The coronavirus pandemic brought considerable challenges to almost all areas of life. But one inspiring beacon of hope during this difficult time has been the way that human ingenuity stepped up to tackle the challenges we’ve faced.

Using ingenuity and STEM skills to solve problems is what the Sci-Tech Challenge is all about. We didn’t want this year’s STEM students to miss out on the chance to share their hard work and ideas – so to make sure as many as possible could still participate, we arranged a virtual event.

ExxonMobil holds the Sci-Tech Challenge every year in partnership with JA Europe. It’s part of our program to encourage STEM students and build their skills, by using them to solve real world problems. Although this year’s event was not competitive, students were still able to present their ideas to the panel of judges.

On this year’s panel we were lucky to have: Armando Persico, winner of the Global Teacher Prize; Karel Lannoo, Chief Executive of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a leading think tank; Dr. Walter Goetz, Head of Cabinet of European Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean; and Philippe Ducom, President of ExxonMobil Europe. The virtual event was chaired by Salvatore Nigro, CEO of JA Europe.

Find out what happened as the teams presented their ideas for supplying energy to the Olympic Games:


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