Discover the exciting ideas that triumphed at the final stage of Challenge 22's second cycle.
People from across the Arab region responded to our call for innovations that could enhance the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ – and change the world.
The winning teams received a USD 15,000 cash prize, and their ideas will now enjoy expert input and up to USD 100,000 in additional funding to develop them to the proof of concept stage.
The winners were:
Challenge: Tourism experience
Bonocle is a next-generation assistive technology that will allow the visually impaired to co-exist in our classrooms and workplaces while enjoying similar, if not the same, access to digital content. Bonocle utilises the medium of braille to provide users with unprecedented accessibility to a wide array of electronic devices while maintaining a user-friendly and natural reading experience.Team members
Abdelrazek Aly is chief executive officer at Bonocle. With a background in computer science and broad experience in technical and commercial aspects of product development, Abdelrazek has led several teams in creating apps and products.
Ramy Abdulzaher is chief financial officer at Bonocle. He has experience in mechanical engineering and has worked on developing several products, assuming responsibility for their financial requirements.
Mahmoud Eltouny is chief marketing officer at Bonocle and has a background in electrical engineering. At Bonocle, he has used his extremely well-developed social skills and understanding of the public community to deliver successful marketing campaigns.
Kariem Fahmi is chief technology officer at Bonocle. With expertise in computer science, Kariem has been in several positions where he was given responsibility for leading technical initiatives. He is now endeavouring to make Bonocle an effective and technically viable product.
Challenge: Internet of Things
Eila is a chatbot that allows businesses to sell their products over Facebook Messenger. For events like the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, Eila will automate concession sales. Attendees will be able to order food, drinks or even merchandise right to their seats.
The transaction is initiated when fans scan a code on the seat in front them from within Facebook Messenger. They start chatting with Eila to view the menu of all available concessions and go through the process of ordering and paying. When an order is initiated, the concessionaires will be notified of the exact seat number and order details. They will then provide in-seat delivery, ensuring that the fans enjoy 100% of the live action.
As the entire system is operated within Facebook Messenger, it will offer a truly seamless experience, with no downloads, registration or new interfaces to learn. The entire process will be hosted on a dedicated Facebook page and completely powered by Eila.
Samer Tarazi is driven by disrupting industries and is a product manager with a soft spot for crisp, clean design.
ELPALM is a new concept for a wind turbine (VAWT) that spins on a vertical axis to convert the wind's kinetic energy to electrical power using an electric generator. This innovative solution aims to solve the following issues:
• Increasing energy demand due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ and accelerated urban development in Qatar.
• The potential for visitors from cooler climates to feel discomfort when visiting the Middle East, which limits their conception of the region's walkability and negatively impacts the tourism experience.
ELPALM is a shading wind turbine that will generate green electricity. It will provide solar shading and public lighting. Visitors will be able to sit under ELPALM and charge their phones using a USB port or induction charging. It will also be able to integrate other smart features, such as: Wi-Fi hotspot, speakers, IP surveillance camera, cool water pulverising and adverting support.
Mohammed Haouach has a PhD in visual data mining applied to hi-tech solutions. He is the co-founder of AddLog, a 3D computing and software engineering company.
Mohammed Zakaryae Rahhali is an environmental and design engineer, with ten years of experience in the environment and urban infrastructure sector. He also founded Sama Concept, a design company.
Challenge: Internet of Things
Fallound gathers audio recordings (podcasts) from across the internet and makes them available to users, tailored to their preferences.
Fallound summarises long podcasts into user-requested timeframes, using the same tonality and rhythm as the original voice recording. For example, a one-hour podcast could be summarised into a 20-minute audio recording.
To make the platform even more driving-friendly, Fallound has developed voice commands which adapt and learn from users' voices. Fallound relies on supervised machine learning and on several summarisation APIs, which allows it to proactively learn from users' behavior and provide them with content that is tailored to their own preferences.
In the context of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, drivers would be able to follow the matches. They will be able to get tailored updates on their favourite teams and keep track of the game score and the commentators' live broadcasts in real time.
In short, Fallound is a personalised radio which is controlled hands-free using top-notch voice recognition.
Stefano Fallaha was listed by Executive Magazine as one of the Top 20 Entrepreneurs in Lebanon in 2015. He has delivered two TED talks regarding his journey as a young entrepreneur. His work has attracted press attention from across the world and he was featured on the cover of Arabian Business Magazine.
