Sustainability Challenge 2019

The Sustainability Challenge 2019 (SC 2019) is the third series of the competition that was initiated by UKM-YSD Chair for Sustainable Development: Zero Waste Technology with the objective of exploring and developing innovative ideas on sustainability of commodity crops industry. The previous competitions were held successfully on November 18, 2015 and November 29, 2017.

For the third challenge this year, the format has been changed completely compared to first two series. Instead of just selecting the top 10 ideas, for Sustainability Challenge 2019: Innovation and Invention Competition, all participants will be invited to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia to present their ideas in front of the juries. The top 10 ideas and innovations will be selected to pitch their ideas in front of the Grand Jury. The top 3 winners will receive cash prizes awards. All participants will also be considered for the Gold, Silver and Bronze Sustainability Challenge 2019 medals.



Commodity Crops: Innovation towards Sustainability and Circular Economy



The competition aims to:

  1. To explore and develop innovative ideas and invention on the sustainability of commodity crops industry among students.
  2. To provide a platform for initiatives on commodity crops sustainability practices towards circular economy reflecting on SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).
  3. To initiate initiatives on how industry can benefit the communities



Thursday, 12th December 2019

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, UKM Bangi


First Call: 15th May 2019

Registration Deadline: 1st November 2019

  • Registration & Early Bird Payment
  • 3-minute Video submission deadline

Normal Payment Deadline: 15th November 2019

Competition Grand Finale: 12th December 2019

Only full paying team will be invited to come to the competition on 12th December 2019.

  1. Entry is open to all students from institutions/ matriculations/ foundations/ polytechnics/ universities/ colleges by individual or group (maximum three persons) in Malaysia and worldwide .
  2. Competition fee will be based on per entry.
  3. Only ONE certificate of participation will be issued.
  4. Idea shall be original and the idea can be an outcome of a PhD, Master, Undergraduate Final Year Project or research work. Collaborative research projects with industry partners are highly encouraged.
  5. Judging process will be based on video submission and poster presentation. Top 10 teams will be invited to pitch (5 minutes) their ideas in front of the Grand Jury who will choose the winners for the Grand Prizes.
  1. The organizer and/or panel of judges reserve the rights to alter competition terms and conditions which deemed necessary, in the best interest of this competition.

Video Submission

Each team is asked to submit a 3-minute video presentation of their ideas by uploading into the Youtube channel.

  1. Video should be submitted in MP4 format
  2. The link to the video should be provided during the registration or 1 month prior to the event.
  3. The best video willreceive a special award.


Presentation during Event

  1. Each participant will be provided with a limited exhibition space (table and poster board).
  2. Participants are advised to stand by or present at respective booths throughout the event
  3. It is compulsory to prepare a poster presentation. See details on poster preparation guidelines.
  4. Participants are also encourage to display a model, prototype, sample or laptop presentation related to the idea. This will help the panel or judges to understand the research project better. Participants may also prepare brochure, pictures, etc.
  5. The panel or judges will select the teams to be awarded with Gold/Silver/Bronze medals.
  6. All teams will be pitched (5 minute pitching) their ideas in front of the Grand Jury. The Grand Jury will choose the top three winners.

Poster Preparation Guidelines

  1. Poster size is A1 (and hang type). Printing of poster will be at your own cost.
  2. The poster must include:
  • Title
  • Introduction
  • Names of project members
  • Name of institution/faculty/centre/department, etc
  • Introduction
  • Problem Statement
  • Objectives
  • Novelty
  • Usefulness
  • Commercialization potential or impact towards socioeconomic
  • Pictures
  • References

Every entrant with excellent idea will receive an award (Gold/ Silver/ Bronze) and we have grand prizes for the top ten as below:


Grand Awards

First Prize        : RM 3,000 + Medal + Certificate

Second Prize   : RM 2,000 + Medal + Certificate

Third Prize       : RM 1,000 + Medal + Certificate


Excellence Awards

Consolation Prize        : RM 500 + Medal + Certificate

Best Poster      : RM 500 + Certificate

Best Video       : RM 500 + Certificate


Early Bird

Local: RM400/entry

International: USD 150


Normal Rate:

Local: RM500/entry

International: USD 200


Accommodation and travel costs are not included in the registration fee. The registration only covers participation in the competition and food voucher for the registered team members (maximum 3 persons per team per fee). 


Payment can be made via electronic transfer:

Account Holders’s Name: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Account Holder’s Address:
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
43600 UKM, Bangi
Selangor, MALAYSIA.
Account Number: 8002234307

Bank Address:

CIMB Bank Bhd,
Lot 1.04 & 1.05, Level 1,
43600 UKM, Bangi,
Selangor Darul Ehsan


Please email payment slip to with
email subject: Entry Submission Fee (Attn: Dr. Jarinah Mohd Ali)

  1. UKM-YSD Chair for Sustainable Development: Zero Waste Technology
  2. Research Center for Sustainable Process Technology (CESPRO)
  3. Academic Research on Palm Oil Sustainability (ARPOS)
  4. MPOB-UKM Endowed Chair in Palm Oil Industry Development for a Sustainable Economy
  5. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): Malaysia Chapter
  6. CHESC Chemical Engineering Student Club

Secretariat Office Sustainability Challenge 2019

UKM-Yayasan Sime Darby Chair for Sustainable Development: Zero Waste Technology
Level 1
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
43600 UKM, Bangi
Selangor Darul Ehsan
No. Tel: +603-8921 6031
No. Fax: +603-8920 2314
(Attn: Dr Teow Yeit Haan/Ms. Siti Hajar Mohammad/Ms. Nur Haslina Mohamed Ayub)