Shell Ideas360 returns to Qatar
Oct 27, 2015
Shell is inviting all university students in Qatar to participate in the ‘Shell Ideas360’ competition. The competition encourages students around the world to create, share and collaboratively develop game-changing ideas to help tackle global challenges associated with energy, water and food availability. Shell is collaborating with local universities to launch the global competition for the second year in Qatar.
The competition provides participants with an exciting opportunity to develop their ideas into a ‘potentially investment-worthy’ business case with the support of mentors and subject matter experts. Students can submit their ideas until 15th of December 2015.
This is the third season of the competition but the second time in Qatar. In a stunning achievement last year, “Passive House” team from Qatar University (QU) was selected as one of the top five finalists from thousands of ideas submitted from around the world to participate in the finals for Shell Ideas360 global competition, held in The Netherlands in May.
The team comprising Fatma Fakhroo, Hadeel Salh and Sarah Tariq from the Qatar University College of Engineering competed against four other teams in the final. Their compelling idea looked 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 of their design was to redefine urban living by merging new technologies while adopting old architectural techniques to achieve a new level of sustainability.
How the competition works
The process for Shell Ideas360 involves three key stages. In stage one, participants share and submit their initial concepts. These will be evaluated by a team of Shell experts and up to 100 ideas globally will be selected to go through to stage two. At stage two, participants will further develop their ideas with the help of Shell mentors and subject matter experts. In stage three, five teams or individuals will be invited to Shell’s Global Fuel Challenge Race and the Shell Eco-Marathon Europe in London, to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.
Exciting prizes on offer
The winning students will embark on an once-in-a-lifetime journey: a National Geographic Expedition. In addition to this, the best ideas will be considered for funding by the Shell Game Changer programme, which has invested over USD $300 million to date. Gamechanger has worked with over 1,500 innovators, turning more than 100 ideas into reality. Last year, 668 teams from 44 countries entered Shell Ideas360, making the global student competition a huge success.
Maha Al-Mannai, University collaboration Manager at Qatar Shell said, “The ‘Shell Ideas360’ competition is a great platform that enables university students in Qatar to collaborate with their peers around the world, to be creative and innovative on important global issues, and demonstrate strong leadership qualities and communication skills.”
Shell Ideas 360 was launched in September in Qatar. It started with a visit to Texas A&M University at Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar and Qatar University.
Participating students in Qatar will be part of an online student community set up to allow students from around the world to create teams and discuss ideas. All students in Qatar are eligible to join the competition simply by registering at www.Shellideas360.com
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