Kuwait Global Technopreneurship Challenge 2015

14th-16th November 2015

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Why Technopreneurship?

It is widely accepted that entrepreneurial skills and behaviours are among the key survival skills for the young generation in the 21st Century. Developing entrepreneurial individuals is a key global priority that can positively contribute to sustainable development and job creation.

As the College of Engineering and Petroleum at Kuwait University celebrates its 40th Anniversary, it is proud to host this global innovation and entrepreneurship event, Kuwait Global Technopreneurship Challenge 2015. Join us to have fun, discover your true potential and develop your entrepreneurial acumen.

Kuwait Global Technopreneurship Challenge 2015

Our world is facing 14 Grand Challenges that threaten our very existence and our way of life. If you want to be part of the solution, join the Kuwait Global Technopreneurship Challenge KGTC 2015. You can work with a team at your school, university or community to produce a solution for one of the featured challenges. Solutions should be original, innovative and possess clear business value. Teams with the best solutions, as judged by a global team of academics and industry leaders, will be invited to Kuwait to participate in the finals where they will be given the opportunity to pitch to investors to increase their chances to commercialize their solutions.

Selected Grand Challenges

Make Solar Energy Economical

Solar energy provides less than 1% of the world’s total energy, but it has the potential to provide much more. Solar energy presents an attractive alternative for a long-term sustainable energy source.

Advance Health Informatics

Stronger health information systems can not only improve everyday medical visits, but they are also essential to counter pandemics and biological or chemical attacks.

Advance Personalised Learning

Teaching has traditionally followed the one-size-fits-all approach, but with the growing appreciation of more “personalised learning”, there is a need for instruction to be customised based on learning styles, speeds and interests to match the student.

Important Dates


Preliminary Course Registration


Notification of selected teams to travel to Kuwait


End Date of Registration


Workshops & final round


Launching the Course


Conference & Award Ceremony

Eligibility Criteria

  • Teams of 3-5 participants are formed with at least a member with an engineering background (an engineer or an engineering student)
  • Participants need to watch the online lectures, answer the quizzes, and submit all the course assignments in a timely manner

Project Selection Criteria

Projects will be judged against the following criteria:

  • How well does the proposed project address the selected Grand Challenge(s)
  • Originality and innovativeness of the Business Model
  • Extent of team multi-nationality
  • Ability of the team to raise funds and sponsorship for their projects
  • Technological feasibility
  • Economical Viability
  • Environmentally sustainable
  • Desirability of the proposed solution, product, process or service
  • Clear market segment identification


All participants who complete the preliminary course will receive a certificate of completion.

Twenty teams that achieve the best results in the preliminary stage of the challenge will be given travel assistance to Kuwait to attend a number of workshops conducted by international experts aimed at further developing their Technopreneurship Skills and projects. This will be followed by a final pitching sessions where the winning teams will receive the following




1st Runner Up


2nd Runner Up


Judges’ Choice Award

Speakers & Facilitators

Adam Brimo

Adam holds Bachelor of Engineering (Software) and a Bachelor Arts (Politics) degrees from UNSW (University of New South Wales), is the 2011 Choice Magazine Consumer Activist of the Year and is a recipient of the 2011 UNSW Alumni Graduand Award. He previously worked at Macquarie Bank as a Software Engineer / Analyst in the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Group and at Westpac Institutional Bank as a Senior Software Engineer.

Adam led the successful Vodafail consumer activist campaign in 2010-2011, which resulted in nationwide media coverage, an ACMA inquiry and a $1bn network upgrade for Vodafone’s Australian business. In 2012, Adam joined world renowned UNSW A. Prof Richard Buckland to found openlearning.com, a student centred online learning platform. Over 140,000 students have joined courses, including the first massive open online courses from Australia and Malaysia.

Professor Tariq A. Aldowaisan

Professor Tariq A. Aldowaisan earned his Ph.D. in industrial and management systems engineering from Arizona State University. He is currently a professor of industrial and management systems engineering and vice dean for planning and career development at the College of Engineering & Petroleum at Kuwait University, and a founder and senior consultant at Gulf Lead Consultants. He is a KFAS Prize Winner for Scientific Production in Engineering Sciences in 2014.

Prof. Aldowaisan has prestigious professional certifications in quality and safety; they are: Certified Quality Engineering (CQE), Certified Quality Manager/ Organizational Excellence (CQM/OE), Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) and Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) from American Society for Quality (ASQ); and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) from Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

Furthermore, he has over twenty five years academic, consulting, and training experience in quality and organizational excellence, strategic planning and performance management, and occupational safety. His clients from the oil sector include KOC, KNPC, KUFPEC, KPC, PIC, and KEC; from Government MGRP, PIFSS, AWQAF, PAI, IAD in Qatar, KPA; and from Education KU and ACK.

Prof. Aldowaisan wrote numerous professional articles in Arabic and English in the subjects of quality and professional development; some appeared in international refereed journals.

Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi

Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi is currently the Dean of School of Engineering at Taylor’s University, Malaysia. His research interests include thermofluids, renewable energy, biomechanical engineering, engineering education and academic leadership. He is an Honorary Chair at the School of Mechanical Engineering of the University Of Birmingham (UK) and the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Engineering Science & Technology. Professor Al-Atabi published two books, “Think like an Engineer” and “Driving Performance” and he has numerous research publications, awards and honours. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) and a member of the Global Engineering Deans Council.

Professor Al-Atabi is an innovative educator, he pioneered the CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) and delivered the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in Malaysia. Under his leadership, Taylor’s School of Engineering became the first non US school to have a Grand Challenges Scholar Programme aimed at developing graduates able to address the 14 Grand Challenges for engineers in the 21st Century. He trains executives from Multinational Corporations including banks and energy companies.

