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#FallingWallsLab2015 - DWZ Cairo

DWZ Cairo opens the stage for innovation at the Falling Walls Lab Cairo

Young Egyptian researchers presented their groundbreaking ideas in 3 minutes at the Prince Taz Palace on 25 July 2015. The DWZ and a prestigious jury selected two winners who will be sent to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin on 8 November. The DWZ hosted the Falling Walls Lab for the second time and had with the number of 110 applicants for the competition by far the highest number of applications of all Labs worldwide.

The stage was opened for innovation. 13 Egyptian young innovators got the chance to present their research projects and breakthroughs in front of a jury of academia and business. For the first time they were facing a nonspecialized audience whom they had to “sell” their ideas to. Among the invited guest were representatives from industry, academia and development cooperation, who showed themselves impressed by the creativity of the young students.

“One of the aims of the German Science Centre is to contribute in bridging the gap between Industry and Academia in Egypt by promoting young scientists and entrepreneurs”, said Dr. Roman Luckscheiter, Director of the DWZ.

Presented ideas varied from research projects from different disciplines to entrepreneurial initiatives. “It is very important to share an idea to transform harmful automotive mobility into an energy source, mitigating the overall global CO2 rates with everyone” explained the candidate Mohamed Ashraf Hilal from TU Berlin Campus El Gouna, who presented a project on how to break the wall of mobility, energy and CO2 emissions. 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.

For the first time, the DWZ is able to send two Egyptian innovators to the finale in Berlin. Prof. Dr. Ashraf Mansour, the prime founder of the German University in Cairo and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the GUC donated a ticket to support another winner from Egypt.

Ali Choucry and Mahmoud Kotb were named as the winners of the Cairo lab. Choucry presented his project on having a novel approach to treating neurodegenerative conditions.

Mahmoud Kotb is the founder of QEYE, which is the first Egyptian start-up company to use machine vision technology in its products. The second place went to Mohamed Ashraf Hilal. Rania Abd El Wahab won the third Prize with her idea on light emitting diodes to control agricultural pests.

The jury, consisting of Dr. Roman Luckscheiter (Director DWZ Cairo & DAAD Cairo), Ms. Stephanie Herkenberg (Economic Department, German Embassy Cairo), Dr. Mona El-Tobgui (Senior Advisor Egypt, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft), Prof. Dr. Georg Erdmann (Professor of Energy Systems Dept. at TU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Mohamed Salheen (Professor of Urban Planning & Design, Ain-Shams University) judge on the basis of the criteria of breakthrough factor, relevance and performance.

The Falling Walls Lab is a new challenging, inspiring and interdisciplinary format for young bright minds. It offers the opportunity to excellent young academics and professionals to present their outstanding ideas, research projects and initiatives.
On the sideline of the competition, the DWZ Cairo showed the technology exhibition “renewables – Made in Germany” of the German Energy Agency (Dena). Across a total of 26 rollups, the exhibition presented facts about renewable energy sources, technologies and systems. The exhibition will be open to the public.

Furthermore, a lecture on energy transformation in Germany was given by Prof. Dr. Georg Erdmann from the Technical University of Berlin.