Roy Naufal was nominated for the Top Arab Coder award in the MENA region for the year of 2013 and for the Top Lebanese Coder award twice, in 2012 and 2014. He started programming at 13 and created his first professional website at 17. He has previously founded two startups related to events and management.
Challenge: Tourism experience
The Friendture platform lets travellers and expatriates discover what is happening, based on their interests and location. The platform offers management tools for users to create and organise their activities and events in a few steps, giving them the opportunity to create new communities and engage with others who have similar interests.
The platform will include a number of other features as well, including the ability to purchase tickets online, the ability to set budgets and share costs, and a chat system that deactivates after the outing, so users are not held hostage in a group chat. With one touch, users will be able to download photo albums, and will be able to avail themselves of offers from vendors through a point system-based loyalty programme.
Zaid Eriqat is passionate about programming and AI. He came third in a NASA Global Tech competition in Jordan.
Mohammad Mawali is a senior backend engineer with eight years' experience in development. He has worked with eight startups, from the initial idea to the production phase.
A major issue with agriculture in the GCC is retaining moisture in calcareous limestone and gypsum soils. "Moistchar" biochars will be developed from biomass wastes, including food waste, to produce cost-effective carbon-rich soil amendments.
The biochar will be designed to enhance properties of the soil, such as texture, water and nutrient retention and organic soil matter, while sequestering carbon emissions and recycling waste.
Moistchar will be a unique, locally-derived product finely attuned to the needs of the local limestone and calcareous sandy soils, thus filling a market gap. The development of the product will entail optimisation of feedstock, pyrolysis conditions and material functionalisation to produce tailored biochar properties, maximising efficiency in horticultural applications and landscaping activities ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.
Professor Gordon McKay has expertise in plant design, pyrolysis, materials analysis and waste management, and has led his own engineering consulting firm.
Dr Hanan Ali is a senior researcher at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce and an expert in soil science. She previously worked in the Qatar National Food Security Programme (QNFSP) and as a faculty member at the University of Gezira.
Dr Tareq Al Ansari is a mechanical engineer and professor with expertise in the water-energy-food nexus and systems optimisation. He has also worked for the QNFSP.
Dr Hamish Mackey is a civil engineer and professor with experience in waste management and water resources.
Palm-engineered composite (PEC) is a renewable material 90% made of renewable palm branches. The branches are removed every six months in palm trees across the Middle East. They represent the Middle East's second- largest resource, and the first non-fossil, sustainable and renewable resource from the region.
PEC will be a 100% recyclable material. It is environmentally friendly and requires up to 60% less fossil fuels to produce than fiberglass, plastic and metals. The material can be used in stadium seating, active solar shading solutions and elsewhere during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.
Fedy Benjereb holds a master's degree in composite engineering and processing from INSA Strasbourg in France (National Institute of Applied Sciences) and a master's degree in advanced mechanical engineering and technology from the Louis Pasteur University in France. He worked for four years as project innovation manager at the SIM Group and has been a senior project manager since 2013.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) delivers amazing every day – to 2022 and beyond. To do so and to honour our commitment to Qatar and the Middle East, we believe in the necessity of a clear and defined vision, a mission to work towards and five enduring values.
Challenge: Internet of Things
Synaplexus deploys a network of smart cameras to enhance crowd management. Each camera will run deep learning algorithms (a class of machine learning algorithms that achieves better predictive performance) to analyse the crowd and detect or predict certain behaviours. These include:
• Trip-wire detection
• Loitering detection
• Unattended object detection
• Congestion detection
• Brawling detection
This product solves the problems of cloud-based analytics systems, namely latency and bandwidth utilisation, through:
• Running video analytics on the camera in real-time, instead of the cloud, thus avoiding latency of transmission and queueing in the cloud.
• Transmitting only the video feed bounding the detected event instead of continuous video transmission to the cloud control centre to avoid network congestion.
Each camera will integrate a powerful GPU to achieve real-time analytics performance, an encryption engine and an LTE modem. The network of smart cameras will share metadata of the scene (through the LTE network) to help in recognition and prediction of events.
The transmitted video feeds and the shared metadata will be transmitted securely using transport layer security (TLS or SSL) to prevent attackers and third parties from monitoring network traffic.
