Phi Applied Research and Innovation Challenge

Phi’s Applied Research and Innovation Challenges
PARIC’19
Deadline May 25th 2019
Amman, Jordan

Looking around to where the world is heading, many challenges have emerged from the need of enhancing quality of life, avoiding disastrous circumstances, or overcoming existing complications from human development. The world started working on finding and implementing solutions that integrates breakthrough technologies, however; Arab countries are losing in this race for technology development.

To spark and applaud innovation among young scientists (ages 16-30) in Jordan and around the Arab region, PARIC launches this annual competition that takes place in Phi’s Research and Innovation Summit (PRIS) in Jordan. The competition sheds light on existing worldwide problems, with a special focus on regional problems. It will convene brilliant individuals/teams in Jordan and the Arab region to find innovative solutions/ideas and turn it into working prototypes.

PARIC aims to be the place where innovators from all over the Arab region gather to present their outstanding ideas and prototypes for worldwide challenges in a 1000+ event. The winners will receive a prize to pursue their projects and turn them into market ready products.

 

Challenges Phases:

This year, PARIC is highlighting three well-defined major sectors that contain multiple challenges. Each challenge will be designed in two stages:

1) An initial stage that seeks innovative ideas on a specific topic, where one idea from each sub-challenge will be identified by a panel of expert judges. This stage will include filling the application form that shows your full understanding of your prototype in the period between Mar 24th and May 25th, 2019.

2) A second phase wherein the top chosen teams/Individuals will be awarded a small research fund to develop their ideas further. In the period between May 28th and Aug 3rd, finalists should work on developing an initial working prototype or a proof of concept to be presented in front of the judging panel in the summit, Aug 6th, 2019.

 

PARIC’19 Objectives:

  1. Enabling youth to innovate and create solutions.
  2. Empowering young projects to grow and nourish.
  3. Tackling regional problems and finding suitable solutions.
  4. Promoting new ideas from small scientific projects to larger enterprises.
  5. Highlighting young innovators and researchers through selecting and honoring winners.
  6. Connecting youth with leading investors.

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Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be between 16 – 30 years old.
  • All Arab nationalities are eligible to apply.
  • The application can be submitted by an individual or a team of up to 4 members.
  • Applicants can participate with one team only.
  • All team members must be within the eligibility criteria specified above.
  • Teams consisting from members of different disciplines are preferred.
  • Solutions must be technology-integrated.

 

Terms & Condition:

Please note that any information provided by the applicants will be confidential and will not be shared with any other parties.

Read the terms & conditions below very carefully before filling the application.

  1. Applications’ submission starts from March 24th, 2019 until midnight of May 4th, 2019.
  2. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  3. Teams may not add or drop members after the assigned deadline.
  4. All applications must be fully completed, otherwise will be excluded immediately.
  5. Only applications submitted through the website form will be accepted.
  6. Scientific fraud and misconduct at any level of the competition will lead to exclusion  from any Phi competition. This includes plagiarism, forgery, use or presentation of other’s work as one’s own and fabrication of data.
  7. All contributors to the idea must be mentioned and stated.
  8. Each team/ individual can apply for one challenge under each sector. For example, a team can apply to two challenges from different sectors, such as applying to the“Renewable Energy Efficiency” and “Future of Electric and Self-Driving Cars”.
  9. An application submitted by a team must designate one team member as the team leader for contact and competition administrative purposes.
  10. Multiple applications for the same sub-challenge by the same team will cause the team to be disqualified.
  11. The top chosen applicants from the first stage will be asked to send the following:
      1. A Short 1-2 minutes video summarizing their projects.
      2. Their pictures and biographies.
      3. Their presentations at least 1 week before the summit.
      4. A poster to be presented at the summit exhibition summarizing their work.

 

Challenges Prize:

For each challenge, a winning team will have the chance to win a project funding prize up to $7,500 USD. This prize will be used to develop the project in the upcoming 6 to 8 months post-summit into a working prototype that can be used to get additional fund.

Winners will be asked for a biweekly progress report to ensure the growth of their work. Through our network, we will connect our winners with interested investors in their product sector.

