Challenge and Innovation Forum Qatar 2021
The Challenge and Innovation Forum (CIF) Qatar 2021, organized by the Ministry of Sports and Youth represented by the Qatar Scientific Club, under the slogan "With Mind, We Solve Problems," at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) concluded Thursday with the participation of 100 innovators from 38 countries.
During the closing ceremony of the forum, HE Minister of Sports and Youth Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali honored the winners and representatives of the participating parties, including representatives of the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA), Qatar Development Bank (QDB), the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Qatar Foundation, Qatar University, and the first generation of the Qatar Scientific Club. He also honored the International Federation of Inventors' Associations (IFIA), the Islamic Youth Cooperation Forum, the Kuwait Scientific Club, the Oman Makers Center, and the head of the jury, David Farooqi.
The "D" team consisting of eight inventors won the first prize, a prize of QR250,000, in the collective competition, in which eight teams competed, for inventing the "secure hero" device to protect recordings and prevent espionage or penetration of phone calls.
The "F" team came in second place, a prize of QR150,000, for their invention of the "train me" device, which is an intelligent system linked to an application that helps to perform exercises correctly.
The "A" team finished third, a prize of QR100,000, for their invention of a "pulse" device that helps the pregnant mother follow the heartbeat of the fetus. The decision on the funding award for the projects nominated has been postponed and will be announced later by the jury.
In the individual competition, the State of Qatar won the most important prizes. Qatari inventors Khaled Abu Jassoum won first place and a prize of QR200,000 riyals for his invention "Oliver", the smart cooking robot. Mohamed Mahdi Al Dosari came in second place and a prize of QR100,000 for his invention of a device for tracking birds and animals. Dr. Ibrahim Al Maslamani ranked fourth for his invention of a fishhook, jointly with the inventor from the Kingdom of Swaziland, for her invention of a device to protect horses from respiratory diseases, and a prize of QR30,000 each. The inventor Mohamed Al Qasabi came in fifth place and a prize of QR20,000 for his invention of the offside performance analysis system in football.
The third place went to Kuwaiti Hussain Bumajdad and a prize of QR50,000 for the invention of the emergency door opening device. The winning innovators were crowned with gold, silver, and bronze medals, amounting to 17 gold, 49 silver, 13 bronze, and 11 platinum categories.
In the promising innovator competition, the team of Souda Bint Zamaa Preparatory School for Girls won first place, Al Andalus Private School came in second place, and the team of Qatar Secondary School for Science and Technology finished in third place.
IFIA President chose to honor the Qatari inventor Khaled Abu Jassoum, and the Jordanian inventor, Dr. Noha Abu Youssef, who invented the "oco-blink" that can be worn to help control paralyzed muscles. KAHRAMAA chose to honor the Qatari inventor Saleh Safran, the creator of a gas leakage detector.
In his speech during the closing ceremony of the Challenge and Innovation Forum, Director General of the Islamic Youth Cooperation Forum (ICYF) Rasul Omarov praised the forum, which renews cooperation between Doha and ICYF.
Omarov praised the efforts made by the Ministry of Sports and Youth to embrace innovators from different countries, stressing that this event confirms the ability of Islamic youth to achieve sustainable renaissance and development in their countries.
Noha Abu Youssef, delivered the inventors' speech, in which she expressed her happiness with the level of organization and competition, noting that it brought together innovators around the world to work together in a collective spirit to research new innovations, stressing that the forum added to her colleagues many values, the most important of which was cooperation and achievement from the stage of ideas until production is what earned them a lot of experience.
In a generous gesture, the first generation of the pioneers and founders of the Qatar Scientific Club were honored, namely: Eng. Mohamed Yaqoub Al Sayed, Khaled Mubarak Al Muftah, Khaled Saleh Al Yafei, Hassan Abdullah Al Abdullah, Rashid Ali Ibrahim, Issa Rabia Al Kuwari, and the international arbitrator, Dr. Adnan Ramzan Al Nuaimi.
The speech of the founders was delivered by Eng. Mohamed Yaqoub Al Sayed, who explained that the idea of the club came in the early 70s when they were in secondary school, and there was a reluctance at that time to join the scientific department and go to the literary department, the thought was to establish a club that would direct and educate young people scientifically. He added that it was started in one of the youth centers, then the foundation was established in the early 80s, and today, the club has become a prominent center among the specialized centers in the region as a result of the efforts of successive generations and the care of the state for more than 40 years.
On her part, Director of Youth Affairs Department at the Ministry of Sports and Youth Maha Al Rumaihi stressed the importance of celebrating the innovators as distinguished people in other fields are highly appreciated, however, creativity and scientific innovation remain the engine of every development and the greatest influence in determining the status of countries and peoples in the world.
Al Rumaihi explained that the ministry harnessed all its capabilities to help inventors and maintain success in the upcoming editions of the forum.
Qatari inventor Khaled Abu Jassoum, winner of first place in the individual competition, stated that his smart cooking robot device has been patented in eight countries so far. He stressed that winning first place in a large forum in which 100 inventors from 38 countries participated confirms that the Qatari innovator can compete on a global level.