Kuala Lumpur , 1 October 2012 - A hundred minutes – just under two hours - may not seem like a long time, but for many, it is all they need to make a difference. Global technology company Ricoh wants Malaysians to tell others just what they would do in these 100 minutes to make a difference.
Held in conjunction with the launch of their Aficio SP 100e series black & white printer, Ricoh launched their ‘Make A Change In 100 Minutes' comic contest today, combining the popular medium of comic books with the good intentions of Malaysians. This contest will run from 1 October to 9 December 2012 and is open to all Malaysians aged 16 and above.
To take part in this contest, participants are required to produce a comic strip detailing just how they would make a difference in 100 minutes, utilizing their own drawing style. Each entry must follow the theme of ‘Make A Change In 100 Minutes'. The comic must be a minimum of 10 comic panels in a single A4 page, must be in black & white and is required to be an original idea.
Participants are then required to submit their comic strip to the RICOH MALAYSIA (Official) Facebook Page by 31 October 2012. Technical details on submissions are listed on Ricoh's Facebook page. Between 1 - 15 November 2012 the top 100 finalists receiving the most “Likes” from the public and Ricoh will proceed to the grand finale where their works will be displayed.
“When we launched the SP 100e series recently, we were inspired to come out with the Make A Change In 100 Minutes comic contest. As we believe that Malaysians are very innovative and creative, we would love them to express their thoughts about change while standing a chance to win big prizes,” commented Peter Wee, Chief Operating Officer of Ricoh Malaysia Sdn Bhd. “This is in line with Ricoh's new brand tagline ‘imagine.change'.”
“Ricoh is moving forward with new thinking and new ways of improving lives, be it for large corporations, small businesses or home users, by making their work processes simpler and more effective. We are committed to helping our customers embrace these changes through innovation, by combining people, process, and technology to build information infrastructure that will enhance the quality of operational workflow. We are also looking at the lighter side of things by devising interesting and exciting activities to bring out the inherent creativity and innovation of the Malaysian public,” he added.
Comic strips that make it to the finale will undergo another voting session, where they will be judged by the public and a special guest judge. Prizes are impressive: The winner for the comic contest will walk away with RM 5,000 cash and an SP 100 SF e (print, scan, fax and photocopy functions), while the 1 st runner up and 2 nd runner up will take home RM 3,000 with an SP 100 SU e (print, copy and scan functions) and RM 1,500 with an SP 100 e (print function) respectively.
“At RICOH, we believe in creativity and innovation. These two elements are very important to drive a person to change something in life. Thus, we encourage the public to take up this challenge and submit their entry – we would like Malaysians to share with us what ‘change' means to them,” Wee added.