HCT Students Showcase Innovative Solutions at GITEX 2016

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From mosque-locating Apps, online grocery shopping and bus tracking systems, to drones, amphibious vehicles and can crushing machines students at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) have showcased how they have embraced technology within their learning, as 25 student-created projects went on display at the HCT’s GITEX 2016 stand.

The HCT stand featured a series of pods where a wide array of start-up and existing student projects were demonstrated by the students in the pavilion dedicated to GITEX SME World 2016. The 25 student and alumni projects that reflect innovative ideas providing solutions to problems, as well as smart applications promoting the development of electronic services in many sectors.

HE Mohammed Omran Al Shamsi, HCT Chancellor, visited the HCT booth and affirmed HCT’s keenness to participate in major events and exhibitions in the UAE, such as the GITEX where a large number of institutions and industries compete to display their latest technologies and innovations.

HE pointed out that this exhibition provides an opportunity for HCT to introduce its programs and outputs. HCT students also benefit from familiarizing themselves with the latest local and international technologies, so as to enhance their knowledge and experiences, especially those in which HCT focuses on, including Computer Information Science specializations, in order to help students to innovate and present innovative projects and ideas.

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Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT Vice Chancellor, expressed his pleasure at HCT’s participation in GITEX 2016, which reflects the keenness of each institution and company to showcase its innovations. This supports the UAE initiative of establishing smart cities by encouraging all institutions and sectors to provide smart services and innovations that make people’s lives easier and happier.

He also pointed out that HCT has many plans for supporting the innovation environment at the level of faculty, staff and students, including establishing innovation centers and promoting entrepreneurship so that the HCT will be an incubator for adopting students’ ideas and transforming them into projects with social and economic feasibility.

Some of the other HCT student projects included an ‘iControl’ eye movement tracking system for incapacitated users, Energy Efficient Electric and Diesel Cars which have competed in the international Shell Eco Marathon, a liquid filling and packaging machine and a ‘Stay Alive’ Children’s Swimming Monitor.

The HCT displays included a number of Mobile Apps developed for commercial and personal use by the Computer Information Science students. These included a Smart Entry Systems App, which greets customers as they enter a building and sends them to the department or office they require, and a Smart Court App which enables users to follow the status of their case via their mobile phones.

Other Apps included a Radio Frequency Identification App, which can be used for management of stock and inventory control, a tourism and information App, a volunteering App, the Be Safe Mobile App which raises awareness about safe driving in the UAE and an App which enables users to obtain up-to-date advice on the status of building projects.