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Egyptian breakthroughs presented at the Falling Walls Lab Cairo 2016

Young Egyptian researchers and entrepreneurs presented their groundbreaking ideas in 3 minutes at the Prince Taz Palace on 20 July 2016. The DWZ and a prestigious jury selected the winner who will be sent to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin on 8 November. The DWZ hosted the Falling Walls Lab for the third time and had with the number of 175 applicants for the competition until now by far the highest number of applications of all Labs worldwide.

Cairo, 21.07.2016. In 2016, international Falling Walls Labs take place all over the world and call for the application of Bachelor and Master students, postdocs, young professionals, entrepreneurs and junior professors whose latest university degrees do not date back more than 5 years. Ground-breaking research projects, initiatives, ideas and business models from all disciplines are welcome.

The winner of every international Falling Walls Lab will be awarded a slot for the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin on 8 November 2016 and an A.T. Kearney Scholarship for the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November 2016. In total 100, applicants qualify for the Finale in Berlin. Each finalist will receive the opportunity to present their research work, initiative or business model within three minutes in front of a high-calibre jury from academia, research and business. The three winners receive a cash prize and give their talks again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference before 800 guests on the next day.

The aim of the Falling Walls Lab is to foster scientific and entrepreneurial innovations and to promote the exchange between outstanding scholars and professionals emerging from different fields of expertise.

The Falling Walls Lab Cairo took place at the Prince Taz Palace yesterday. 13 Egyptian young innovators got the chance to present their research projects and breakthroughs in front of a jury of academia and business. Among the invited guest were representatives from industry, academia and development cooperation, who showed themselves impressed by the creativity of the young students.

The jury, consisting of Dr. Roman Luckscheiter (Director DWZ Cairo & DAAD Cairo), Ms. Laura Oexle (Head of Sience Department, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany), Dr. Rainer Herret (CEO, German - Arab Chamber Of Industry & Commerce), Dr. Rasha Tantawy (Head of Entrepreneurship and Business Support Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center), Prof. Dr. Galal H. Galal-Edeen (Professor of Information Systems Engineering and Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Computing, Cairo University) judge on the basis of the criteria of breakthrough factor, relevance and performance.

All participants received further trainings of the DAAD Kairo Akademie on topics such as creativity and innovation techniques, in which the participants learned how to apply a multitude of different creativity tools and techniques and how to promote their ideas in an innovative way.

Mrs. Salma ElDardiry was named as the winner of the Cairo Lab. She presented her ambitious and self-initiated project “Describing Egypt” that is aiming at describing Egypt one location at a time. The intention of her project is to document and thereby preserve and educate about the cultural heritage of archaeological sites worldwide and especially ancient Egypt.

The second place went to Jack Trados and is project for a new way of financing renewables energy and power plants as the installment of clean energy sources usually fail due to the high upfront cost. Dr. Amr Abdallah won the third prize with his idea on a new cooling system for private households in order to reduce the high energy consumption related to air conditioning.

Furthermore, a lecture by Nourhan Al-Sherbiny on sustainable management of innovation at the environmental consultancy optimisation service provider.