Innovators Get Creative at SJW Innovation Challenge

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To promote innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit at the Higher Colleges of Technology-Sharjah Women’s campus’s (SJW) Shoumoukh and Tomouh clubs have been working together with the Business and General Studies Faculties to host the bi-annual Innovation Challenge.

At the beginning of the fall semester, students studying the BUS 2403 & LSS 2403 courses and the wider student community at SJW were informed about the Innovation Challenge to be held in November 2017.

Over 50 innovative ideas were presented in class, and the top groups were selected to participate in the challenge. These groups were then assigned presentation coaches who worked with the teams to ensure they had the enhanced knowledge, confidence and skills to present their ideas to a panel of judges.

The students, faculty, and coaches worked extremely hard to produce a superb Innovation Challenge.  The ideas were novel and well-executed, while the presentations were of an excellent, professional standard.


On November 23, the event was launched by Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashmi, SJW Director, who encouraged the students to work hard and pursue their dreams. HCT’s Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Saif Almheiri, also attended the event.

Dr. Saeed Alhassan, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Khalifa University of Science & Technology, was the guest speaker who spoke about his exciting project of extracting water from the atmosphere without the use of energy. He encouraged students to innovate and become entrepreneurs.

The college also welcomed Amal Jasim Habash, Deputy Manager of Commercial Affairs at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and her team, as well as a team from Sharjah Economic Development Department.

Three alumni also participated as judges – Mariam Al Qassab, Chairman’s Office Manager at Sharjah Book Authority, Mashayel Abdulla Ali Bin Sarm Al Ali and Fatima Obaid Musabeh Obaid Alteneiji all enjoyed acting as judges to select the winners in the Innovation Exhibition.

The winning teams were:

  • Steps for the disabled – 1st Place
  • Sensor-Based Rug – 2nd Place
  • Safe Gain – 3rd Place

This competition also introduced winners in three new categories – Most Innovative, Most Impactful and the Best application. The winners of those categories were, respectively:

  • My Voice -Most Innovative
  • Magical Stairs – Most Impactful
  • Bite of Goodness – Best Application




Visiting guest from the Sharjah Economic Development Department have invited a number of student’s projects to be exhibited in the Sharjah Innovation Expo in December. The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce have also invited students to apply for their Toumouh license which enables small businesses to operate. This is a proud moment for Sharjah Women’s Campus. We look forward to February decreed as the Month of Innovation by H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.


If you would like to know more about innovation at Sharjah Women’s or get involved in the Sharjah Innovation Expo please email







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