Amer­i­can University of Kuwait, Coun­try Part­ner for Chal­lenge 22 for the 2nd Con­sec­u­tive Cy­cle

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For the 2nd con­sec­u­tive cy­cle, the Amer­i­can University of Kuwait (AUK) will be the Coun­try Part­ner in Chal­lenge 22, a Qatar-led ini­tia­tive, launched by the Supreme Com­mit­tee for De­liv­ery & Legacy (SC). Chal­lenge 22 pro­motes in­no­va­tion through award­ing gen­er­ous re­search and de­vel­op­ment grants to par­tic­i­pants with the best ideas. Chal­lenge 22 is in as­so­ci­a­tion with coun­try am­bas­sadors in each of the ten par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries and strate­gic part­ners in­clud­ing the Qatar Na­tional Re­search Fund (QNRF), Wamda and the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (MIT) En­ter­prise Fo­rum Pan-Arab. The in­no­va­tion award pro­vides en­trepreneurs, sci­en­tists and pi­o­neers from across the Arab world with the tools and re­sources they need to turn their ideas into a last­ing pos­i­tive legacy.

AUK hosted an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on Oc­to­ber 17th, where rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Chal­lenge 22 in­tro­duced the ini­tia­tive to the pub­lic and pro­vided an over­view of the ap­pli­ca­tion process and cri­te­ria for par­tic­i­pa­tion. The rep­re­sen­ta­tives also shared suc­cess sto­ries from the cy­cle in early 2015. In its role as Coun­try Part­ner for Chal­lenge 22, AUK will pro­mote the ini­tia­tive lo­cally, and en­cour­age lo­cal in­no­va­tors to par­tic­i­pate and rep­re­sent Kuwait. The event was open to mem­bers of the AUK com­mu­nity and the pub­lic.

“The Amer­i­can University of Kuwait un­der its mis­sion is com­mit­ted to fos­ter­ing a cul­ture of in­no­va­tion and ac­cord­ingly we are very proud to be a coun­try part­ner for Chal­lenge 22. We be­lieve that Chal­lenge 22 of­fer ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties to stu­dents at AUK and Kuwait not only to show­case their ideas and tal­ents but to con­nect to other tal­ented stu­dents in the re­gion,” said Pro­fes­sor Nizar Hamzeh, AUK Pres­i­dent.

“En­gag­ing with the par­tic­i­pants from Kuwait was an in­spir­ing and en­cour­ag­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and fur­ther sup­ports Chal­lenge 22’s be­lief in the po­ten­tial the Arab world has to of­fer in the field of in­no­va­tion,” said Fatma Al Nuaimi, Legacy Se­nior Man­ager at the SC, “Thanks to our col­lab­o­ra­tion with AUK and its sup­port, we were able to spark ex­cit­ing dis­cus­sion and di­a­logue with the at­ten­dees and en­cour­age them to pur­sue their ideas, no mat­ter how small or large they seemed. We look for­ward to see­ing the sub­mis­sions com­ing from Kuwait.”

The sec­ond cy­cle of Chal­lenge 22, which runs from 27 Septem­ber, 2016 to 11 May, 2017, aims to in­spire in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions in four key ar­eas: sus­tain­abil­ity, health & safety, the in­ter­net of things, and tourism ex­pe­ri­ence. For this cy­cle, Chal­lenge 22 has also ex­panded its reach be­yond the six Gulf coun­tries to in­clude Egypt, Jor­dan, Morocco and Tu­nisia. The sub­mis­sion dead­line for the first phase is De­cem­ber 12th, 2016.

The SC, with its part­ners that will host the in­no­va­tion award, have al­ways be­lieved that young peo­ple in the Arab world have great cre­ativ­ity and po­ten­tial. Chal­lenge 22 will en­sure that when the world is watch­ing the Mid­dle East in 2022, Arab in­no­va­tion is in the spot­light.

For more in­for­ma­tion and how to ap­ply, please visit the award’s of­fi­cial web­site at: www.chal­lenge22.qa

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