SJW Celebrates Students’ Ingenuity at Autumn 2018 Innovation Challenge

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The HCT-Sharjah Women’s campus (SJW) hosted the Autumn 2018 Innovation Challenge to showcase students’ creativity and innovative approaches to real-world issues.

The challenge was organized by the Faculty of Business, in collaboration with the General Studies Department, and aimed at promoting a culture of innovation to help nurture the talents of the next generation.

Twenty-seven teams have been working on different innovations since the beginning of the semester, and through an preliminary intra-campus competition, faculty members across sections have selected the top 13 teams to participate at the challenge. The 14 teams not been selected to pitch at the competition still contributed to the event by displaying their projects, with the best three projects being recognized for their endeavors with certificates.

Dr. Ged Ryan, SJW Senior Manager, opened the event with motivating words of encouragement towards students’ creativity and innovation and HCT’s broader goals which work towards serving the National Strategy for Innovation.

The 2018 Innovation Challenge Judging Committee was made up of Mr. Ali Farhat, Chair of Sharjah campuses’ Innovation Committee, Dr. David Carter, Manager in Academic Services and Advising, Dr. Roberta Fenech, Business faculty member, and Dr. Lawal Yesufu, Business faculty member and Sharjah campuses’ Innovation Committee member.

The winning teams were:

  • 1st place – Drowning Savior
  • 2nd place – Smart Safety Lock
  • 3rd place – Travel Smart Tag

The winning team was made up of Fatima Mohamed Saleh Abdalla Alyafaei, Ameera Abdulla Saroor Bin Ofai, Alia Abdulla Juma Muftah Alhamidh, Fatima Mohammed Rashed Alghumlasi Alshamsi and Hamdah Mohamed Salem Ali Aldahmani.

The 2nd place team was made up of Amna Ahmed Omran Binfalah Almansoori, Mhaba Omar Mohamed Obaid Aljarwan, Amna Abdalla Nasir Hilal Al Maazmi and Aisha Abdulrahman Ali Binjerais Al Aleeli.

The 3rd place team was made up of Rehab Jasim Robari, Shama Salim Al Ali, Maitha Yaqoub Obaid Ghabish Yaqoub, Amna Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamed Alsayegh and Mariam Abdallah Mohamed Ali Almaazmi.

The three best exhibited projects announced were Smart Printer, Shoot Addiction and Hygienic Foldable Trolley.

The three winning teams are now eligible to participate at the up-coming, system-wide 2nd HCT Ibtikar Competition, to be held in 2019.

This 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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