Organising Committee

Prof. Tariq A. Aldowaisan
Event Chair
Kuwait University

Prof. Mushtak Al-Atabi
Taylor’s University, Malaysia

Prof. Haitham Lababidi
Kuwait University

Dr. Mabkhout Al-Dousari
Kuwait University

Dr. Rawa Aljarallah
Kuwait University

International Advisory Committee

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Richard Buckland
University of New South Wales, Australia

Dr. Hans Hoyer
Secretary General, Global Engineering Deans Council, USA

Dr. Andrea Belz
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, University of Southern California

Rajesh Nair
Tata Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Asia School of Business, Kuala Lumpur

Asst. Prof. Dr. Jennifer DeBoer
Purdue University, USA

Prof. Dr. Takayuki Saito
Shizouka University, Japan


Ahmed Qasem
Customer Services Leader, GE Power Services, Kuwait

Haitham Lababidi
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Kuwait University

Mushtak Al-Atabi
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Taylor’s University

Salim Mousallam
Country Manager, GE Power Services, Kuwait & Bahrain

Tariq A. Aldowaisan
Professor of Industrial & Management Systems Engineering, Kuwait University

Ziad Arnaout
Director Eastern & African Growth Markets, GE Healthcare Partners

Panel of Judges

Abdulaziz Alloughani
Vice Chairman, National Fund for Small & Medium Size Enterprise Development

Adam Brimo
CEO and Co-Founder of OpenLearning, Australia

Atakan Peker
Business Development Executive, Research & IP, IBM Turkey

Christina White, Ed.D.
Engineering Education Research Associate for Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), and Director and Global Chair for National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars & K12 Partners Program

Hani Majsoub
Renewables – Sales Leader MENAT, GE Power Conversion

Samar Baqer
Assistant Professor at College of Business Administration, Kuwait University


Diabetes Lifecycle Management System
Engin Demirel (Turkey)
Hussain Alsayegh (Kuwait)
Nedret Kesmen (Turkey)
Sedat Kesmen (Turkey)

Abdullah Osama Abdullah Mohammed Ali (Egypt)
Ahmed Omar (Kuwait)
Mahmoud Mousa (Kuwait)

Greeny Vibes
Fatma Akbar (Kuwait)
Hassan Al Yagoub (Saudi Arabia)
Haya Al Radaan (Kuwait)
Mohammad Ibrahim Ali (Kuwait)
Moneera Alateeqi (Kuwait)

Health Happens Here
Chinedu Mbalisigwe (Nigeria)
Dana Soumaf (Syria)
Apollo Pampallis (South Africa)
Pasindu Manisha Kuruppuarachchi (Sri Lanka)

Learning Out of the Box
Afnan Algharabally (Kuwait)
Fetuoh Jandool Al-Dousari (Kuwait)
Worood Nabeel Al-Gharabally (Kuwait)

Adeniyi Emmanuel Adeniji (Nigeria)
Akunwunmi Olaolu Segun (Nigeria)
Olabode Oluwaseun Adebayo (Nigeria)
Tony Olufemi Ogunyinka (United Kingdom)

Mohamed Ehab Abdou (Egypt)
Mohanad Bajuniad (Yemen)
Muhammad Sartaj Khan (Pakistan)
Naomi Randall (United Kingdom)
Omar Mohammed (Yemen)

The Concept Crew
Areej Hussain Mulia (Kuwait)
Hessa Al-Wuhaib (Kuwait)
Sager Al Kuwari (Kuwait)
Yousef Almusaileem (Kuwait)

Live Strong
Duaa Jamsheer (Kuwait)
Latifah Alrashid (Kuwait)
Shahd Alhajji (Kuwait)
Zainab Taqi (Kuwait)

Project Lifeline
Dania Haddad (Lebanon)
Philip Kyeswa (Uganda)
Rabia Khan (Paskistan)
Shaima Ahmed Almousawi (Kuwait)
Yasser El Kabbout (Lebanon)

Solaris Domus
Cristina Fernandez Alonso (Spain)
Mahdi Hallak (Algeria)
Mateusz Treder (Poland)
Olivier Kim Chhu (France)
Oscar Moro Parreno (Spain)

Ayuob Naju (Kuwait)
Fadi Dawood Ismail (Jordan)
Majdi Suleiman (Kuwait)

Aaron Chin (Malaysia)
Liew Hong Yeow (Malaysia)
Lee Kit Hong (Malaysia)
Kong Jen Yuan (Malaysia)

Chong Meng Joe (Malaysia)
Malvinder Singh Gill (Malaysia)
Melanie Yong (Malaysia)
Ng Jia Sheng (Malaysia)
Ng Wai Lun (Malaysia)

Abdullah Kaan Karaata
Ernest Che Ngang (Cameroon)
Hamza Rizwan (Pakistan)
Oje Sylvester Ilevbare (Nigeria)
Youmna Hashem (Egypt/Lebanon)

The Kepler’s – 452b
Darin Kablaoui (Kuwait)
Detlef Hummes (Kuwait)
Hala Al-Faisal (Syria)

Faisal Hareth Al-Bader (Kuwait)
Mohamed Atif Ali (Kuwait)
Mona Al Majed (Kuwait)




1st Runner Up


2nd Runner Up

Diabetes Lifecycle Management System

Judges Choice

The Concept Crew

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Prof. Tariq A. Aldowaisan

Prof. Mushtak Al-Atabi

Yvonne Lim

Dania Haddad