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DiGi Kicks Off 2nd Edition of Deep Green Challenge for Change

SHAH ALAM, 10 AUGUST 2010: DiGi.Com Berhad ("DiGi") today launched Deep Green Challenge for Change 2010 - a competition for Malaysians and students of all institutes of higher learning to showcase the best GreenTech and Social Venture Ideas.

Challenge for Change is aligned with DiGi's Deep Green programme which addresses energy efficiency within the company's business, and broader areas of sustainability with related stakeholders. Deep Green includes key initiatives involving DiGi's network, information technology (IT) systems, building and facilities, fleet and initiatives with employees, customers, partners, and the community.

15 teams from eight Malaysian universities participated in the inaugural Challenge for Change programme, which kicked-off in July 2009. Six (6) teams were then selected for the final round where they undertook projects to research and design proof of concepts of renewable energy solutions for rural, underserved communities in Malaysia.

DiGi's chief executive officer Henrik Clausen said that last year's success encouraged DiGi to push the envelope on climate change and take this programme to the next level. "This year's programme focuses on entrepreneurship of green practices and gives local talents international exposure. Additionally, we've also aligned the programme to incorporate environmental practices at Community Broadband Centers to enhance our support for development of broadband in rural areas," added Clausen.

This year's Challenge for Change 2010 aims to instill values of sustainability and encourage entrepreneurship among all Malaysians.

Participants are invited to take part in two challenges:

1) Social Venture Challenge:

  • Participants are required to develop a sustainable business idea that could be implemented at any of DiGi's Community Broadband Centres, covering the categories of Energy, Environment, Agriculture, and Education
  • This challenge is only open to students from colleges and universities in Malaysia, with 3 maximum entries from each institution
  • Participants have to submit their ideas via a 15-page powerpoint presentation
  • Finalists and winners stand a chance to receive up to RM5,000 as seed funds to develop their solutions. Overall winner from the Social Venture challenge will be announced in January 2011 and can win up to RM10,000 in cash
  • Finalists and winners will also gain experiential learning from social entrepreneur and industry experts, and exposure to DiGi's business culture

2) CleanTech Global Ideas Challenge:

  • Participants are required to create an eco-friendly and viable business idea that covers the categories of Air, Water and Waste, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Green building, Smart Power, and Green Grid Energy storage
  • This challenge is open to all Malaysians, both students and entrepreneurs, keen on turning their clean technology ideas into a thriving business
  • Participants have to share their ideas in a five minute video presentation
  • Winner will represent Malaysia in the Global CleanTech Open in San Francisco in November 2010. The Global CleanTech Open is the world's largest competition that judges green technology ideas from all over the world. Up to 19 countries are represented in the Global CleanTech Open whereby the global winner at this international competition can win over RM300,000 worth of start-up services

Participants are invited to submit their entries by 4 October 2010. The Deep Green Challenge for Change 2010 is supported by the Ministry of Higher Education, and the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water.

For more information on DiGi's Deep Green initiative, visit http://www.digi.com.my/deepgreen

 

About DiGi
Established in 1995, DiGi is listed on Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad and is part of the global telecommunications provider, Telenor Group. DiGi focuses on making it easy, keeping it relevant and providing the best deals to ensure excellent customer experience in mobile and internet services. Through its corporate initiative, Deep Green, DiGi is committed to a sustainable business that is financially and ecologically responsible to all stakeholders.

 

About Deep Green
Deep Green is a company-wide initiative which drives energy efficiency and environmental sustainability into every aspect of DiGi's business. Through Deep Green, we aim to reduce our business CO2 footprint by 50% by 2011 (from 2008), and engage with stakeholders to unearth innovative solutions to reduce our shared climate impact.


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