 

Judging Criteria:

PARIC will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Impact: How effective and influential is your solution?
  • Innovation: How original or creative is your proposed solution?
  • Clarity: How clear are your goals and timeline?
  • Feasibility: Can your stated goals be accomplished within time, cost, and resource constraints?
  • Potential: Do the analysis results have the potential to make a difference?
  • Sustainability: How the proposed idea will keep affecting the society in the future?

Challenges

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Challenge #1 ||  Challenge #2 ||  Challenge #3 ||  Challenge #4

 

Challenge #1: Renewable Energy

As the world is moving towards using the cheapest form of producing electricity, replacing fuel energy with renewable energy is performed to preserve scarce energy resources and reduce CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels. According to the Global States report 2018 issued by REN 21, the world is producing only 26% of its electricity from renewable energy resources. Also, still more than 1 billion people worldwide lack access to electricity. The necessity of providing electrical power to these unserved populations and the cost reduction in providing renewable energy are causing a significant jump in demand in the upcoming decades, which means that the opportunity for total transformation to renewable energy resources is at its greatest levels now.

Nowadays, the biggest problem with renewable energy is intermittency, and storing the excess electricity during the perfect conditions from renewable energy resources is very critical and expensive today. On the other hand, conventional energy resources generation is possible 24/7. However; a lot of essential challenges need to be tackled urgently to support reliance on renewable energy. This can be achieved through multiple ways using technology.

 

  • The Challenge:

Create and design innovative, practical and feasible solutions to achieve a reliable electrical supply continuity from renewable energy resources, or upgrade the optimization level of renewable energy generation through integrating with different technologies to reach the same purpose of continuity. You should be able to enhance the level of renewable energy efficiency to an extent that helps in replacing the fuel energy through improving the methods of renewable energy storing process.

Note: Define the problem you want to solve. You need to do your research and discover your target market need. Your literature review can include reading relevant articles or research papers, reviewing current attempts to address the issue and even interviewing experts and people affected directly by the problem to better understand their needs.

Challenge #2: Climate Change Data Applications

For everything we know about climate change and global warming, there is much more we are still ignorant about. Sensors are already collecting huge data on various features such as rain, soil, and forest cover which can be very beneficial.

This global “data revolution” is propagating in the whole world, and more data is being generated now than ever before, offering unprecedented opportunities for analyzing digital data to provide valuable insights into the real problems behind climate change to be able to mitigate them. Through using this data and integrating technology, we can push the wheel of innovation forward to reach more logical relations between different climate change features.

 

  • The Challenge:

Applicants are encouraged to address data analytic algorithms to discover new relations between different features of climate change that will be of a great help for governments to reach to a higher consciousness level in the causes behind climate change.

Applicants are recommended to use a variety of data analysis algorithms to address the problem they chose in climate change. Training datasets can be used from online open-sources, to achieve a well-structured prediction or analyzing algorithm when required, such as:

  • Classification Algorithms: a supervised data mining technique which classifies samples in a dataset to be recognized into classes.
  • Regression: discovering data relationships by fitting the data to functions to find the well-fitted parameters.
  • Neural Network Analysis: studying relationships between ’nodes’ of climate change features and related parameters.
  • Any other related algorithms are applicable.

Any computational tools and resources can be used to address the problem.

Note: Define the problem you want to solve. You need to do your research and discover your target market need. Your literature review can include reading relevant articles or research papers, reviewing current attempts to address the issue and even interviewing experts and people affected directly by the problem to better understand their needs.

 

Challenge #3: Food Security

According to the World Health Organization, more than 2 billion people suffer from some degree of deficiency in one or more micronutrients in the whole world, half of them are children between 6 months and 5 years old. According to the World Bank, the MENA population specifically has tripled from 100 million in 1960 to more than 450 million people in 2017 and is projected to continue to grow at an annual rate of 1.7 percent. This increase in population lead to higher rates of people suffering from malnutrition around the world.

Food affects our health in many ways, besides providing us with energy, food contains fatty acids, protein, vitamins, and other beneficial constituents such as fibre, that are essential for having a healthy body and mind. Thus, thinking of technology-integrated solutions has been sought after for many years to ensure providing population worldwide with better level of food security.

