Want to change the world in 48 hours?
The STEAM Innovation Challenge is a brand new, one of a kind, two-day intensive weekend ideation event held in KAUST. KAUST students will be working in mixed, interdisciplinary teams alongside students from a number of partnering Saudi Universities, to develop & present well-defined solutions to three major real world challenges.
Students who will take part to this elite activity will have a background or expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics and will be placed in teams by the event organizers.
STEAM sponsor, the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), will outline the challenges to be undertaken on the first morning and assign them to the teams.
Over 48 hours, each team will formulate and present a solution with the help of a range of experts. Certificate of completion will be awarded, along with a first, second and third team prizes (to be announced closer to the event).
Food, beverages, working space and resources will be provided throughout the competition.
This Enrichment in the Spring event is exclusive for KAUST students only. Spots will be filled in a first come first served basis and a waiting list. To cancel your registration, go back on the Enrichment website and click on the 'Unregister' event button*.
STEAM is brought to you by the Office of Enrichment Programs in collaboration with KAUST Entrepreneurship Center and the KAUST student Entrepreneurship, Business and Innovation Group (eBIG).
*A 'non-show up' fee of 150 SAR will apply to students who fail to attend without canceling their registration 48 hours before the event. More details will be sent to the participants after their registration.
Amal is a design thinker and a passionate professional in creating customer centric experiences. She guides established corporates and startups to create innovation & commercialization opportunities through customer focused creative solutions. Amal offers multiple workshops and lectures on Design Thinking following the Stanford D-School methodology and applying IDEO’s practical learning’s as she has experienced it in Stanford with an adaptation to the local market and a customized offering for the organization requirements and needs.
Throughout her career Amal gained a diversified range of experience in management and marketing related roles particularly in education and consultancy. Currently, Amal is part of the Entrepreneurship Center in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in a number of roles including the New Ventures Accelerator & Hikma IP Startup Accelerator & REVelate Corporate Innovation program.
Amal is also an entrepreneur, who started her own businesses, She was part of a joint venture with a startup in Dubai focused on creating media and production services for clients like Starcom Dubai, Yahoo Dubai and many others.
As Head of the Entrepreneurship Center in KAUST since May 2014, Gordon has grown the activities of the center including the development of Teaching & Learning programs, startup accelerators such as the HIKMA IP-based and the REVelate corporate innovation program.
Prior to Saudi Arabia, he was the Associate Vice President of Arizona State University’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group (EIG) and Principal Investigator of the Center of Excellence in Technology Transfer, which was funded by the US department of defense, and an Assistant Professor of Practice. During his time in ASU, his group was ranked in the top 10 in the US for university incubators according to the UBI Global Index. While in ASU he developed several new innovation initiatives including the Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator, which won the U.S. award for Most Promising Technology Based Economic Development in 2013.
Previously Gordon was Deputy CEO of the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship in Ireland where he developed new programs such as the Business Innovation Program (accredited) in 2011 and was the founder of the Propeller startup accelerator in 2010. Before the Ryan Academy, he spent several years as chief of staff to the President of Dublin City University and was architect of two of the university’s strategic plans. He was a co-founder of two funded start-up companies also worked in a number of industry management roles including Westinghouse and the strategy practice of Accenture.
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