SJW Celebrates Student-Led Innovation at Inaugural Innovation Challenge 2018

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The Higher Colleges of Technology, Sharjah Women’s campus (SJW) hosted a hugely successful Inaugural Innovation Challenge 2018, aimed at promoting culture of innovation and supporting mechanisms for student entrepreneurship initiatives, which attracted a wide range of student-created entrepreneurial concepts.

The SJW Inaugural Innovation Challenge celebrated the Month of Innovation and the Year of  Zayed in the United Arab Emirates.


Over 40 innovative ideas were presented in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship course, with the top five teams being selected to participate in the challenge. Two additional teams were selected from a pool of innovative ideas submitted through a form online by students across different divisions on campus.


IMG_6854SJW Director Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashmi opened the event with inspiring words of encouragement towards students’ creativity and innovation.

Ms. Priscilla VanAngel was the guest speaker, who focused on innovative means in preserving wildlife environment in the UAE. The second guest speaker, Ms. Desiree Vlekken Founder and CEO of 4get-me-not organization, delivered a speech on raising awareness of Alzheimer in the UAE. 4get-me-not is the first social enterprise operational in this field in the UAE.




The event included providing information on the Emirates Mars Mission, an important and prestigious mission taking place in the history of the UAE.

The winning teams were:

1st Place – Student Information Kiosk

2nd Place – Co2 Detector

3rd Place – AGIS Irrigation System

The three winning teams have been invited to participate in the forthcoming system-wide Final HCT Innovation Challenge to be held in April 2018, at SJW. This final event will involve innovators coming from campuses across HCT to pitch their innovative ideas in front of a panel of external judges.

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SJW Director, Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashmi with students from the 1st Place winner – the Student Information Kiosk Project



SJW Director, Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashmi with students from the 2nd Place winner – the CO2 Detector Project



SJW Director, Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashmi with a student from the 3rd Place winner – the AGIS Irrigation System