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    ICT Minister Honors ‘GE Egypt Digital Innovation Challenge' Winners

    Cairo, 22 May 2017

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser ElKady honored, today, the winners of “GE Egypt Digital Innovation Challenge”, held under the patronage of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), and in partnership between the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) and General Electric (GE)-Egypt.

    In his speech at the ceremony, ElKady highlighted the significance of young people participation in implementing the state’s projects related to digital transformation. He pointed out to the importance of forging partnerships and alliances with international technology companies to transfer knowledge and enable young people in technology fields to innovate in all aspects of life.


    In this context, the ICT Minister reviewed the sector’s strategy to promote local technological innovation industry, referring to efforts exerted to develop a supportive work environment, including developing legislation, improving infrastructure, establishing technology parks and incubation projects, as well as providing training and job opportunities.

    ElKady ascertained that the State is seeking to harness available potentials and provide sources of knowledge, education, learning and professional training for innovators. He pointed out that the fruits of this success have begun to emerge through the results of the various initiatives— adopted by TIEC and similar centers in Egypt— including innovations and distinguished researches that contribute to develop the society and assist young people to compete effectively at the international level.

    For her part, the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) CEO Asmaa Hosni said that ITIDA adopted many projects and initiatives in cooperation with universities and institutions that support innovators and creators to enable technology competencies to serve local, regional and international markets. She stated that providing training to Egyptian talents on specialized and advanced technologies such as Predix— GE platform for the industrial Internet—will boost the creative powers of innovators to find solutions for the industrial sector supported by Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

    In a related context, GE President and CEO for North East Africa Ayman Khattab said that GE is proud to partner with TIEC in this initiative, hailing the support provided by MCIT to make this initiative a success, and looking forward to maintaining this partnership to contribute to Egypt’s digital transformation. GE believes that Egypt’s promising calibers will enable it become a global hub in software development, and part of GE commitment to Egypt is to provide young people with the resources that enable them to contribute significantly and substantially to the current and future industrial challenges, he added.

    The competition featured 188 contestants from 18 governorates, including entrepreneurs, university students and software developers, where they submitted innovative solutions to challenges in the sectors of energy, healthcare and transportation. The jury included 11 arbitrators from TIEC, GE- Egypt, UAE, USA (GE Digital, GE Renewable Energy, GE Energy Connections, GE Healthcare, GE Transportation). The winning teams received a cash prize of 100,000 Egyptian pounds and a one-year license to use GE industrial Internet solutions platform “Predix” which connects industrial assets and analyzes data to optimize industrial infrastructure and operations. This is in addition to providing practical training on software development.

    About Winning Ideas and Teams:

    Energy:
    § Develop a digital solution that helps stabilize the national electrical grid with the entry and exit of various sources of energy, such as solar, wind, gas and coal.

    § The winning solution is a program that measures the voltage and the electric current of each of the three phases of the distribution grid circuit in the national electricity grid in Egypt and connects it to a control box that monitors and analyzes data. This solution allows to feed single-phase voltage-source and switching easily between phases according to the electric current load, thus reducing the instability in the electrical grid and enhance its efficiency.
     
    § The winner is Ibrahim ElSaid Ibrahim, a 26-year-old master's student in science and engineering and works as an electrical engineer in the field of power generation.


    Health Services:
    § Develop a digital solution that helps hospitals track their equipment and devices in terms of location and status, thereby enhancing operations.

    § The winning solution is an application that connects Bluetooth receivers on devices and mobile phones to help track the status and location of medical devices. The system also supports Bluetooth carriers to locate the medical staff and employees within the medical work environment, enhancing the efficiency of work within any medical institution and improving its ability to manage its assets.
     
    §  The winners are Hani Fathi Hamad and Talal Osama Al-Shabrawi, two professors in telecommunications engineering at the German University in Cairo (GUC).

    Transportation:
    § Develop a digital solution to monitor remotely the rail fleet to record information on operations, maintenance cycles and scheduling.
     
    §  The winning solution is a control system that takes advantage of IoT technology, by collecting data from receivers in locomotives and transport vehicles, and moving them to a control center that helps drivers analyze data and monitor rail fleet. This ultimately helps to detect problems before arising, and helps manage the transport fleet, thus enhancing railway efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, traffic problems and road accidents.
     
    §  The winning team is the Egyptian Smart Transport Cargo (ESTC), which consists of a number of students; namely, Yasir Ashosh, Amr Abdeen, Haytham Tag, and Mohammed Gaafar, students at the Faculty of Engineering, specialized in electronic mechanics at Benha University in Banha. The team involves also Dr. Nader Mansour, an Electromechanics Professor at Banha University.






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