Egyptian Team Wins Aramex Corporate Challenge at AINAC 2016

A team formed of three Egyptian youth just won the Aramex Challenge, a competition that comes as part of AINAC 2016, a scientific conference gathering Arab science students from across the Arab world where they are challenged to resolve modern day real-life challenges and turn their bright ideas into business.

The Aramex challenge, coming as part of Corporate Challenge section of the conference held on the 22 – 23rd of December, involved a sensitive issue: the design and implementation of a substitute and creative package for shipping items like vaccines and drugs in temperatures as low as 2 – 8 degrees Celsius and in small sizes as opposed to the large-size packaging currently used.

The Corporate Challenge involves grouping applicants from the Arab world into teams of three competing to develop a solution for a corporate challenge, and win a fully paid internship. During the internship, the winning team would work on implementing their idea and bringing it to reality.

The team representing Egypt included three Egyptian youth: Mahmoud Abdelhay and Omar Magdi Students 4th year students of Environmental Engineering in Zewail City in addition to Khaled Ali, a GUC mechatronics graduate and masters’ student at Cambridge University.

The three young students proposed a new design idea for the shipping box, in addition, a new smart material for manufacturing an unusually small box. The method, confirms the team, is sustainable and economically viable as the package is insulated from ambient temperature and can withstand temperatures for up to 48 hours without being affected. The successful idea has been selected over 7 other ideas proposed by another seven Arab teams, and the only one employing computer simulation.

Besides their hard work, and along a week prior to the event, the team’s efforts were backed by Eng. Eslam Gomaa, TA of Renewable Energy at Zewail City, who spent many days tutoring them, and Ghozaly Ahmed, a 4th year Nanotechnology student at Zewail City, who assisted the team further clarifying their ideas using computer software simulation.              

AINAC is organized by The Arab Innovation Network (AIN), a volunteer-run initiative that aims to foster innovation in the Arab World by encouraging youth to direct their knowledge, skills, and resources towards industry-relevant innovation. 

This year, in its 5th session, the conference adopted the moto of “Breakthrough innovation occurs when we bring down boundaries and encourage disciplines to learn from each other

Celebrating interdisciplinary approaches, the event comes in collaboration with a number of international industries from a range of sectors, including healthcare, logistics, and manufacturing.