Young Tech Innovators from Emerging Economies Going to Doha for GEW
10 Nov 2013

Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), part of QF R&D, is preparing to welcome seven young technology innovators from developing economies and emerging markets to Doha, for a special ‘Speakers Session’ during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013.

The Speakers Session is the second of two major events to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week.

QSTP is also holding a ‘Geocaching Challenge’ on 15-16 November 2013 in which teams of budding technology innovators will race across Doha in a GPS-powered treasure hunt.

The Speakers Session will take place at the Qatar National Convention Center from 14.00-20.00 on 18 November 2013.

"As a Founding Partner of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Qatar and this year’s Technology Innovation Partner," said QSTP Managing Director Hamad Al-Kuwari. "QSTP is proud to support the entrepreneurs driving diverse economic growth for Qatar’s future." 

A critical piece of infrastructure in Qatar’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, QSTP’s Speaker Session is the latest opportunity for technology-focused innovators and young businesses in Qatar to listen, learn and grow their own capacity to create intellectual property and enhance their management skills.

The Speakers possess a wealth of business and research experience far beyond their years and include:

Juan Sebastian Osorio-Valencia, a Colombian biomedical engineer who has studied and taught at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions. He is currently a Project Manager at Sana Mobile Health and master student at TU Munich.

Soaib Grewal, co-founder of WaterWalla, an organisation committed to solving the urban water crisis which was named most Innovative Social Business 2011 by the New York Stock Exchange. He recently launched Ferrous, a design business targeting emerging markets. Soaib is based in New Delhi and has been named a Young Global Leader at the World Foresight Forum, and an Eminent Citizen by the UN Secretary General.

Evans Muchika Wadongo, founder and Executive Director of Sustainable Development For All – Africa. He is the recipient of many awards for his work to improve educational opportunities. Including the inaugural Mikhail Gorbachev Award, CNN Top Ten Hero 2010 and Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

Daniel Gomez, co-founder of SOLBEN, a prominent Mexican biodiesel producer, and MIT Technology Review Innovator of the Year 2013.

Ayesha Chaudhary, a biomedical engineer and co-founder of Windmill Health Technologies, based in New Delhi. MIT Technology Review recently named Ayesha as one of its Young Innovators in India.

Sally Buberman, co-founder of Wormhole, a distance learning technology platform where she oversees marketing and engineering projects. Sally sits on the judging panel of many entrepreneurship competitions and awards.

Kamil Nabong, Business Development Manager and Cofounder of Dropifi. A student of Land Economy at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, he co-founded Dropifi, a software company, to help businesses effectively interact online whiles gaining valuable customer insights.

Educating young Qataris about innovation in science and technology features prominently in Qatar’s planned transition to a knowledge-based economy.

The event is particularly timely as Qatar was recently upgraded to Emerging Market status by the MSCI Index.

The event will enable local businesses and students to learn more about the challenges and opportunities of technology innovation in fast-growing economies like Qatar.

QSTP, part of Qatar Foundation R&D enterprise is Qatar’s primary incubator for technology development, fostering the environment required for accelerating commercialization of research and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship.

QSTP focuses on four themes as per the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) announced in 2012; Energy, Environment, Health Sciences and Information & Communication Technologies.

QSTP is located in Qatar Foundation's Education City and has access to the resources of its cluster of leading research universities.

Members within the QSTP Free Zone include SMEs, international corporations and research institutions, which have collectively committed to investing in new programs, creating intellectual property, enhancing technology management skills and developing innovative new products in line with the QNRS.

QSTP supports QF R&D’s economic and human development objectives for Qatar and is increasingly being recognized as an international hub for applied research, innovation, incubation and entrepreneurship. (QNA)

[source: Peninsula Online]