Ahmed Khalil has over 18 years of experience in the wireless communications domain, which included designing and developing system software for mobile handsets for various multinational companies in Cairo, Egypt and Munich, Germany. Ahmed was also a senior manager at the Atmel Corp subsidiary of Microchip.
Ahmed Ezzat has eight years of experience in embedded systems development. He is an expert in IPv4 and IPv6 embedded design as well as TLS cipher suites. His designs have been deployed in devices used in commercial internet of things products such as Amazon's Dash Button and Garmin's forerunner fitness band.
An innovative, locally designed and researched walkable photovoltaic tile (PVTopia) will provide increased efficiency by utilising concentrated solar module technology in a convex frame, along with innovative cooling techniques.
Made from commercially available components and the recycling of hardly degradable materials, PVTopia maximises the environmental benefits of solar-based systems. The tiles are designed to be easily installed and disassembled. They do not require special infrastructure other than that which is available for typical concrete tiles.
In addition to applications related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, PVTopia will have broad applications in refugee camps and other underprivileged areas in the Middle East.
Azza Fayad is an electrical engineering student who has won notable prizes in international sustainability competitions.
Dr Islam Azmy Gowaid was granted a PhD in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Strathclyde, UK in early 2017. He has six years' research experience and a strong publication record on renewable energy topics.
Mohammed AlGammal holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and over 14 years' experience in industrial design and product development, winning two international automotive design competitions. He has twice been accepted for the Qatar Science & Technology Park accelerator programme and he has been granted two US patents.
Ahmed Abd El-Kader is studying for an MSc in mechanical engineering and has held key roles in several technical communities and conferences.
Muhammad Rashad Elserougy is also pursuing an MSc degree in mechanical engineering and is the cofounder of a number of startup companies in Egypt.
SnapGoal is an innovative mobile app targeting football fans in the Arab world. The app will allow football fans to receive videos of goals scored by their favourite teams as quickly as possible.
The app will eliminate common pain points for football fans in the region:
• Time limitations, as each match requires two hours of viewing time
• Time zone differences, where some matches are played during work hours or late at night
• The difficulty of following multiple teams
SnapGoal is focused on the delivery of one superior feature done better than anyone else. It will include fast and reliable delivery of goal videos, content in Arabic and personalisation to meet fans' needs.
Mohammed Kilany is a Palestinian social entrepreneur who holds a BA in IT and an MBA. In addition to being the CEO and founder of SnapGoal, he is the founder of Sabbar (a crowdfunding platform to tell stories via videos).
Hasan Odeh is an entrepreneur with experience in sales, marketing and project management. He joined the SnapGoal team in 2015 as the marketing co-founder.
Mohammed Barhoush is a Palestinian developer and software engineer who is passionate about creating technological solutions and is the chief technology officer for SnapGoal.
Details on the finalists' ideas are below.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) delivers amazing every day – to 2022 and beyond. To do so and to honour our commitment to Qatar and the Middle East, we believe in the necessity of a clear and defined vision, a mission to work towards and five enduring values.
The word Almokawled is an abbreviation of an Arabic sentence that means 'air conditioning that generates electricity'. It is a device that absorbs ambient heat to cool the air and convert it into electricity. It is an economical and eco-friendly solution. When used on a large scale, it will reduce global warming.
The idea behind the device is the insertion of an air cooling cycle inside a turbine power generation cycle (the Rankine cycle, like that used in power plants).
The idea is already proven theoretically. A prototype is now under development which will demonstrate proof of the concept and show the efficacy of the cooling and the amount of the electricity produced.
Dr Mahmoud Tharwat has a strong interest in power engineering and he studied on a thermodynamics course to develop his ideas, as well as taking courses on marketing and business planning.
Othman Hassan is an assistant professor the Mechanical Engineering Department at Assiut University, Egypt. He has a PhD from Concordia University, Canada and works on developing clean power management solutions.
The earth's temperature is increasing dramatically due to global warming and gas emissions.
This solution aims to reduce gas emissions by creating a new organic paint which will be used as a catalyst to activate the oxidation reaction of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and carbon monoxide (CO) gases. The paint will also improve the thermal insulation of walls by reducing thermal conductivity to less than .2 watts per metre-kelvin (W/mK).
The paint will have broad applications in the many venues and other infrastructure projects being built for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.
