXplorers methodology and tools to complex issues, in order to develop their problem-solving, systems thinking, scenario planning and change management skills.
Image: NXplorers STEM Lab at Make the Future Live India 2019
Image: NXplorers Sustainability Futures Workshop at Make the Future Live India 2019