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First, second and third place winning teams stand with their awards at the KAUST STEAM Innovation Challenge. Photo courtesy of KAUST Innovation and Economic Development.
The KAUST Innovation and Economic Development department hosted its largest STEAM Innovation Challenge from April 10 to 12. More than 300 Saudi university students from 16 universities participated in the intensive ideation program.
Entitled "Secure Generation 2030" and held in partnership with Northrop Grumman, the event focused on creating solutions to regional and global challenges in cybersecurity, supply chain localization and the environment.
Saudi university students work together during the KAUST STEAM Innovation Challenge. Photo courtesy of KAUST Innovation and Economic Development.
This year's STEAM Innovation Challenge first-place winner was Wajid, an app to find missing family members and lost pilgrims during Hajj. Second- and third-place winners respectively were Sitlr, an app for parents to protect children from the risks of surfing the internet, and ClinTech, an intelligent garbage and waste management service.
Entrepreneurship plays an important role in achieving the economic transformation objectives of Vision 2030. KAUST initiatives such as the STEAM Innovation Challenge inspire young Saudi students to unleash their entrepreneurial potential.
Dr. Kevin Cullen, KAUST vice president of Innovation and Economic Development, noted the importance of entrepreneurship for the Kingdom during the recent on campus STEAM Innovation Challenge event. Photo courtesy of KAUST Innovation and Economic Development.
"Great entrepreneurs come out of strong entrepreneurial ecosystems. The partnership between Northrop Grumman and KAUST demonstrates a commitment to entrepreneurship in the Kingdom," he said.
Northrop Grumman is one of Saudi Arabia's largest defense industry partners and is committed to supporting the Kingdom's Vision 2030 goals of economic diversification, localization and knowledge transfer. Mentors from KAUST, Northrop Grumman and other local companies worked closely with the student teams to develop their ideas.
Saudi university students pose during the KAUST STEAM Innovation Challenge. Photo courtesy of KAUST Innovation and Economic Development.