Tatawwar brought to you by HSBC in partnership with Potential.com is supporting the next generation of social innovators
— Sabrin Rahman
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, April 6, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Tatawwar: Building Tomorrow’s Minds, from HSBC and Potential.com, announced the winners of the 2020 / 2021 programme rollout at a live-streamed final awards event.
Despite the challenges faced by the pandemic over 5000 students aged 15-18 years took charge of their learning and engaged in the programme from across the Middle East and North Africa region. After months of blended learning, innovation design and prototyping, the amazing 20 finalists competed for this year’s top 3 spots.
First prize was awarded to Asma Bachir Bey from Algeria for her “P.V.M Supply”, a portable, affordable and accessible ventilator, working with both solar and battery power.
Second prize was awarded to Amal Hamdi Mohammed Albadawi from Bahrain for her “Pharmabot” AI robot. Third prize went to Abdulmohsen Mohammad Alghanim from Kuwait for his “R 2 Filter”, a sink filter to recycle water.
7 distinguished judges listened to 2-minute pitches from the 20 talented finalists and reviewed their prototypes and business models. The judges representing the Ministry of Youth and Sport Affairs in Bahrain, Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar, Ministry of Education in UAE, Zayed University, The British University in Dubai, Al Tamimi & Company and Global Ventures, provided diverse perspectives when evaluating the finalists’ projects.
“Education is a key component of driving long-term sustainable growth in economies around the world, which is why HSBC not only provides funding to companies but also supports the wider education ecosystem through programmes such as Tatawwar,” said Daniel Howlett, HSBC’s Regional Head of Commercial Banking, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. “Students no longer expect – nor aspire to have – a job for life, and education must give them the tools to adapt and change throughout their future careers. Tatawwar helps students prepare for this future by giving them an opportunity to develop practical skills outside of the classroom,” he added.
This year’s edition of Tatawwar: Building Tomorrow’s Minds has seen a total of 5051 students from over 1800 schools across the Middle East and North Africa region, register in the blended learning programme. The Tatawwar team hosted live and online prototyping workshops for the shortlisted 245 students in each of the programme’s countries held 15…