Airbus unveils ‘Entaliq in KSA’ winners

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


Mastercard: Smart cities key to a more connected MEA

Mastercard was a sponsoring patron at the recent World Cities Summit in Singapore.
Updated 23 July 2018
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Mastercard: Smart cities key to a more connected MEA

Mastercard, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, continues to champion the fundamental role of smart cities in enabling a more connected and inclusive future for the Middle East and Africa (MEA). The company reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the development of smart cities through meaningful partnerships with both the public and private sectors at the recent World Cities Summit in Singapore, where Mastercard was a sponsoring patron.
Markets across the region are already heavily investing in the future of cities, with figures from the International Data Corporation forecasting that spending on technologies that enable smart city initiatives will reach $1.26 billion in MEA in 2018.
Commending the exceptional efforts of regional governments in implementing smart city initiatives and creating more opportunities for their cities’ transformation into vibrant hubs for innovation, Mastercard experts at the summit shed light on the significance of a “public-private-people (3P)” model and data analytics as key enablers of the technologies that will open doors to the cities of the future.
“An inclusive future for all is a shared responsibility and we believe that effective collaborations hinged on a dynamic public-private-people model is the way forward if we want to unlock the full potential of our cities. Mastercard is focused on making cities more efficient and inclusive by enabling ecosystems that benefit residents, visitors and local businesses. The key to the success of these cities is partnerships, and we will continue to engage with governments, NGOs and leaders in innovation to enable a smarter and more connected future for all,” said J.K. Khalil, cluster head, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Mastercard.
As part of its participation at the summit, Mastercard welcomed a delegation of the region’s most prominent journalists and influencers, where it facilitated in-depth discussions with industry experts and showcased the latest technologies to demonstrate and build advocacy for smart and connected cities.
With two billion adults around the world still lacking access to financial services, Mastercard is helping advance inclusive communities globally through its collaborations. The company has partnered with over 60 governments globally to deliver more than 1,600 scalable programs in various cities and communities around the world.