Engineer Mahmoud Rababah is a mechanical engineer and has been published on the topic of materials insulations. He also produced a novel insulation material from recycled materials.
Engineer Khaldoon Alashi is a chemical engineer with six years' experience in petrochemical consultations and has produced a novel catalyst for water filtration.
Engineer Abdulhadi Alhajiri is a mechanical engineer in the Kuwait Oil Company and a member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers and Kuwait Renewable Energy. He was also a presenter at the 19th Gulf Engineering Conference.
Recovering just half of the food that is lost or wasted could feed the world alone. It's a problem that doesn't need to exist – and we're determined to solve it.
This solution will save food, end hunger and save the planet by placing the lost value back into food as humankind's most valuable energy resource. It links the surplus food to those in need effectively and at a very low cost. Through Wa'hab, customers can also buy food from local restaurants, groceries, cafes and bakeries. Wa'hab aims to bring clarity to various stakeholders on legal requirements and create awareness so that food does not turn into waste. At the core of Wa'hab is the integrated Wa'hab-A-Meal social scheme, which allows users to donate a meal to someone in need.
Wa'hab has beneficial effects on environmental and social wellbeing. It helps create an efficient food waste management system that decreases methane emissions and reduces the carbon footprint. Finally, it will contribute to Qatar fulfilling its promise to deliver the first carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup™ in history, sending a powerful and inspirational environmental message to the world.
Wardha Mamukoya holds a degree in electronics and communications engineering, and is leading the development and managing solutions which provide the required IT platforms, systems and software for Wa'hab.
Reem Al-Muftah holds a degree in business administration from Carnegie Mellon University – Qatar and is currently working as the head of organisational development at Aspetar. At Wa'hab, Reem's role is to oversee and manage the functioning of the team, to determine the strategic direction of the company and its implementation.
Kim Wyatt is a food writer for several publications and has worked in the publishing, film and TV industries in London and Sydney. Kim is responsible for planning and directing outreach efforts, tracking marketing campaigns, managing media relationships, and coordinating digital and social media programmes for Wa'hab.
Dr Ramees Muhammed holds a doctorate in biotechnology and currently works at Central Food Laboratories at the Ministry of Public Health, ensuring that the food produced in and imported to Qatar is safe and of good quality. Ramees' role at Wa'hab is monitoring and guiding the overall handling of food products between various stakeholders, and supporting in legal and other administrative interactions between Qatar health departments.
Health & safety
An eco-friendly electric vehicle will allow drivers position to rise and fall automatically in order to provide the driver with the best possible view in any situation. A shade will protect the driver from the sun and from inclement weather.
The vehicle will be able to transport people with severe injuries or who are unable to sit, along with a chair to transport people with minor injuries. It will also have the ability to transport people with disabilities who use wheelchairs. The vehicle will also contain a fire extinguisher and first aid kit.
All of the vehicle's features will emerge from its structure and automatically return to their places when not in use.
This vehicle is envisioned for use by security forces and police, for locations where crowds gather, such as sports arenas, concert venues, parks, pedestrian areas, airports and malls.
In a very small package, the vehicle combines the functions of a police car, fire engine and ambulance.
Thafir Jabreen Al-Osemi is a Kuwaiti inventor who previously won a gold medal at the International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva, one of the largest exhibitions of inventions in the world.
A smart football jersey will wirelessly track the ECG signals of players' hearts in real time and from a wide radial range. The signals will then be analysed by a machine learning algorithm that will detect any abnormalities and, ultimately, predict cardiac events, thus allowing a window of time that will potentially save the lives of thousands of athletes and ordinary people all over the world.
Elsherif Mahmoud is an electrical and computer engineering student at Texas A&M University at Qatar. He specialises in biomedical imaging and signal processing, and has research experience in PET and MRI imaging, and bioinformatics.
Tarek Taha is a medical student at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar with a great interest in cardiology. Tarek gained research experience in sports medicine at a hospital for special surgery in New York.
Sherif Ashraf has a bachelor's degree in biological sciences with a minor in psychology, and has research experience in both in-vivo biology labs and social experiments. He is a first-year medical student at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar.
Abdulaziz Al-Hothi is an electrical engineering student at Texas A&M University at Qatar. He specialises in power electronics and has experience working on a project with Injaz as well as nuclear physics research experience.
