The University of Southampton Malaysia’s Engineering Clubs which consists of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), IET on Campus, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Chapter, Southampton Space Flight Society (SUSF), Robotics Club, and Southampton Malaysia Aviation Society (SMAS), proudly concluded the Inovex Competition on 16 March 2024. This exhilarating event aimed to foster innovation and exploration for sustainability while showcasing the diverse talents and ingenuity of university students across various engineering disciplines.

The Inovex Competition, held at UoSM’s campus, was a testament to the power of collaboration and creativity in addressing pressing sustainability challenges. Teams consisting of 2 to 5 members across 10 universities participated in the competition, which offered a platform for students to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems.

Throughout the competition, participants were encouraged to tackle sustainability challenges across four categories, each addressing specific issues such as food security, sustainable agriculture, affordable housing, and healthcare accessibility. By providing a range of problem statements, the competition allowed teams to align their projects with their interests and expertise, ultimately fostering a more impactful and meaningful experience.

The competition unfolded in two phases - Phase 1 which commenced on 13 November 2023, and Phase 2 on 16 March 2024. During Phase 1, teams submitted proposals and posters outlining their innovative solutions, followed by Phase 2, where shortlisted teams presented their designs to a panel of expert judges.

After an intense competition and rigorous evaluation, MaizeTECH from Universiti Malaysia Perlis emerged as the champion, taking home the RM1000 prize. The first runner-up, 4VitaHealth from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and the second runner-up, Wings of Aids from the University of Southampton Malaysia, also demonstrated exceptional innovation and dedication, earning RM500 and RM300 respectively. Power Texh from Universiti Tenaga Nasional won the best prototype while Year 1 Rookies from University of Nottingham Malaysia clinced the best poster award.

The success of the Inovex Competition underscores the University of Southampton Malaysia's commitment to promoting sustainability and fostering the next generation of innovative engineers. Through collaborative initiatives like the Inovex Competition, students are empowered to make a positive impact on society while honing their skills and expertise in engineering.