Two University of Bolton, Ras al Khaimah students have won first prize in a national level student competition at the Student Innovation Awards hosted by the Middlesex University Dubai, in partnership with the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) –Middle East section. Middlesex University Dubai held the event at its Knowledge Park campus as part of the lead-up to the 2017 BCS ICT Conference that will be held in Abu Dhabi on 29 October 2017. The event was arranged to provide students an opportunity to use technology to showcase their creativity and develop their interest in the areas of Mobility, Security, Communication, Collaboration, Environment and Wellness for the Future Cities.

Osama Khan and Muhammad Rasly from the University of Bolton, RAK, won first prize, with students from Heriot-Watt University receiving second prize and students from Middlesex University of Dubai placing third. The first two rounds of the competition were completed May – September, 2017 where MS Manal Al Ansari, Innovation Manager at emirates NBD Group IT was distinguished key note speaker of the day. The final round consisted of the finalists presenting their projects to a panel of judges, including Dr. Abdul Saleem. The conference was also an opportunity for the students to network and discuss activities and trends taking place in the region’s ICT sector.

Khan and Rasly from the computing department at RAK built an IOT based solar powered garbage monitoring system for the Innovation Awards under the theme ‘Future Cities’. Their six months of hard work placed them first out of twenty-two teams from different Universities across UAE. They will also receive a 15000 AED (£3096) cash prize at the 2017 BCS ICT Conference award ceremony, presented by GCS ME patron HE Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister for Culture and Knowledge Development on 29 October 2017 at Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel Abu Dhabi.

Mohammad Rasly, the team leader said: This gave a high motivation for us and our University. Our project was not just an IOT Application, but it includes web and mobile application. We faced a lot of challenges while building our system but at the end of the day our excellent teamwork made us come on top of all participants.”

Osama Khan added: “Competing at the highest level is not about winning. It’s about preparation, courage, understanding and nurturing your people and heart. Winning is the result. This was the quotes in my mind when we started working for the competition and after working for 4 to 6 months we were finally able to see our goals getting achieved. IOT is a technology which is new and very valuable in our society, so we tried to implement it in our current garbage system to make it smart and cost-effective.”

Osama Khan continued: “When you work hard you will definitely achieve something, so this was our time when we presented and was able to secure 1st position in the competition.”

The University of Bolton has had a successful partnership with WINC RAK since 2008. University of Bolton Academic Centre, Ras al Khaimah provides higher education using the ethos, environment and processes devised and overseen by the main campus in the United Kingdom. The RAK students are a part of the University of Bolton’s student community and receive a true British University experience in the UAE.

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