Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Marine Robot Cleaner
Explain your project in details:
Purpose: The purpose of my project is to preserve our marine environment. I am working towards Sustainable Development Goal SDG 14,Life Under Water, which aims to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. We live on a blue planet, with oceans and seas covering more than 70 per cent of the Earths surface. Oceans feed us, regulate our climate, and generate most of the oxygen we breathe. Oceans are facing threats as a result of human activity. Every year, an estimated 8 million tons of plastic waste end up in the worlds oceans. Working: M Bot,Marine Robot Cleaner is a prototype robot that can remove floating wastes from water surfaces. It is basically shaped like a boat and can be operated remotely with a radio control. It runs with 2 motors that helps the boat to move in the water. Popsicle sticks are attached to a wheel and then to the third motor to push the waste from the water bodies into the storage basket. This prototype can also be fitted with a rotatable wireless camera which can help the controller of the boat to navigate the machine from a long distance away. Solar panels can also be used instead of batteries. Although this project could plausibly restore the purity of water, it nevertheless could be the initial step taken forward towards creating a better ecosystem. Results: It was visually apparent that the Popsicle stick pushes the wastes from the water bodies into the collecting basket. https://youtu.be/Vs-JE45OCHw
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Achievements: Many government entities such as Environment Agency, Emirates Environment Group, Dubai Makers Faire, Future Entrepreneurs Abu Dhabi Chamber, Global Innovation Showcase, Department of Education and Knowledge accoladed and appreciated his prototype robot.
Sustainability and future plans
Talks are in progress to develop the prototype robot in a bigger scale with Environment Agency. Financial support will be assisted by Madar, is a global leader in renewable energy and sustainable urban development. Plans for future growth: The prototype robot is capable of collecting only a few kilograms of wastes. The prototype robot will be built in bigger scale to collect floating wastes more in quantity.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am Sainath Manikandan, studying in grade 7 in GEMS United Indian School,Abu Dhabi. I assume various roles as an innovator, active environmentalist, outstanding student, passionate social campaigner, Abacus graduate, Brown belt in Karate, Junior Emergency Response Lead Member, Keyboard player and a budding artist. I spread awareness about the need to protect, conserve and preserve the earths resources and reduce, reuse and recycle wastes and Say No to plastics. I am a Drop It Youth Ambassador and an active member of Emirates Environmental Group,EEG. I have persuaded many students to rethink plastics as they are not our bodys best friend as it affects both marine species and our health. Awards: Sainath Manikandan is the innovator of Marine Robot Cleaner, Agribot and 2 apps to control the robots. He intends to build the MBot in a bigger scale to collect floating wastes from water surfaces. He had presented his innovation MBot Cleaner in Innovator 2018, Dubai Makers Space, Global Innovation Showcase, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Masdar The Festival . Agribot was presented at Innovator 2019 and Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture. Sainath have started his campaign, PEPC Campaign and collecting recyclables in their school and community. He had won the prestigious Diana Award 2018 who believe that young people have the power to change the world. Won the first place in Beeah Environment Excellence School Award Outstanding Individual Student category 2019. His innovation won accolades as Best Technology Project in Future Entrepreneurs organized by Abu Dhabi Chamber. He is an active member of Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) and School Eco-Club member, an environmentalist and social campaigner. He is Young Times magazine panelist and writes articles to raise environmental awareness. He uses his oratory skills and writing skills to raise awareness amongst his schoolmates and community.