Towards Innovative Graduation Projects

Towards Innovative Graduation Project – Nov 4th, 2015

     JEST hosted ¨Towards Innovative Graduation Project¨ meet up where Jamil Khatib talked to students in their last year from different universities on how to pick a project that will help them in the long run. He talked about the difference between invention and innovation, the need to identify a problem and provide a solution to it. Thus, when they graduate they can benefit from it by: locating a suitable market, getting feedback from the customers, and the importance of intellectual property protection. Mr. Khatib talked about the reason behind the lack of success of many innovation ideas.

JEST stressed out the importance of providing all the support for entrepreneurs, which leads to increase the numbers of the heading companies in the city as well as to accelerate the growth of companies in the process of helping create new jobs and promote the concept of leadership and innovation in the Jerusalem community

Complete news release available at JEST website

GJU Health Hackathon

12.-14. November 2015- Amman 

Path to Entrepreneurship and Employability in the Health Sector

GJU’s Office for Industrial Links organized a Health Hackathon, an event established for the first time in the Middle East region. It is part of the Program Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE) activities to help the students gain the knowledge and entrepreneurial skills needed to implement their ideas and support the vision of the University in its “Education for Employment and Entrepreneurship”.

Health Hackathon is an event to gather students from different disciplines to work cohesively in different teams and come up with solutions related to health issues that the society faces at low costs, so that all society members would be able to use it, including remote areas and refugee camps.

Complete article available at http://www.gju.edu.jo/news/gju-health-hackathon-4940

 

The seven teams had to pitch in their ideas within two minutes maximum, and the judges had three minutes to ask the team any questions if the wanted to. Once the seven teams finished their pitching, the seven judges, who were from Oasis500, Altibbi, GJU, USAID-JCP, Hikma, Umniah, and Tamweelcom, gathered in a separate room to sum up their points they each had for each team.

Before announcing the winning teams, Mrs. Britta Kähler, Director of the Office for Industrial Links and Eng. Jamil Alkhatib, Manager of PIE, announced the prizes and appreciated the great support they received from the different sponsors and partners: USAID JCP, Hikma, Umniah,  Tamweelcom, Jordan Engineers Association, Nescafe, and Primrose as well as Altibbi, Oasis 500, Hello Food, Wamda, and Jordan Open Source Association. They also cherished the enormous efforts of the volunteering students, as well as the Concrete-Entrepreneurial and IT Students Club from GJU since without them, the whole event would not have been made possible.

ندوة بعنوان نحو مشاريع تخرج ابتكارية

(JEST) نظمت مؤسسة الرياديين المقدسيين للتكنولوجيا والخدمات المجتمعية

JEST workshop

مؤخرا ندوة تدريبية لطلاب الجامعات في مدينة القدس تحت عنوان” نحو مشاريع تخرج ابتكارية”، حيث استهدفت الطلاب في التخصصات العلمية والمقبلين على اختيار مشاريع التخرج في جامعاتهم وذلك من خلال تسليط الضوء على إمكانية الاستفادة من المشاريع وتحويلها الى مشروع تجاري يدر دخلا على الخريج بدل البحث عن فرص العمل.

و قام المدرب م. جميل الخطيب بتسليط الضوء حول الفرق بين الإبداع والإبتكار والحاجة الى ايجاد  الحلول العملية  للمشاكل  العارضة  كي يتمكن الخريج بعد ذلك من استغلال الحل وايجاد سوق مناسب له، كما تطرق المدرب الى دورة الاختراع كاملة وأهمية أخذ التغذية الراجعة من المستفيدين دوما وأهمية حماية الملكية الفكرية.

وناقش  المشاركون المدرب حول قدرة شبابنا في فلسطين على الإبتكار والسبب الكامن وراء عدم نجاح العديد من الأفكار التي يقومون بطرحها، حيث  عزا المدرب السبب الأكبر الى قيامنا بالتركيز على الإبداع التقني فقط مع اهمال حاجة المستهلكين ورغبتهم باقتناء الحل المقدم.

المزيد على دنيا الوطن .. http://www.alwatanvoice.com/arabic/news/2015/11/16/814568.html#ixzz3rgae4KZV

المزيد على جريدة القدس

AlQuds News Paper JEST- Grad Proj

المزيد على جريدة البلد

Albalad Newspaper JEST- Grad Proj

Microsoft Academic Accelerator

Article Published in Jordan Times

AMMAN — Jordanian students have recently developed a GPS-based mobile app that turns smartphones into taxi meters, which they said would notify passengers of an estimated fare for their journey in advance and prevent cabbies from overcharging them.