 

  • The Challenge:

Applicants shall design and implement innovative and feasible technology-based solutions to achieve a better level of food security. The prototype/ proof of concept shall target any of the following areas:

  • Enhancing current methods of agriculture and farming practices management.
  • Providing new technological or Improving the quality and cost of current food delivering methods.
  • Securing healthy food easily to urban areas with enhancing water-food-energy nexus.
  • Managing food security through food waste and loss.
  • Improving food safety along the food chain.
  • Other well defined problems related to food security.


Note: Define the problem you want to solve. You need to do your research and discover your target market need. Your literature review can include reading relevant articles or research papers, reviewing current attempts to address the issue and even interviewing experts and people affected directly by the problem to better understand their needs.

 

Challenge #4: Clean Water

Here’s a simple fact: Water is life, every human being needs water to survive, and with rapid urbanization and climate change, water is increasingly becoming a scarce resource in many communities around the world, especially in the Middle East. According to WHOlives, in 2018, more than 1 billion people in the world still wake up each morning with zero access to clean water sources.

According to the UN SDG’s: “3 in 10 people lack access to safely managed drinking water services, and 6 in 10 people lack access to safely managed sanitation facilities”. In 2017, global companies committed US$23.4 billion across more than 1,000 projects to tackle water risks across 91 countries worldwide, including desalination, reclaiming wastewater and improving irrigation to avoid droughts. As for Jordan with a water availability of just 145 m3 per person annually, a figure that is projected to drop to just 91 m3 by 2025. All these statistics indicate the huge need to provide clean water which will never stop.

 

  • The Challenge:

Applicants are encouraged to design and implement technology-based solutions to utilize water more efficiently by reducing wastewater and maintaining freshwater resources with promoting and developing the management of integrated water resources, taking into consideration the measurements that would be necessary to secure the population in the near future with fresh water.

Note: Define the problem you want to solve. You need to do your research and discover your target market need. Your literature review can include reading relevant articles or research papers, reviewing current attempts to address the issue and even interviewing experts and people affected directly by the problem to better understand their needs.

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Challenge #1 || Challenge #2 || Challenge #3

 

Challenge #1: Future of Electric and Self-Driving Cars

Due to the detrimental effect that conventional fossil fuel vehicles are having on the environment, as well as the current concerns about the scarcity of traditional energy sources, the world is shifting its attention toward working on electrical cars, adding the disruptive technology of self-driving aiming to decrease the death rate and come up with safer future cars.

Consumers can expect the luxury of having a private automatic driving car. The developments taking place in this field are moving at a very fast pace. Nevertheless, many challenges and obstacles remain. Extensive research is currently being carried out in order to obtain the best results in terms of electric vehicles that are self-driving.

 

  • The Challenge:

Participants are encouraged to explore and suggest solutions for the development process of the electric and self-driving cars, by enhancing any of the automated subsystems using innovative and feasible technology, such as:

  • Optimising battery life and improving the charging process.
  • Increasing cars interaction to obtain good autocommunication.
  • Facilitating cars auto navigation, guidance and safety.
  • Creating more suitable streets Infrastructure for self-driving cars.
  • Other innovative ideas that enhance any other important aspects.

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Note: Define the problem you want to solve. You need to do your research and discover your target market need. Your literature review can include reading relevant articles or research papers, reviewing current attempts to address the issue and even interviewing experts and people affected directly by the problem to better understand their needs.

 

Challenge #2: Smart Cities Data Application

As stating the smart cities approach by “achieving meaningful outcomes for residents through the use of data and connected technology”, this concept can be adopted by any community globally. The rapid rise in urban populations has put a tremendous strain on global infrastructure and the environment, which consequently will affect the modernization process negatively, yet implementing “smart cities” approach with the use of technology would effectively upgrade population’s living experiences, by operating as one big data-driven ecosystem.

Researchers and innovators have come together to describe what solutions can be addressed for the inevitable limited resources, by applying their skills in data science and machine learning to come up with state-of-art futuristic software applications.

