Falling Walls Lab Cairo 2014
DWZ hosts the first Falling Walls Lab in the Middle East
13 young Egyptian researchers presented their ideas on 4 June at the DWZ and a prestigious jury selected one winner who will be send to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin on 8 November.
The DWZ hosted the first of 22 Falling Walls Labs worldwide this year and had with the number of 71 applicants for the competition by far the highest number of applications of all Labs.
Hany Elkhodary was named the winner with his presentation on biogas practice in Egypt. He already launched a start-up for using chicken manure to produce biogas and using this biogas for heating chicken farms. The second place went to Alaa Nassar who demonstrated a device which can detect drug interactions between medications. Ahmed Zakaria Hafez won the third prize with his idea of an electric chair for disabled running with a Stirling Engine on human heat. The real challenge for each participant was to present her or his idea in just 3 minutes to the audience and jury and to simplify the often complex scientific topics. The jury, consisting of Dr. Michael Harms (Director DWZ Cairo & DAAD Cairo), Dr. Martin Bergfelder (Head of Science Department, German Embassy Cairo), Dr. Mona El-Tobgui (Senior Advisor Egypt, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft), Prof. Abdel Meguid Kassem (Professor of Endemic Diseases Dept. Cairo University), Prof. 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.
Falling Walls Labs take place globally throughout the year. The winners of each international Falling Walls Lab qualify for the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, which is held every year on 8 November and is closely connected to the annual and international renowned Falling Walls Conference, taking place on 9 November. The Falling Walls Conference is an annual global gathering of forward thinking individuals from 75 countries organized by the Falling Walls Foundation. At the Conference 20 top-class scientists from around the world present their current breakthrough research answering the question "Which are the next walls to fall?".