In the construction industry, workers who are exposed to hot and humid environments are at increasing risk of heat-related illnesses and injuries. Worldwide, many workers deaths have been reported due to heat stress. The number is continuously increasing.
To address this issue, a wearable dehydration detection and alert system will monitor workers' health in real time and identify if they are dehydrated. Site managers can then be informed to take action in a timely manner to avoid heat stress illnesses and their consequences.
This solution will consist of two subsystems that communicate wirelessly:
• A wearable bio-signals (temperature, heart rate, sweat) acquisition subsystem, which will acquire data from the workers' bodies and send it wirelessly to an intelligent dehydration detection and alerting subsystem.
• The intelligent dehydration detection and alerting subsystem will process and analyse the data to determine if there are signs or pre-symptoms of dehydration.
On a construction site, each worker will wear a bio-signals acquisition subsystem in the form of wristband. The intelligent dehydration detection and alerting subsystem will be placed in proximity to the workers, which will send an alerting SMS or initiate an audio call to the site managers if any of the workers are at risk of dehydration.
This system also has applicability to athletes, tourists and others who may be exposed to hot and humid weather for long periods.
Dr Khawla Alzoubi obtained her PhD from Case Western Reserve University, USA in 2010. She is an expert in embedded systems development, medical systems development and VLSI design.
Dr Muhammad Chowdhury received his PhD from the University of Nottingham, UK, in biomedical instrumentation. He is an expert in this field.
Dr Khaled Alshboul received his PhD from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He has over five years of experience in management (human and resources).
DohaPulse captures Doha's urban dynamics. The system makes relevant and accurate recommendations about places visitors will want to go, such as parks,restaurants and museums. The app will take a number of factors into account when making recommendations, including users' preferences, traffic status, parking availability and the other people planning to attend.
DohaPulse is novel in that it senses data from different sources, including IoT devices and social media, and combines it in a meaningful way. It will capture the spatio-temporal distribution of people and events in the city to make better recommendations. The app will appeal to residents, and to fans and tourists who attend the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.
In the future, it may also provide a real-time monitoring dashboard for event organisers and traffic and urban planners.
Dr Sofiane Abbar is an expert in personalised recommender systems. His implementations benefit millions of users on Al Jazeera's website. He has also designed several large-scale real-time platforms for social data analytics, applied to news and smart cities.
Noora Al Emadi has in-depth experience with mobility data for traffic applications. She has contributed to the development of MASAREK, an iOS-based routing application, and QT2S, a tool for traffic monitoring using social data.
Jaideep Srivastava is a recognised expert in the area of data mining. He was the data-mining architect for Amazon.com, built a data analytics team at Yodlee and was the chief technology officer of Persistent Systems. Jaideep is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Ninja Metrics, a game and e-commerce analytics startup that has received venture funding. He has also advised a number of startups, including Jornaya, Kipsu, CogCubed and GreenFence.
WAISH is a 100% mobile platform which connects customers with upcoming events. The platform will improve efficiencies for local business with weak or no mobile exposure, without requiring any additional marketing expenditure.
For visitors and customers, WAISH offers a unique way to discover the Middle East, with events and activities at their fingertips, within just three clicks and 60 seconds.
Javier Poveda Sanchez is a co-investor in various ventures, with an MBA education focused on venture capital. He is currently running financial matters at WAISH.
Rashid Al Barwani is a successful entrepreneur in sport-related business, with an international engineering background. As the WAISH regional leader in Oman, he is leading business development and operations on the ground.
Pablo Nuñez has an architecture and design background and is currently WAISH's product developer, leading the technical side of the business.
Mohammed Al-Asfoor has an international design background and is currently leading the media, social media and online marketing functions at WAISH.
Internet of things
Q-me is a queue management software system. It aims to help people attending big events and ensure smooth crowd services. Using a mobile app, it allows attendees to request to be queued prior to arriving at the event.
Q-me uses a smart algorithm to control the flow of people into the service location or event venue, based on real-time data collected using internet of things sensors. When a user arrives, the application guides him to the most appropriate physical queue or gate.
For event organisers or service providers, Q-me will help to avoid crowding. This will increase customer satisfaction, reduce safety risks and, ultimately, increase profitability. Additionally, it provides the organisers with statistical feedback, which will help to improve their services.
