Airbus unveils ‘Entaliq in KSA’ winners

Nouf Aljalaud won the first prize for ‘The Traveler Eye’ project.
Updated 10 July 2018

Airbus unveils ‘Entaliq in KSA’ winners

The winners of the “Entaliq in KSA” initiative were announced on Monday at a ceremony held under the patronage and attendance of Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saud, president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh.

In line with the Saudi Vision 2030, “Entaliq in KSA” in partnership with TAQNIA Aeronautics and Saudi Arabian Airlines is an initiative that empowers entrepreneurial talent from the aerospace sector.

A day before the closing ceremony, the top 10 finalists pitched their ideas before a judging panel that consisted of aerospace industry experts. Following a six-month scouting run for innovative solutions for the aerospace industry, the three winners were deemed to have generated the best ideas.

The three winning ideas of the “Entaliq in KSA” initiative are: “The Traveler Eye” by Nouf Aljalaud that showcases information of landmarks passed during the flight using augmented reality on aircraft windows, “Landing Gear Motor” by Ahmad Alhamad, which aims at minimizing the amount of lost rubber during landing, and “VR Flight Entertainment” by Abdul Aziz Abdulrahman Al-Musayib, Ahmad Ali Alshareef, Nouf Abdul Aziz Alrayes, Mosab Nasser Alouais, Khaled H. Ghubaysh and Ibrahim Abdullah Alsayyari, which enhances passenger experience using VR.

The three winners will be aided further in the development of their organizational and business plans with incubation opportunities that bring their ideas to fruition. The incubating partners of “Entaliq in KSA” include Rockwell Collins, Altran, and Qotuf, which will work with the winners to sharpen their vision and business proposition. 

The “Entaliq in KSA” initiative, having concluded its second edition, represents a nationwide hunt for talented Saudi Arabian entrepreneurs. It is specifically tailored to inspire and support talented individuals who possess an idea or business model in its startup phase. 

“Our collaboration with leading Saudi organizations aims at nurturing Saudi talent and creating valuable business ventures in the local market. 

This joint initiative further contributes to building a knowledge-based society and to the sustainable development of the Kingdom that is in line with Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program,” said Fouad Attar, head of commercial, Airbus Africa and Middle East.

The “Entaliq in KSA” entrepreneurs began their journey with an “Online and Onsite Development” phase, where they attended a series of live workshops and online webinars. As part of the workshops, they were granted opportunities to interact with experts from the aerospace industry through Q&A sessions to assist them in perfecting their ideas. Thereafter, 10 finalists were selected, and a “Top Talent Showcase” phase ensued. The winners were selected based on an evaluation that took place prior to the final ceremony in front of the “Entaliq in KSA” jury.

The second edition of “Entaliq in KSA” is in partnership with TAQNIA Aeronautics, Rockwell Collins, Altran, Qotuf, KACST and Saudi Arabian Airlines, in addition to the program’s community partners such as Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) and Aviation Australia Riyadh College.

First Saudi security expo ends on high note

The first edition of the SNSR Expo featured more than 130 companies from 22 countries.
Updated 11 November 2018

First Saudi security expo ends on high note

The first edition of the Saudi National Security and Risk Prevention Expo (SNSR), held in Riyadh from Nov. 4 to 6, was a big success, serving as a key platform to present Saudi Arabia as a leading innovation, knowledge development and exchange hub in the area of national and cybersecurity solutions. 

The event was held under the patronage of Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif, minister of interior of Saudi Arabia, and in partnership with the Saudi Ministry of Interior represented by the General Directorate of Civil Defense.

The inaugural edition of SNSR Expo was held under the theme of “Shaping the future of national security and risk prevention” with the aim of forging partnerships and business collaborations between public and private sectors. Following the success, the 2nd edition of the event is already planned from Oct. 29 to 31.

On behalf of the minister of interior, the event was inaugurated by Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al-Dawood, undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior. The first edition of the SNSR Expo featured more than 130 companies from 22 countries around the world with the purpose of advancing the digital transformation process and offering innovative security solutions for smart cities and projects being created as part of Saudi Vision 2030, as well as supporting a climate conducive to investment flows, strategic relationships and long-term economic partnerships.

The first edition of the SNSR Expo attracted 5,000 participants from around the world, including official delegations from high-level government agencies, senior Saudi and Emirati leaders, international companies and strategy experts. Senior officials who visited the exhibition area included Lt. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Amro, director general of the Saudi Civil Defense; Shaikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan Al-Nahyan, ambassador of the UAE to Saudi Arabia; and Jo Byung Wook, ambassador of Korea to Saudi Arabia.

Over its three days, the event facilitated partnerships, knowledge-sharing, innovation and business continuity and culminated in the signing of several memorandums of cooperation and understanding. Hundreds of business meetings between visitors, buyers and exhibitors were also conducted, as well as daily VIP tours around the event area.

In line with the joint Strategy of Resolve between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the SNSR Expo saw the signing of several bilateral agreements between Saudi companies and their Emirati counterparts aimed at enhancing joint cooperation in security industries.

Hundreds of people gathered to attend the SNSR Expo’s two forums, “Hajj Safety and Security” and “Smart Safe Cities,” which featured more than 30 sessions presented by keynote speakers and experts in the fields of national resilience, crowd management, cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection.