European Union in Jordan Delegates Visit

Representatives of the European Union Delegation to Jordan visited IBTECAR’s office on the 9<sup>th</sup> of June as part of its continues support to Innovation in Jordan. The photos show demonstrations of two types of DIY wind turbines developed by the project that are suitable for small offices or camps.

Complete story available at IBTECAR website

How to enhance the cooperation between the university and the industry?

In order to answer this question and to develop goals and strategies for the German Jordanian University (GJU), the president of the GJU, Prof. Natheer Abu Obeid, invited the Deans, Vice Presidents and the Office for Industrial Links (OIL) for a one-day internal workshop that took place on Thursday, 17th of March, 2016.

Since its establishment in 2005, GJU has been focusing on applied sciences and innovation. One of its core concepts is to build a close university-industry partnership in order to connect researchers, students and graduates with the private sector in Jordan, the region and Germany on different levels. Over the years, many collaborative activities with industrial partners from Jordan, Germany and the region were already successfully implemented at GJU. Hence, in line with the motto “together we can do it even better” the workshop aimed at defining the top priorities and necessary next steps to increase the collaboration with industrial partners at the University as a whole and at the different Schools.

The workshop started by highlighting previous achievements, which then were presented and further discussed. Among those are collaborative graduation projects, industrial professor assignments, field trips to factories and industrial internships, conferences and workshops on a national and international level, cooperation agreements with industrial and governmental institutions as well as sharing academic expertise with business partners. Building on these achievements, the participants were asked by the moderator, Eng. Jamil AlKhatib, to define the necessary resources that are needed in order to better support the implementation of cooperation activities. The workshop included lively discussions and came up with clear recommendations, like the establishment of supporting bodies at each School and incentives for staff members to successfully realize GJU’s goals.

GJU is looking forward to a closer and more incentive cooperation with its business partners and invites the industry to participate in upcoming projects and joined workshops.

This press release was published at GJU website

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.

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

مُلتقى الصّناع | Makers Meetup

السبت الموافق 10 أيار 2014

عقد فضاء المتمكنين | عمّان وبالتعاون مع Oasis500 يوم السبت الموافق 10 أيار 2014 النسخة الثانية من مُلتقى الصنّاع | Makers Meetup على شكل نسخة خاصّة وبحضور نخبة من الباحثين والمتمكنين والطلاب.

المقالة الكاملة على موقع فضاء المتمكنين

وبجلسة فريدة وتفاعليّة، تحدّث المهندس والتقني الكبير جميل الخطيب عن تاريخ موجز عن التقنية وسرد بعضاً من قصص النجاح في تحويل الفكرة إلى ابتكار، ووضّح بعض المفاهيم في الابتكار والإبداع، وبيّن بعضاً من الطرق العلميّة والذكيّة في تحويل الأفكار إلى منتجات ابتكاريّة.

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.

Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at GJU

The Office for Industrial Links at GJU in cooperation with Queen Rania Center for entrepreneurship (QRCE), organized a workshop on entrepreneurship and innovation, which is a part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), on Wednesday 20 November 2013.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a worldwide movement that celebrates and promotes entrepreneurship in more than 125 countries. The movement will touch and engage millions of people throughout the world. The Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship is the Official Host for GEW. The event included many sessions started up with Mr. Mohammad Obaidat, Program Manager at QRCE, who defined GEW as an awareness campaign supported by world leaders and celebrity entrepreneurs. It is about unleashing ideas and doing what it takes to bring them to life—spotting opportunities, taking risks, solving problems, being creative, building connections and learning from both failure and success.

Arch. Maisa Al Shomali, Committee Head of the JEA Graduation Projects Competition, gave a presentation entitled “Bridging the Gap between Academia and Industry, JEA Graduation Projects Competition”.

“Competition of Graduation Projects Conducted at the Industrial Sector“ was presented by Eng. Fadel Labadi, Manager of the Industrial Development Department from the Amman Chamber of Industry.

For his part Eng. Jamil Khatib, Innovation Consultant from Ibtikar, talked about Innovative Graduation Projects. Eng. Alia Gharaibeh, Faculty Member of the School of Management and Logistics at GJU, took part to talk about Entrepreneurship 4 Myths.

Dr. Yousef Abdalat, Director of National Program of Faculty for Factory, explained what the aim of (FFF). Dr. Sami Alnajjar, Faculty Member of the School of Management and Logistics at GJU, gave a very impressive presentation entitled “Unlimited Value: Entrepreneurship with Emotional Intelligence”.

“Leader in Progress –A charity Initiative “was presented by Mr. Fahad Qarasmeh and Ms. Hala Jurf, GJU students. Dr. Abdel Monem M. Rawashdeh, CEO of the Applied Scientific Research Fund (ASRF), presented “from Research to Investment (R2I)“.

GJU participated for the first time in this global event and is looking forward to implement different activities tackling entrepreneurship in the near future.

The article is published in GJU newsletter

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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