True Meter is currently available on the Windows app store and will be available to users of other mobile operating systems in a few months.

The app shows passengers the optimal route to their destination and compares it with the route that the taxi driver is actually taking, enabling them to determine whether the driver is taking an unnecessarily long route.

The mobile application was developed by a team of Jordanian students — Islam Abulroz, Rania Abdel Hadi and Rehab Alamar — who were honoured Wednesday as one of six winning teams in the Microsoft Academic Accelerator Programme.

As part of the six-month accelerator programme, a collaboration between the USAID Jordan Competitiveness Programme and Microsoft Jordan, scores of students received training at the Microsoft Innovation Centre, which is located at the Royal Scientific Society, on how to design, launch, and sustain their own ventures or find jobs that make use of their talents. 

They were also taught technical skills that helped them develop apps and deploy technology for the benefit of all, according to the organisers.

“We came up with the idea of True Meter while taking part in this great programme. I had to take a taxi every day from the Princess Sumaya University for Technology to the business park for the training. I noticed that the taxi drivers charged me different fares each time and often the claimed the meter was not working, which was annoying,” Abdel Hadi told The Jordan Times after the ceremony.

“When people download the app, which shows information in Arabic and in English, they can actually find out exactly how much the fare for their trip should be. This is also very useful for tourists, so that they cannot be deceived by greedy cabbies who want to charge them extra,” she added.

Alamar said her team cooperated with the authorities in order to get the correct formula for taxi fares, so that the app calculates the same fare that taxis are allowed to charge per kilometre, in both Jordanian dinars and US dollars.

“We have also reached an agreement with the Greater Amman Municipality to connect the app to their network, so that passengers can report cabbies who charge them excessively high fares or take longer routes, and file any other complaints,” she said.

“When passengers get in a taxi, they can record the plate number and, in case of trouble, report it to GAM and the traffic authorities… We will also develop the app in the near future so that passengers can rate each cab. Any passenger who enters the plate number of a certain cab will be able to find the history of the cab and reviews by passengers,” added Alamar.

The other winning projects addressed a range of consumer and retailer needs, from point-of-sale payment solutions to an online pitching platform that connects start-ups with investors. One application, called “Bisque”, allows users to send video and photo files to other devices using only a simple hand motion.

‘Guidance, follow-up crucial’

ICT experts said Wednesday that follow-up training is essential to ensure the success of such ideas and many others.

“For such ventures to grow and start generating revenue, there is a need for further guidance to help students and entrepreneurs market and refine their products. Celebrating the fact that we have brilliant ideas is not enough — we want tangible support after this step,” Abed Shamlawi, ICT and entrepreneurship consultant, told The Jordan Times.

“We need to hone entrepreneurs’ skills, help them organise their work, guide them on how to monetise their ideas and help them develop a final product, and get some funding,” Shamlawi.

Jamil Al Khatib, an innovation consultant who trained the winning teams and other participants in the programme, said providing mentorship after the initial stage is very important to these entrepreneurs.

“Some of these ideas can be turned into small companies, while other developers can sell apps without the need to build a company. They definitely need follow-up and should not left alone after this stage. They need financial support to grow their ideas into income-generating ventures,” added Khatib.

USAID JCP’s Chief of Party Wissam Rabadi said the Microsoft Jordan partnership, which began in March of this year, aimed “to enhance the ICT sector’s competitiveness in Jordan by creating a pool of new talent in cloud computing and app development for interested investors”.

Rabadi stressed the importance of the programme in training young Jordanians in the latest technologies and trends, including the Internet of Things and cloud computing, saying participants in the programme are equipped with latest skills in the field.

Microsoft Jordan Country Manager Hussein Malhas said the programme helps bridge the gap between the skills of students and graduates and the actual needs in the labour market and the ICT sector.

– See more at: http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/app-turns-smartphones-taxi-meters#sthash.ubPn7M2S.dpuf

German Jordanian University Innovation ecosystem

The German Jordanian University in early 2014 started the development of innovation and entrepreneurship center to support its students and staff on startups development and innovation. The proposed model was introduced in the workshop. The following presentation highlights the model.

As a first step to the implementation of the center, it is important to develop the entrepreneurship ecosystem and integrate the university center with the local ecosystem. The following program was used in the workshop to assess and engage the actors in Jordan on building the local entrepreneurship ecosystem

More than 50 local/international organizations in the innovation and entrepreneurship support participated in the workshop. The following report highlights the main findings and recommendations from the workshop.

 

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Eco-System Workshop at GJU

The Office for Industrial Links at the German Jordanian University in collaboration with Migrate and with the support of the Migration for Development Program ( CIM ) organized a workshop on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Eco-System.

Complete article available at http://www.gju.edu.jo/page.aspx?type=n&lng=en&id=471

At the end of the opening, Eng. Jamil Alkhatib the director of the innovation and entrepreneurship center project of GJU, shared the vision of the university in supporting job creation through responsible innovation at this center and how it is going to support not only the students and academics but also the local community in their innovations and startups. The approach is based on collaboration and openness while building the right culture and environment for innovation and entrepreneurship at GJU.

The formal opening was followed by discussions and activities with the aim of discovering opportunities to better contribute to building the innovation and entrepreneurship environment in Jordan. It is worth mentioning that more than 50 participants of different active organizations in the entrepreneurship support field, private sector and research organizations joined the activities and contributed with their feedback and ideas in innovative approaches.

In order to strengthen the students’ point of view, a parallel discussion in the same room took place with a group of active students who proposed a model for the entrepreneurship center and presented it to the stakeholders.

At the end the participants appreciated the open discussion and the opportunity to have the actors in this field in one room to support the innovation and entrepreneurship eco-system in Jordan and collaborate rather than duplicate activities.

It is worth mentioning that the GJU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center is seeking to play a remarkable role in the development of the innovation and entrepreneurship eco-system in Jordan through collaboration with different stakeholders.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 at GJU

During the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2013 I participated with a session at the German Jordanian University. My session focused on students graduation projects and how to develop them to target real industrial needs.

The session entitled: “Towards innovative graduation projects” and the presentation was close to this one

Moreover the GEW inspired me to write an article about the gap between industry and academia. Cup of Coffee: The distance between industry and academia

 

لجنة مشاريع التخرج تقيم ورشة عمل علمية علاقة مشاريع التخرج والصناعة والابتكار

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قامت لجنة الأشراف على مشاريع التخرج في نقابة المهندسين بعقد ورشة عمل علمية الأولى من نوعها لطلبة السنة الخامسة من كليات الهندسة في الجامعة الاردنية بعنوان ” علاقة مشاريع التخرج والصناعة والإبتكار ” .

” وكتأكيد على مفهوم الابداع في المشاريع قام م.جميل الخطيب المستشار في الابداع بتقديم ورقته”

 لكامل المقالة زيارة الموقع

http://www.jea.org.jo/route.php?src=sub_news&sub_news_id=6341

Innovation and Creativity stimulation in organizations

“Innovation and Creativity stimulation in organizations” A workshop delivered at 3rd Symposium with the theme “Professional Training in Developing Human Capital”, 17-18 September 2013, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia organized by King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital

 

Workshop abstract

Siemens, Toyota, IKEA, Google, Apple, TATA, P&G and Skype are some of the most successful companies in the world; nevertheless they are among the top innovative companies.  Those companies managed to reach to this stage not only through investment but also through stimulating systematically creativity and innovation in their organizations.

Thinking out of the box and creativity cannot be implemented by demanding employees to do so, because of the nature of human thinking which can be creative only under suitable environment and the right conditions.

This workshop will discuss how creativity of employees can be stimulated through policies, methods and processes.

تحفيزالإبتكار والإبداع في المؤسسات
وسايب هي بعض من أكر TATA، P & G ، وجوجل، وأبل ،IKEA ، سمنز، تويوتا
الركات نجاحا في العالم، ومن أكر الركات المبتكرة . تمكنت تلك الركات
للوصول إلى هذه المرحلة ليس فقط من خال الاستثمار ولكن أيضا من خال
تحفز الإبداع والابتار بشل منهي في منظماتهم.
التفكر خارج الصندوق والإبداع لا يمكن تحقيقها من خال الطلب من الموظفن
أن يبدعوا . حيث أن طبيعة التفكر البري يمكنها أن تبدع فقط حال توفر البيئة
المناسبة والظروف الملائمة والصحيحة.
ورشة العمل هذه ستناقش كيف يمكن تحفز إبداع الموظفن من خال السياسات
والإجراءات والمفاهم.

 

Symposium Program

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