YIA PROTOTYPE COMPETITION
Sponsored by Mobinil, BG Egypt, SADCO and Yomken.com
Objective: The prototype competition is a national competition which provides grant awards to young Egyptian innovators who develop innovative prototypes and products in the fields of science and technology. The prototypes should help solve challenges faced in the Egyptian industry and help introduce new innovation in the market.
· Top 10 winners: 25,000 EGY
· 3 Special Prizes for runners-up, focused on products (not services) that are not high intensive in technology:
A Prototype Exhibition (Innovation Pavilion) is held annually to offer a platform for young innovators to showcase their inventions to investors, business people, policy makers other scientists and researchers from various disciplines, and, entrepreneurs. This exhibition provides an opportunity to young innovators to network and further develop business ideas, projects and partnerships. It also offers an excellent opportunity for investors, business people and interested stakeholders to have access to the young innovators and their innovative prototypes.
This is basically a very useful tool to empower the innovators to take execute their ideas into prototypes and develop their prototypes into more commercial-able ones.
The competition has two phases. Initially, 30 projects will be selected to participate in the competition. Then, 10 prototypes will be showcased in a special ceremony.
The YIA-Prototype Design competition builds on the success of the Young Innovators' Awards (YIA) – to stimulate a culture of research and development among technical students of Engineering, Science and Agriculture. In support of their final-year graduation projects, the project currently provides awards to students based on their proposals for innovative ideas linking education to industry. YIA-PD, offered once per academic year, takes this project to the next level, providing grant awards to graduates and student groups (each comprising 4 or 5 students on average) based on their actual prototypes. The screened and selected prototypes will be expected to be the seed for new business start-ups and other business projects that students could undertake after graduation. The competition is announced at all 18 Egyptian Public Universities Faculties of Engineering, Agriculture, and Science. YIA-PD awardees will receive an award of EGP 25,000 each.
What are the Prototype awards?
The top 10 winning projects will be awarded EGP 25,000 each. Recipients will use the financial award as seed money for their business start-ups.
A special prize will be given to the most innovative low-tech product through an online voting campaign sponsored by yomken.com. The top 3 winner teams will receive $1000, $600, $400 respectively.
Who can apply?
The prototype competition is open to all Egyptians: Ages of 18 and above; you can apply as an individual or as a team. Team members must choose a team leader, who will be the sole point of contact for competition and must represent the team in all Sha3'al's trainings and events.
How to Apply?
1. Fill in the application below.
2. Press submit button at the end of the page.
3. Attach (Submit) a one minute video for your project and send it to email@example.com. The email subject must include the Prototype's name.
► Each applicant cannot submit more than one project.
► Each project should submit a letter of recommendation from a technical expert in their field of application, which means that applicants need to provide reference from a technical expert confirming that the proposed project could be executed and will benefit the society.
► Applications should be submitted using the prototype Application Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1P-UfNvUlb8Fh_xrEUOCXb5DPdxPjUAaNd0rGuNCNuZg/edit
► Submissions must be in English.
► Submitted applications should not exceed 10 pages.
► All application pages should be numbered.
► Project title should be kept as brief as possible.
Application Deadline October 15th, 2013
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