Power Smart teams wades through campus to promote contest
September 27, 2008 by David Pires
Angela MacDonaldâ€™s sales pitch doesnâ€™t get any simpler than that.
MacDonald, a member of BC Hydroâ€™s Power Smart team, was roaming Kwantlenâ€™s Richmond campus in blue and orange scuba gear on Wednesday promoting Invent the Future, a new online contest that pays you for your energy conservation ideas.
â€œWeâ€™re here trying to convince people to enter their videos and their essays, and weâ€™re trying to promote conservation,â€ she said, â€œbecause our energy demands are going up 45 per cent by 2020 and our infrastructure is about 50 years old.â€
Invent the Future gives B.C. students a shot at a top prize of $2,500 in exchange for a 1,000-word essay or 30- to 60-second video detailing their energy conservation idea.
The goal, according to BC Hydro, is to find ideas that foster energy conservation or discover a “new technology or innovative practice” resulting in increased efficiency.
The contest, open to individuals or teams, ages 13-29, has a second prize of $1,000 and an iPod Touch for the peopleâ€™s choice in each category.
Anyone can vote for their favorite entry online until Nov. 4, and simply for registering, voters are entered into a draw for four iPod Nanoâ€™s.
The deadline for entries is Oct. 31, and more information is available online at www.inventthefuture.ca.