OPT Challenge

Oil Palm Trunk Product Challenge

Palm oil production generates a significant amount of palm oil trunks (OPTs) as a by-product. These trunks are often discarded or burned, contributing to environmental concerns. This project aims to explore the potential of utilizing OPTs as a sustainable and innovative material for furniture production.

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Competition Objectives :

  1. To investigate the feasibility of using palm oil trunks for furniture/interior decoration/building materials or construction.
  2. To develop innovative furniture designs that utilize the unique properties of OPTs.
  3. To assess the structural integrity, durability, and aesthetics of furniture/interior decoration/building materials or construction and made from OPTs and to explore potential finishing techniques and treatments for OPT furniture/interior decoration/building materials or construction.
  4. To analyze the environmental and economic benefits of using OPTs for furniture/interior decoration/building materials or construction compared to conventional materials.
  5. To increase awareness on the potential use of oil palm trunk as sustainable building/furniture/interior decorating materials
  6. To improve public perception of oil palm trunk materials by emphasizing its aesthetic appeal, durability, and environmental benefits in outreach materials and media coverage

Scope of Competition :

  1. Competition is open to all interested students in Indonesia
  2. The maximum number of group members is five persons
  3. Each group shall submit (can be in English or Bahasa Indonesia):
    • Product description containing description, technical data, and explanation on why your design may improve the sustainability of the oil palm
    • Video of the product: high resolution; 3 – 5 mins duration
    • Photos of the product from different angle: 5 – 10 photos
  4. 3 finalists will be invited to the One Day Symposium on Oil Palm Trunk that will be held in Bogor. A maximum of 2 persons per group will receive travel grant award to come to Bogor
  5. Finalist invited to Bogor shall bring their products and other related media (banner, flyer, etc) to Bogor

Deliverables :

  1. A comprehensive research report on the properties of palm oil trunks and their suitability for furniture/interior decoration/building materials or construction.
  2. A portfolio of innovative furniture/interior decoration/building materials or construction utilizing palm oil trunks.
  3. Functional prototypes of the furniture/interior decoration/building materials or construction.
  4. A final presentation showcasing the research findings, design concepts, prototypes, and future potential of OPT furniture/interior decoration/building materials or construction.

Evaluation Criteria :

The project will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Originality and functionality of the furniture/interior decoration/building materials or construction.
  2. Craftsmanship and quality of the prototypes.
  3. Depth and quality of research on OPT properties and furniture/interior decoration/building materials or construction.
  4. Clarity and effectiveness of the final presentation.

Awards :

3 finalists will be invited to Jakarta to present their prototypes.

  • 1st place winner will get an award of 1000 EUR
  • 2nd place winner will get 500 EUR
  • 3rd place winner will get 250 EUR

Timeline :

  • 20 July 2024: Deadline for design submission through the website
  • 1 August 2024: 1st round result announcement (desk evaluation)
  • 20 August 2024: Final presentation of 3 finalist in Bogor. Bring your prototypes!

Registration : https://ipb.link/oil-palm-trunk-product-challenge-registration-form

Contact Person:  Pristy Tasya Nabila +62 823-7071-0064