Samsung Russia has chosen the winners of the «7Ya» contest

Samsung Electronics Russia and Academy of Successful Generation summed up the results of the EcoLogic contest «7Ya» for the Russian schoolchildren of the 5th-6th grades, which is dedicated to the concept of UpCycling — reuse of unnecessary things.

Organized together with the project «Academy of Successful Generation» of the Academy of Education of Russia «7Ya» became another Samsung project aimed at forming ecological consciousness and reduction of human negative influence on the environment.

For the first time Samsung addressed the younger school audience — 5th and 6th graders. The participants were invited together with their parents to watch the video course «Galaxy Upcycling — the new life of an old smartphone», which tells about the ways to use an old gadget in a new quality. Then the teams were to develop their own device reuse project and to record a video presentation.

The contest took place from December 2021 to January 2022. During this time the organizers selected for the final 20 works of the participants from 16 regions of Russia: Altai Krai, Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, Kemerovo region, Leningrad region, Moscow region, Nizhny Novgorod region, Novosibirsk region, Penza region, Primorsky Krai, Republic of Dagestan, Republic of Khakassia, Samara region, Sverdlovsk region, Udmurtia Republic, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District and Chuvash Republic.

The jury, which included representatives from the Samsung R&D Institute Russia and the Academy of Successful Generation, selected the best projects in two categories: «Best Eco Initiative» and «Best Eco Implementation». Many of the concepts were surprisingly creative, practical and well-thought from an engineering point of view.

Winners in the category Best Eco Initiative

In the nomination the novelty of ideas for reusing smartphones was evaluated.

1st place«Kind smartphone — BusyPhone» — Timofey Lyakhov, Evgeniya Lyakhova, Angelina Kozlova — Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug — Yugra, Fedorovsky settlement.

The project is a toy in the form of Rubik’s cube with several sides of the cube containing entertaining games for kids and one side with a built-in smartphone. This helps the child alternate games on the phone with other developmental activities.

2nd place«A night light for my brother» — Ilya Sokolov, Nadezhda Sokolova — Moscow region, Krasnogorsk.

Created from used packaging, the night light is illuminated by a smartphone flashlight placed inside. This allows you to remotely turn on and off music and alarm clock, as well as sound the current time, so that the child would be more comfortable to fall asleep and wake up.

3rd place«Let there be light! Or the Second Life of Mobile Batteries» — Tazhudin Kasumov, Aida Kasumova — Republic of Dagestan, Derbent.

Old cell phone batteries are used as solar energy storage devices, which will be useful for areas without centralized electrification. The device can also be a source of energy for other USB devices.

Best Eco Implementation category

The nomination judged the implementation of well-known eco-ideas and the engineering quality of the projects.

1st place«Google Cardboard + Smartphone» — Mikhail Kostyrin, Galina Kostyrina — Kemerovo region, Kuzbass, Karagailinsky settlement.

With the help of home found materials smartphone turns into a virtual reality helmet.

2nd place«Photo Frame» — Kira Shibakova, Nadezhda Shibakova, Vitaly Serarev — Leningrad region, Slantsy district, v. Staropolye.

3D-printed frame with a smartphone placed inside turns an old gadget into a digital photo frame.

3rd place«Soldering station with smart microscope» — Nikita Tsyss, Evgenia Tsyss — Novosibirsk.

An old smartphone is transformed into a microscope soldering station with photo and video capabilities, as well as an additional compartment for storing parts and tin for soldering.

The winners and contestants will receive diplomas, certificates of participation and souvenirs.

In recent years, the concept of Upcycling has become widespread in the world. It is based on the ideas of smart consumption and respect for nature by reusing old things in a new quality. The Galaxy Upcycling video course was created as part of Samsung Innovation Campus, a global social and educational program launched as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative Enabling People.

«Educating the younger generation through access to current practices in technology and the environment is one of Samsung’s priorities. We thank everyone who took part in the contest and hope that such initiatives will attract additional attention of young people to the issues of ecology and rational consumption. We will continue to actively develop the Galaxy Upcycling project within the framework of the global Samsung Innovation Campus program aimed at supporting young talents in the field of technologies. Watch for new videos with examples of how else to give a second life to old smartphones,» commented Sergey Pevnev, Director of Corporate Projects and Government Relations at Samsung Electronics Headquarters in the CIS.

In 2021, Samsung Innovation Campus program became a laureate in the Education and Human Resources category of the Runet Prize 2021 national award and won first place in the Leaders of the Future category of the All-Russian contest of the best practices in the socio-humanitarian sphere «Creating the Future».

The Galaxy Upcycling video course was prepared by the specialists of the SRR, opened in Moscow in 1993. Over 300 highly qualified experts from the center are engaged in the development of advanced technologies for Samsung devices, conduct internship programs, and participate in the development of training courses for schoolchildren and students.