The team comprising Fatma Fakhroo, Hadeel Salh and Sarah Tariq from QU College of Engineering will compete against 4 other teams from around the world in the final. Their compelling idea looks at solving a problem which is close to home and affects all regions with a similarly hot climate. The team designed a ‘passive house’ which uses less energy, the objective being to redefine urban living by merging new technologies while adopting old architectural techniques to achieve a new level of sustainability.
The students are representing the Middle East in the competition having won at their university level in Stage One. In Stage Two, six teams from universities in Qatar developed their ideas with the help of Shell mentors and subject matter experts. In Stage Three, Team Passive was selected the winning team to head to the final.
The competing teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges in the hope of winning a once-in-a-lifetime journey - a National Geographic expedition. Additionally, the best ideas will be considered for funding by Shell’s “Game Changer” programme, which has invested over $300 million to date towards commercializing new ideas.