29 October 2019
The University of Sharjah organized an introductory workshop on the Sharjah Chamber Award for Innovators alongside preparations for the 5th International Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The University organizes this Forum in cooperation with the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The workshop aimed at introducing students to the award, how to participate in it and the criteria that must be met in the works participating in the competition, in addition to encouraging and motivating students to produce pioneering ideas and submit applicable projects. Prof. Mohammad S. Obaidat, Dean of the College of Computing and Informatics, attended the workshop along with Dr. Amal Al Ali, Chairman of the Award Organizing Committee; Dr. Mohamed Gamal Aboelmaged, Vice Dean of the College of Business Administration; as well as a number of faculty and staff members, and a large number of university students from various Emirates and private school students in the Emirate of Sharjah.
This year, the award was extended to encompass all categories of UAE universities of all ages as well as students of private schools from the twelfth grade in the Emirate of Sharjah with the doubling of the prize to 100 thousand dirhams instead of 50 thousand dirhams.
The introductory workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Amal Al Ali, during which she presented a detailed explanation of the design thinking plan, the categories of the award which specialize in the fields of research and projects, the value of the award, the dates for applying, the guiding sessions and the arbitration. In addition to explaining the criteria that must be met in the research or project, and introducing the research areas covered in the award including e-business, wireless applications, mobile applications, smart systems, e-commerce, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.
For his part, Prof. Mohammad S. Obaidat talked about innovation and the progress of countries and civilizations in this field and the qualifications that make them present the best projects through the practice of innovation and the rehabilitation of research centers that attract and support the talented and innovators. He stressed the importance of developing relationships with local and international projects that serve as a tool to support students and research and help finance innovation. He also recommended that students develop their practical skills before entering the labor market.
Dr. Mohamed Gamal Aboelmaged presented a practical model for students on how to use the five senses of innovation, along with a set of recommendations and incentive tips that enable them to invent new and unique projects.
Following the Vice Dean, Ms. Amira Al Ameri from the College of Business Administration at the University of Sharjah, who won the first place in the Sharjah Chamber Award for Innovators in its fourth round, passed her experience to students on the stages of developing the Smart Library project where the robot works to help readers in the search for books, and the challenges faced in the project. At the end of the workshop, awards were distributed to the participating students.