300 undergrad students take KAUST’s STEAM challenge

The three-day STEAM Innovation Challenge took the participants through different levels of the ideation stage, from problem definition to pitching and marketing.
Updated 12 May 2019

300 undergrad students take KAUST’s STEAM challenge

About 300 undergraduate students from 20 Saudi universities from across the Kingdom gathered at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to compete in the STEAM Innovation Challenge. The 48 participating teams were on a mission to find solutions to challenges affecting the environment, health, smart cities, quality of life and safety and security.
STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics — is an annual intensive ideation program which mixed interdisciplinary teams work together to create innovative concepts to solve pressing challenges nationally and globally.
The STEAM challenge, which took place from May 2 to 4, was the seventh at KAUST and the largest yet. This year’s STEAM event was held in partnership with Northrop Grumman, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and Elm.
The three-day challenge, which was organized by KAUST Innovation & Economic Development, took the participants through different levels of the ideation stage from problem definition to pitching and marketing. The student teams pitched their ideas on the final afternoon panel of judges, with awards given to the top three teams.
“We designed the STEAM Innovation Challenge to inspire youth in Saudi Arabia on a national scale by immersing them in an intensive innovation experience,” said Hattan Ahmed, head of KAUST Entrepreneurship Center. “The students addressed real challenges around the topic of sustainable cities, crafted in collaboration with our corporate partners.”
The winning teams were iCare, a bracelet to monitor pilgrims’ vitals and report accidents to health- care providers for a better Hajj experience; Cure, which works to incentivize the collection of unused household medications for distribution to relief organizations for better living; and EHFADHHA, demand-prediction software for food retailers.
The STEAM Innovation Challenge is offered to university students by KAUST in partnership with Saudi universities, large companies and non-profit organizations. The program is designed to engage students in mixed interdisciplinary teams to create innovative concepts that solve particular challenges. By partnering with the student populations of KAUST and select Saudi universities, the program offers an opportunity to showcase and support Saudi student-led innovation.
The event also serves as a networking platform, where students can connect with experts from partner organizations as well as meet and collaborate with students from different Saudi universities.


Al-Murjan, Mediclinic to develop new Jeddah hospital

Updated 01 June 2020

Al-Murjan, Mediclinic to develop new Jeddah hospital

Al-Murjan Group, a Saudi family business group, has partnered with Mediclinic Middle East, an affiliate of the UK’s Mediclinic International, for the establishment of an internationally accredited private hospital with 200 beds in Jeddah. Mediclinic Middle East will manage the hospital and support Al-Murjan Group with expertise and advisory services in planning, design and construction, while the commissioning of the hospital is expected to open by the second quarter of 2022.

Abdulrahman Khalid bin Mahfouz, chairman of Al-Murjan Group, said: “Today, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Mediclinic as our strategic partner for the hospital in Jeddah. We believe this will serve as the cornerstone for high-quality health care services in Saudi Arabia, offering state-of-the-art health care facilities, from some of the best practitioners, using best practices and meet international quality standards, and contribute to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

“Al-Murjan has committed itself for over 40 years to delivering excellence in all its areas of work and we view this joint venture as a continuation of that commitment. We welcome Mediclinic into Saudi Arabia and look forward to working together to serve the people of the Kingdom.”

“Al-Murjan Mediclinic will provide more than 1,000 job opportunities, and will create new opportunities for entrepreneurs in the health care sector,” said Sultan Khalid bin Mahfouz, vice chairman of Al-Murjan Group.

David Hadley, chief executive officer of Mediclinic Middle East, said: “We are pleased to announce our strategic partnership with Al-Murjan Group today and Mediclinic’s entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There is a growing demand for high quality, internationally recognized standards of health care services in Saudi Arabia. Mediclinic, with more than 35 years’ experience of delivering health care services across Switzerland, Southern Africa and the UAE, is excited by the opportunity to partner with Al-Murjan Group to establish a leading private hospital in Jeddah and further expansion opportunities across Saudi Arabia. We are committed to being an ethical and responsible corporate citizen delivering sustainable, cost-effective, high-quality health care services and outstanding client experiences in all our hospitals and clinics.”

Situated on King Abdul Aziz Road in the northern part of Jeddah, the hospital will address the growing demand for private health care in the Kingdom. The hospital, designed and to be completed in accordance with international standards, will comprise eight floors, offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services including general surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, emergency, and trauma care.

Phase 1 of the hospital, which is 80,000 square meters, will be built on 18,000 square meters, with an investment of more than SR1 billion ($266 million), with the expansion capacity of another 200 beds on adjacent land set aside for this purpose.