Dr Saleh Alhazbi is a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Qatar University. One of his focus areas is mobile and context-aware systems. In recent years, he has led many funded projects to utilise mobile systems in tourism, health and education.
Naram Mhasen is a computer engineer who graduated from Qatar University. He has been involved in multiple funded projects and was the team leader of an internet of things project that won the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017 award (Middle East and Africa).
Omaran Abazeed is another computer engineer who graduated from Qatar University. He has been involved in multiple funded projects and was the main developer of the project that won the regional Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017 award.
Crowd control is a serious issue, which will be considered during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. To avoid overcrowding, this system will decrease crowds at critical gates or zones. The system uses simple sensors and data communication to provide a low-cost solution. Wireless sensors detect crowd size. The data is then reported to organisers via a mobile app.
Most existing systems are not real-time and require analysis of the collected data, in cases where video streaming is used. These systems are costly in terms of equipment and data storage requirements, particularly when off-time data analysis is needed.
The proposed system will provide all relevant environmental data, including activity, noise, temperature, humidity, light and location. Users of the application will have access to this data, and will be able to choose which area they wish to monitor in real time.
Muhannad Quwaider is an associate professor of computer engineering, project management, sensor networks development, feature extraction, data / signal analysis and application development. He has produced many publications on wireless networks, cloud computing, application-specific sensor networks and body area networks. He has gained several grants for his projects.
Rehab Duwairi is a professor of computer information systems with research interests that address databases, data mining, pattern recognition, sentiment and emotion analysis, speech recognition and social networks analysis. She has secured several grants for her projects and published numerous research papers in prestigious journals and at conferences.
Instant_Analytics offers services including real-time cyber security and real-time crowd management. The former service will use artificial intelligence to detect any abnormal activity and to help protect users' data assets and IoT devices from cyber attacks.
Real-time crowd management will be achieved by using data from IoT devices, networks and apps, and by applying artificial intelligence to make recommendations and understand visitor needs, contributing to the ultimate fan experience.
Omar Yaacoubi is the CEO and co-founder of Instant_Analytics, and a Stanford University alumnus with more than ten years' experience working on analytics and big data.
Mahdi Ben Hamden is the COO and co-founder, and has more than 20 years'experience in complex IT and management environments in Europe and Africa.
Oussema Ben Lamine is a software engineer and big data expert with more than seven years' international experience in big data and data analytics.
Analysing open big data, social feeds and online trip data from people and vehicles will allow for intelligent services that enable more eﬃcient, equitable and sustainable public transport in Qatar. These services will be offered through smart chatbots, allowing travellers and drivers to receive convenient smart updates about the public transport network (buses and metro).
Travellers will be able to send short messages and receive personalised timetables for their planned trips, along with information about the best public transport options to reach their destination. Generating these timetables will depend on the daily activities and movements of people, along with external factors like weather conditions and special occasions like football matches. Furthermore, the chatbot will be able to deliver trip recommendations based on the users' preferences and travel history.
For bus drivers, the chatbot will serve as a smart assistant, providing them with trip maps and real-time traﬃc information, and making recommendations about the best routes to reach their destinations.
The chatbots will provide innovative public transport services in Qatar and an exceptional fan experience, while enhancing fans' ability to explore touristic places during the tournament.
Adham Enaya is a SAP developer and android evangelist at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. He is leading mobile development projects and building intelligent applications using machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies.
Alaa Hamoudah is an entrepreneur with three years' experience in business development in Qatar. She established a business related to health and fitness three years ago.
Ahmed Abu Issa is a professional data analyst at The Entertainer and he participated in The UAE Drones for Good Award in 2014, where and his team reached the finals with their idea of using autonomous drones to respond to traffic accidents.
An innovative crowd management application, which features a multipurpose ultrasound sensory system integrated with a local IoT beacon network, will collect information from different sources, process it, personalise it and share it with users in real time, using a mobile app.
The application will optimise the utilisation of resources to help manage crowds in public areas. It will also be able to provide visitors with emergency directions to exits and plans for their visit.
Dr Raid Al-Aomar is a professor of industrial engineering and the director of the Master of Engineering Management course at Abu Dhabi University in the UAE. He holds a PhD in industrial engineering / operations research from Wayne State University in Detroit, USA. He has over 20 years of experience at companies and universities in Jordan, USA, and the UAE, and around 50 publications.
