IDB, KAUST join forces to hold Innovation Challenge workshop

IDB, KAUST join forces to hold Innovation Challenge workshop

Islamic Development Bank Group

THE Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB) is organizing a two-day STEAM Innovation Challenge workshop in collaboration with King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST).

STEAM, which stands for science technology engineering arts and mathematics, is intended for university students in Saudi Arabia, will be held on March 17-18, 2017 at IDB headquarters in Jeddah.

KAUSTSTEAM Innovation Challenge is designed to support students creating solutions to solve local, regional and global problems. Having students engage in mixed interdisciplinary teams a great opportunity for creating new innovative concepts that could bring about significant change for a partner organization.

The suggested challenges include areas around food security and water, health, and education. It is a short-timed challenge, started and completed over a 48 hour intensive time period, and a team building exercise amongst mixed students from a number of chosen universities in Saudi Arabia. Each team will have one of the three challenges randomly chosen for them to work on. Each challenge topic will have a semi-final on the second day with one winner in each category, who will then go on to compete against each other for the grand prize.

The student teams will be given some guidance on the first day as well as a short presentation template to use during the competition part of the program, as well as mentors from the partner organization and from the KAUST Entrepreneurship Center staff and IDB Group international mentor pool.