A few weeks ago, the 2019 Spellman HV Clean Tech Competition came to a close, and I am still in awe. While I had been there for the 2018 Finals, this was the first competition that I had seen from start to finish, and it was a truly incredible experience. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the doom and gloom of our current news cycles when it comes to the environment, and what they always seem to miss are things like this. I read about so many incredible projects, communicated with so many incredible people, heard from so many intelligent contestants. These simple actions helped me to revive a little bit of hope in the face of this continual onslaught of misery, and they were some days this was sorely needed.
Then I finally got the ability to meet some of these teams, put a face to these amazing people. And even though I had high expectations, I was still blown away. They were all so passionate about their projects, and they should be! They had just spent innumerable hours over many stressful days, trying to find a way to work Toward A Greener Tomorrow. And it was not just these team members, it was their support. The amazing Team Leaders that helped guide them through their research, their friends that helped keep them motivated, their parents that gave them that extra support. These projects were researched by the team members, but they were not the only people behind it. These, as with any project, are the result of a vast support network that makes them possible. And that is what in the end gives me hope. It is not just a select few that care, it is countless silent members of their community that push them and allow them to do this. Without all of them involved, innovation could not happen on the scale we need it to for our planet to heal.
This competition is a wonderful part of the movement towards sustainability, and I am honored to be a part of it. Administering the competition may have been my role, but in my opinion it was the most insignificant part. Coordination is important, but what is the point in coordinating if there is no one participating?
I am excited to see the growth of this competition into the future, to see more incredible ideas coming forth from the next generation. From the newest class of innovation and progression. 2019 was an amazing year for the Clean Tech Competition, and 2020 will be even better, of that I have no doubt.
Clean Tech Competition Administrator
Speaking of, a little bird told me that information for the 2020 competition will be coming soon..! So, please keep an eye on our social media and on your email, as we gear up to announce next years event!