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.

A member of Team Passive stated, “The sky is the limit.  We thank Qatar University and our college as well and Shell Ideas360 for giving us this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go beyond what we thought we could achieve. Representing the entire Middle East, we feel the pressure and stress, yet it's inspiring and a source of pride. We are thrilled to take on this challenge and are determined to win."

The parents of the finalists expressed their pride in their daughters’ success.  Fatma’s father said,” I am very happy to see my daughter competing in Shell Ideas360 and going through to the finals. This is a great learning and development opportunity, in addition to being a proud achievement.”

Rob Sherwin, General Manager of Corporate Affairs and Deputy Country Chair at Qatar Shell, said, “We are extremely happy and pleased that a Qatari team has made it to the Shell Ideas360 finals. This is a true testament to the caliber and ambition of Qatar University students. At Shell, we aim to nurture local talent and develop human capabilities which are closely aligned with the Qatar National Vision 2030 aspiration, enabling Qatari youth to realize fulfilling professional careers and to take on leadership positions.”

QU Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer Dr Mazen Hasna said, “This achievement underlines the quality of our students and their creativity and innovativeness. We are extremely proud of them representing QU, Qatar and the Middle East and wish them all the best in the final stage.”

Shell Ideas360 is more than just a global competition.  For the participants, it is an exciting journey of learning and discovery where they can collaborate with innovators from different parts of the world, including working with Shell experts and mentors to expand their creative thinking. Its aim is to raise awareness of population growth, climate change and increased resource demands, which adds stress to the existing supply of energy, water and food.

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