 

  • The Challenge:

Participants are encouraged to submit innovative and feasible solutions to build and promote software applications that collect, analyze and present data in an intelligent manner for enhancing the construction of smart cities through applying the up-to-date methods, such as: data science and machine learning, and integrating it with any other software algorithms.

Training datasets can be used from online open-sources or any other preferred source, to achieve a well-structured prediction or analyzing algorithm when required, such as:

  • Classification algorithms: A supervised data mining technique which classifies samples in a dataset to be recognized into classes.
  • Regression: Discovering data relationships by fitting the data to functions to find the well-fitted parameters.
  • Neural Network analysis: Studying relationships between ’nodes’ of different features and related parameters.
  • Any other related algorithms are applicable.

Any computational tools and resources are valid to use.

Chale
Note: Define the problem you want to solve. You need to do your research and discover your target market need. Your literature review can include reading relevant articles or research papers, reviewing current attempts to address the issue and even interviewing experts and people affected directly by the problem to better understand their needs.

 

Challenge #3: Educational Technology

Despite the increasing adoption of technologies in the teaching process, there is still a problem with its widespread implementation. Most of the older teachers seem to lack the understanding of how new technology works and the way this technology is implemented. This gap is either leading to wrong and inefficient implementation of technology or not using it at all.

According to “The NMC Horizon Report”, which examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative expression within the environment of pre-college education, six key issues were concluded that they suggest be addressed:

  1. Professional development for the teachers.
  2. Resistance to change to technology adoption in teaching.
  3. Applying Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) at schools.
  4. Delivering informal learning.
  5. Failures of personalized learning (i.e., tailored education for every learner).
  6. Failure to use technology to deliver effective formative assessments.

 

  • The Challenge:

Participants are encouraged to design and implement solutions that would enhance the process of technology adoption in the teaching process tackling any of the six key issues mentioned above using innovative and feasible solutions, such as:

  • Increasing shift toward online and technology-driven collaborative learning.
  • Upgrading the implementation of e-books and personal learning devices in the teaching process.
  • Developing material, online assessment and examination as well as the submission of projects using technology.
  • Improving the teaching process IT Infrastructure, data storage and Virtual and cloud solutions.
  • Implementing 3D and animation-driven teaching.
  • Any other technological applications that would enhance the teaching process.

 

Note: Define the problem you want to solve. You need to do your research and discover your target market need. Your literature review can include reading relevant articles or research papers, reviewing current attempts to address the issue and even interviewing experts and people affected directly by the problem to better understand their needs.

Challenge: Future of Healthcare

According to the WHO, the global access to healthcare services remains the single largest unmet medical need. Two billion people still lack access to the medicine they need, and around four hundred million lack access to essential health services. Also, according to The American Journal of Medicine, 15% of all medical cases are misdiagnosed in developed countries.

Due to their impact on patients’ care, the deployment of any new technology in the healthcare sector can easily have a huge impact on a wide range of clinical, support and business operations. Additionally, implementing a strategic technology process and developing the technology support infrastructure are also necessary to achieve the substantial benefits to patient care and economic sustainability.

 

  • The Challenge:

Participants are encouraged to design and implement solutions to integrate technology with healthcare, in order to create and provide new possibilities for patients and their primary care providers with automated devices for the sake of enhancing time and efficiency in patients’ care.

To fully realize the anticipated benefits of technology, you must ensure technology adoption strategically in one of the following majors:

  • Low-power, cost-effective and practical wearable devices with IOT technology for the use in low-resource settings.
  • Technology-driven devices for enhancing rapid diagnosis in healthcare facilities or laboratories.
  • Implementing bioinformatics through applying information technologies to biological and medical research to gather and analyze data in different fields such as biology, genetics, pharmaceutical development and population.
  • 3D printed consumables for self-diagnoses and personal healthcare enhancement.
  • Any other technology-integrated ideas for general healthcare enhancement.

 

Note: Define the problem you want to solve. You need to do your research and discover your target market need. Your literature review can include reading relevant articles or research papers, reviewing current attempts to address the issue and even interviewing experts and people affected directly by the problem to better understand their needs.


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