A delegation from Diponegoro University (UNDIP) represented Indonesia at the JAPAN DESIGN INVENTION AND EXPO 2023 (JDIE 23) in Ariake, Tokyo, held from July 7–8, 2023. The event, organized by the World Invention Intellectual Property Associations, provided an opportunity for students to showcase their innovations in the field of science and technology.

In this global event, Bryant Andhika Prayoga (Chemistry IUP 2021), Antonia Anetha Binar Bulan (Chemistry 2022), Chairunnisa Zalsabila (Chemistry IUP 2022), and Katarina Aletta Sahara (Nutrition 2021) presented their scientific theme entitled “Calcined Eggshell Activation Using NaOH for the Anode of Yeast Microbial Fuel Cells.” They proposed an effective method for determining glucose content in sweet drinks to help people with diabetes.

The event attracted participants from universities, research institutions, individuals, and companies from around the world, with 25 countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Romania, Taiwan, and China.

“We are very excited and proud to participate in this event. We have seen unique and innovative ideas from various countries, which has inspired us to innovate and conduct further research,” said Bryant Andhika Prayoga, a student at UNDIP in the International Chemistry program.

“We hope this competition can motivate us to continue innovating and researching, and we encourage younger students who aspire to compete and enhance their competitive spirit both nationally and internationally. Beyond gaining insights and experiences, it also expands our international network,” Bryant added.

According to Bryant, the essence of participating in this competition is to generate new breakthroughs or discoveries that advance research and technology to solve real-world problems and foster a competitive and innovative environment.

The UNDIP delegation secured second place, surpassing hundreds of participants from 25 countries. The announcement was made by the event organizer on Saturday, July 08, 2023. “Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God), we are very happy and grateful to represent our campus and Indonesia. We are thankful to all our friends who supported us,” said Bryant, one of the participants. The achievement, according to Bryant, exceeded their expectations.

Reflecting on their experience during the competition, Bryant and the team emphasized the importance of collaboration, particularly in technological research. They highlighted that multidisciplinary knowledge is crucial to produce works that have a broader range of benefits. “Finding team partners who are on the same wavelength is essential for establishing effective cooperation. Teamwork is the key, especially when competing at an international level. Passion is also crucial in driving the innovation process forward,” they added.

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