8 May 2017
Tomouh Fourth Phase Closing Ceremony Holds

The closing ceremony of Tomouh Competition Phase Four 2016-2017 for youth social entrepreneurship was held on May 7 at the Ministry of Youth and Sports premises, where the winning projects were announced, and prizes and certificates of appreciation were awarded.

Tomouh Competition—falling under the youth social entrepreneurship program— is implemented under the supervision of the Central Administration for Community Development, represented by the Egyptian ICT Trust Fund (ICT-TF) of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

MCIT seeks to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in ICTs through a number of programs that provide technical, training and marketing support to entrepreneurs.

launched first in 2011, the Competition aims at encouraging young people to innovate pioneering ideas that impact the society via ICTs. Tomouh targets Egyptian youth aged 18 - 35 years old, aiming to promote their entrepreneurship ideas; stimulate their innovation to start small projects; and build their capacity in order to contribute to overcoming social and environmental problems, while providing opportunities to ensure these projects’ sustainability.

The arbitration session was held in late January, where ideas of projects were showcased in presentations made by a team of young innovators. The arbitration was carried out by a number of experts and consultants in the fields of community development and entrepreneurship using ICTs.

During the ceremony, winning projects were announced, and winners were honored and awarded prizes. Certificates of appreciation were distributed to outstanding trainers and young people.

“My Pharmacy” project won the first place; the project seeks to create a mobile application to deliver medicine and home treatment services to the client. This is in addition to searching for the nearest pharmacies where medication is available.

The second-place winner project is an electronic reader to help Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) by creating a device that plays audio files stored on a memory card chip inside a tablet, where the reader sends specific signals to play each audio file separately when pressing the button. The application runs on tablets with Android system.

The third winning project is the "re-operation and production of power supplies", aiming to repair damaged power supplies and resale them at a lower cost and with higher quality. The project serves the electronics market via the disposal of the damaged e-waste.

The fourth winner is the “complain” project, an online complaint system, operating through creating an electronic application to send all kinds of complaints to the specialized governmental authority to solve them. The complainant can follow up on the complaint process.

The fifth winning project is “fares electronic channel” which aims at establishing a channel for PwDs in all fields based on the fourth generation (4G) technological breakthrough to facilitate the communication among team members and correspondents to raise awareness and disseminate PwDs achievements on "YouTube".

Moreover, the "hydroponics technology" project won the sixth place. The project aims to solve shortage problems of water and agriculture areas by controlling hydroponics. It depends on e-marketing through the company's website, social networking pages and adverts on “Youtube” channels.

the seventh-place winner project is "mama Egypt", which aims to establish an electronic market to help housewives, charities and female entrepreneurs to market, sell and deliver their products of clothing and handmade accessories, made at homes or associations to open new sale channels.

Finally, the eighth project is related to the disposal of waste and how it can be recycled which could benefit people and provide employment opportunities for youth. The project aims to link places, where the waste is produced, with the beneficiaries, identifying places to collect them and promoting awareness in the community about waste disposal and recycling methods, while opening markets for green products.

Young people who participated in the Competition were trained on skills of entrepreneurship, project planning and management, feasibility studies preparation, as well as other skills of presentation, sales, e-marketing, online knowledge management, and photography and video taking techniques.

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