Monday, July 29, 2013

StarHub Challenge 2013.

Ready to showcase your ideas and walk away with attractive rewards?

Follow me as I take you through our team's journey for our first event - StarHub Business Challenge 2013!!! It was filled with fun, joy, laughter, and loads of fantastic ideas!

To start off, we picked our respective ICs for this event. Henrietta was the Overall IC, Jing Yang took care of logistic, Emilia handled the A&P, and lastly, Jia Hui took care of Finance. The planning stage started on 24th June 2013.


Week 1-2.
The team started with a site recce to get an overviw of the venue. This helped us with the planning of the seating arrangement and flow of people.

Site Recce:

After the recce, we mapped out a timeline as a guide to remind us of important event milestone and deadlines.

We needed an emcee thus, a "casting call" was arranged. Students from various TEP centers signed up to audition for the role of emcee.

Audition for Emcees:

Supervisors getting ready for the emcee audition
After rounds of audition, Emilia from EMRS Team 2 and Darshen from Cheers were selected for the event.
Week 3 - 4
After meeting the StarHub representatives, we had a draft programmes. So we began rehearsals with the help of members from Team 3.

Mr Sudesh working closely with the emcees to fine tune their scripts.
We went through several rehearsals working through quite a few changes before reaching an idealised programmes on the day. Phew! *Achievement unlocked* =D
Actual Day, 19 July 2013.
We had a final rehearsal in the morning just to ensure that everything went well. We set up the event venue.
Set-up of the event venue:

As the starting time is drawing closer, our people getting ready in their respective roles:

All members ready to carry out their roles.

Nizam & Nevin ensuring all the presentation slides are uploaded in the computer.
Judges for the StarHub Challenge:

Mr. Chan Lee Mun & the Distinguished Judges

Presentation Time!
Time is 1.30pm and we are all ready to start the event! Emcees begin by welcoming all Distinguised Judges, Guests and student supporters followed by playing a short StarHub video and an opening speech by Mr. Tan Tong Hai (CEO/Executive Director of StarHub).
Mr. Tan Tong Hai giving his speech.
The emcees explained the format of the competition and the judging criteria to the audience, we were all ready to KICKOFF this competition!
Snippets of the teams presenting their ideas

The Judges listening to the teams' ideas attentively.
We had a total of 5 finalists, which were Team Redux, Team Synergy. Team Think Unique, Team FABT and Team EDC. Each team had 20 mins to present their take followed by a 3 mins Q&A session with the judges.

Ms. Jeanie Ong questioning one of the teams.
And of course, to keep the audience entertained between the transitions from group to group, we had a mini pop quiz. Questions related to StarHub were asked and prizes were given out!
Happy audience receiving the prizes sponsored by StarHub!
After all pop quiz questions have been answered; it was time for the last team to present.

Team EDC!
With Team EDC ending off the Q&A session with the judges, it marked the end of the presentation by all 5 teams.

Judges heading to seminar room 2 to have their deliberations on the winner!
While the judges were cracking their brains to decide whose ideas was the best......

Refreshments for the audience! YAY!
After about 10-15 mins of discussion, the results were tabulated. Then the judges emerged from seminar room 2 to have some refreshments and network.

Mr. Tan Tong Hai (CEO & Executive Director of StarHub) mingling with his staff.
Before the announcement of final results, Mr. Chan Lee Mun (Principal/ CEO NYP) took some times off from his busy schedule to join the event. It was a pleasure to have that afternoon.

The final results:
After weeks of brainstorming and preparation by the 5 finalists it was time to announce the winner of this challenge! Each team has provided precious information or has given their honest opinions on ways possible for StarHub to garner more youth customers. Cheers to that~ But unfortunately, it wouldn't be called a competition without one team being crowned the winner. So let us reveal the winner of StarHub Business Challenge 2013...

3rd prize winner -  Team Synergy!
2nd prize winner - Team EDC!

The winner of the challenge, TEAM REDUX!
Congratulations to Team Redux! The team managed to showcase their ideas with confidence and wowed the judges with their innovative presentations complete with interactive slides. The originality of their concept, and interesting demos eventually won the day and $3000!!!!!!!

And finally, ending the event with a photo of the Judges & the top 5 teams. =D
And not forgetting Team FABT and Team Think Unique who were awarded the Commendation Award!
In conclusion, the event went well despite the small little hiccups. The organizing team had fun and is proud to have had the opportunity to plan and execute the event. It was an extraordinary experience and through this, we had an insight of event planning and we much appreciated the attention required to small details to make for a successful event.

Monday, July 1, 2013


A team building activity was organized for the EMRS students on the 27th June 2013 1pm – 5pm at the Sports Hall. The purpose of this event is to allow the current batch of EMRS students and the new batch of EMRS to bond together.

The overall ICs for this event were Shawn, Justina and Anita and we have to plan several games which would bond the EMRS students and also consider the restrictions due to the haze. Finally we came out with a mathematics amazing race. Shawn came up with the name of this event ‘Matheletic’, which is a combination of ‘Mathematics’ and ‘Athletics’. A few days before the event, the team carried out an inspection of the venue to draft out a floor plan in order to plan the route for each team.

On the actual day of the event, the students reached the indoor Sports Hall punctually. They were split into teams of 6 or 7. There was a warm up game for them – Double Whacko. After the warm up game, the teams proceeded with their respective routes.

Shawn grouping them
Team members mingling
Gavin (one of the station masters) giving instructions on the game ‘double whacko’.
Charlene getting  ‘whacko-ed’!

Rubber band Relay
Rubber band comes to me ...

Shi You: Guess I have to bend down

 Quiz Station
Teams gathered at the Quiz Station

Shawn, the station master, sitting like a boss! (but he is really the boss of this game station…)

Drawing Relay Game
Guess what this is??

Straw Tower
Team members brainstorming on how to build a tower with the limited resources provided.

Teams attempting to build their tower (as high as possible)

One of the completed towers 

Hula Hoop Pass
Trying out the Hula Hoop (The last person has to hula hoop 10 times)

Game in Process

Dog and Bone

Team members deciding on their numbers
The bone of the game
Let the battle begin! 

Every team came out with the equation quite fast which was quite unexpected for the ICs.

Equation from two teams

The amazing race race ended earlier than expected and hence the supervisors grouped us to play captain ball. The EMRS students (include the OICs and station masters) were split into 3 teams. Every match was quite intense and we ended up with a draw.
In conclusion, the event was quite successful. The students were quite participative and they got to know one another better. Cheers to everyone!! :D