Monday, February 6, 2017

Airbus ME honours Saudi’s top aviation innovators

Entaliq with Airbus, a platform to support the development of aviation technologies in Saudi Arabia, concluded yesterday (February 5) in Riyadh with an awards ceremony honouring its participants and top three winners.

Organised by Airbus Middle East, the ceremony was hosted by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and attended by the programme’s strategic and community partners, industry stakeholders and wider guests.

Out of more than 1,000 Saudi applicants and over 70 unique project ideas, eight teams were shortlisted to the final stage. The teams presented their ideas at the ceremony to a panel of judges comprising senior executives and industry professionals from Airbus, Taqnia Aeronautics, Qotuf, Altran and Badir.

During the ceremony the top 20 participants were also recognised for their creative and innovative projects.

Prince Dr Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al Saud, president of KACST, addressed the attendees during the ceremony. On behalf of the three ‘Entaliq with Airbus’ strategic partners, Fouad Attar from Airbus; General Ali Alghamdi from Taqnia Aeronautics and Abdulrahman Al-Fahad, Advisor to the Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, highlighted Entaliq as a driver and enabler of the sustainable future growth of the Saudi aviation industry during their speeches.

Ahmad Alsawy’s wireless virtual reality surround sound headset, Mohamad Ghulam’s foreign object debris solution for airport tarmacs, and Rehab Aljuhni and Raed Alrefaei’s solution for passengers’ low blood pressure through in-flight blood-circulation activities, were announced as top three winners respectively by the programme’s panel of judges.

The three finalists will witness their projects come to life with the support of the initiative’s partners. Partner’s involvement will include training of team members, incubation of the business concept or promoting the solution in company portfolios.

“As a leader in STEM innovation and a major supporter of the future development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Airbus Middle East takes every opportunity to challenge young entrepreneurs and encourage their involvement in the growth of the national and global aerospace industry,” said Fouad Attar, managing director at Airbus Middle East.

“We are also exceptionally proud and thankful of the network we have brought together to provide a platform for multi-stakeholders to connect and exchange ideas that promote the development of the Saudi aviation industry. This programme not only provides young Saudis with tailored learning environment through innovative and blended learning techniques, but it also promotes the development of an ecosystem for the industry in line with 2030 Vision.” Attar concluded.

The winning ideas, that will move on to the incubation process, includes Ahmad Alsawy’s in-flight entertainment innovation of an ergonomically friendly headset that can be converted from a simply audio device to a full wearable computer, changing the whole in-flight entertainment experience.

Other winning submissions focused on the contribution to the safety of passengers starting from the runway using Mohamad Ghulam’s technology solution that deals with foreign object debris, to Rehab Aljuhni and Raed Alrefaei’s contribution to in-flight safety and comfort of passengers who suffer from low blood pressure and require movement during long-haul flights.  – TradeArabia News Service



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