Three President University students namely Muhammad Haekal Nizar Bahari (Environmental Engineering 2017), Muhammad Argo Wicaksana (Management 2017), and Kevin Mulia Christian (Environmental Engineering 2017) are establishing a business, Olahaja, for creating smart waste bins- a sophisticated trash bin that will encourage its users to manage waste properly.
This business plan has won a 15 million Indonesian Student Management Business Activity (KBMI) grant from the Directorate of Learning and Student Affairs, Directorate General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia.
The smart trash bin will come with a touchless sensor that is equipped with Internet of Things (IoT) technology so that it can detect the amount of waste that has been disposed of, also how much waste has been recycled, as well as other information about recycling.
Their journey began in 2019 with the establishment of Bujur.co, a movement that aims to educate people about the importance of protecting the environment through waste management,. After carrying out their mission of raising awareness online and offline, the students developed the idea into the business which was guided by Setsail BizAccel, President University’s business incubator.
They have plans to develop their business in an integrated waste management sector that can reach households, commercial buildings, and large factories.
One of the students, Muhammad Haekal Nizar Bahari said, “We will strive to develop this product innovatively. Combining it with technology, such as AI or robots, we hope people can be more enthusiastic and have a different experience when managing waste.”
The young entrepreneurs are targeting the beta version of this smart trash to be launched by next year.