Mr Abdullah Aldweekat is a third-year PhD student in the Industrial Engineering Department, Seoul National University, South Korea. He has seven years of professional experience in industrial data analysis and system engineering.
Najm is a website and mobile app designed to analyse matches by collecting all available details about the teams, players, coaches, stadiums, weather and match conditions, which then performs analysis and provides detailed reports and statistics.
Najm will provide professional services to coaches, team managers, sports analysts and journalists. The public can also receive the results, to evaluate the team and players.
Omar Al-Kaseem, born in Baghdad in 1977, is an Iraqi national and resident of Oman, and has a bachelor's degree in computer science and more than 17 years of experience in this field. He's currently the CEO of an IT solutions company. In 2009, he received the SAWAED award for the Best Innovative Project.
While Qatar is not alone in facing traffic and parking inefficiency, the problem is magnified due to the concentration of the country's population in the capital, Doha. The number of motor vehicles was 532 per 1,000 people in 2007. The number is estimated to have since increased by at least 20% since.
This solution will address parking inefficiency. Industry reports estimate that over 30% of traffic congestion is caused by drivers looking for parking spots. As a result, drivers increase carbon emissions and decrease economic activity and productivity. According to an IBM survey, drivers globally waste as many as 20 minutes per trip looking for parking spots.
The objectives of this solution are the following:
1. Provide drivers with accurate parking information to facilitate their decision-making process.
2. Optimise parking management systems to decrease congestion and save drivers time and money.
3. Utilise smart technology to increase convenience for drivers with as little input as possible.
4. Decrease operating costs for car park managers, creating a self-sufficient system that does not require constant maintenance, supervision and human capital.
Seif Talaat is an entrepreneur in the technology and services sectors. He holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a master's degree from IE Business School in market research and consumer behaviour. He co-founded Jeebly, an on-demand delivery platform in Qatar, co-leading a team of web developers and designers. He currently has a startup idea incubated with Qatar Digital Incubation Center. In addition, he was invited by the US Department of State to attend the seventh annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which took place in Palo Alto in June of 2016.
Country: Saudi Arabia
Stadiums can now welcome, guide and reward spectators with location-based engagement notifications. The QARIB platform uses bluetooth technology to help stadium management teams transform their venues into mobile and web-friendly fan engagement zones by allowing them to draft areas of interest and define suitable triggered actions.
This will help spectators with:
• Wayfinding (to seats and points of interest)
• Receiving welcome notifications
• Receiving offers and coupons
• Locating friends and family members
• Last-minute seat upgrades
Faisal Alferdos is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of NEAR MOTION. Faisal holds a BSc in Architectural Engineering and has ten years' experience in the investment and asset management sector with well-known investment banking firms including Samba Capital and Lloyds Banking Group. Besides NEAR MOTION, Faisal is the founder of other startups, including Treasury Properties, which runs the residential compound listing online service www.rightcompound.com and the exclusive offers mobile app Layfootak. In 2015, Faisal was named by Forbes as one of the 'Entrepreneurs Shaping Saudi Arabia's Future'.
Ahmed Ali Hasan heads the technical department of NEAR MOTION. He holds a master's degree in computer networks from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals and a BSc in Electronics Engineering from Sudan University of Science and Technology. With six years' experience in PHP web development, Ahmed manages the development of the QARIB backend and other projects handled by NEAR MOTION. Ahmed has been an IEEE professional member since 2009, and is also a researcher in SDN/NFV network technologies and internet of things solutions.
Emergency dispatch is often a slow process. A full 65% of deaths and accident-caused amputations could be prevented through faster intervention and diagnosis, and personalised first aid for passengers based on their medical records.
SOS Santé is a system that includes a device and mobile app. It automatically detects accidents, assesses their gravity, then sends the accident victims' locations, medical records and emergency contacts directly to the closest medical center. This will result in a 40% or more reduction in response times and the possibility of customised treatment based on the patients' blood type, medical allergies and health condition.
Khalid Machchate is CEO and internet of things / embedded systems engineer of SOS Santé. He has worked on two startups from idea to implementation and consulted for various industry giants, including the World Bank, Microsoft and MedTech.
Wissal Farsal is the team's mobile developer and designer. He has previously worked on tailor-made solutions including UI and brand designs, and his current responsibility is to work on mobile user application for SOS Santé.