Hult Prize @ ULS | Finals
We are proud to announce that a team of three students won the Hult Prize ULS qualifiers yesterday January 30th , 2020. Four other ULS teams also presented at the pitching contest, which served as quarterfinals for the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social good.
The HP ULS 2020 Teams and First Cohort (in alphabetical order) are:
Emerge-A-Tree: Angela Koudjanian, Gerard EL Nouar, and Roy Abdel Karim
GreenClean: Jennifer Abou Daher , Pamela Al Kadi ,and Zeinab Al Mawla
MAI: Rita-Rebeca Nemer, Saad Slim, and Stéphanie Touma
PlanTree : Christopher Chammas, Marie-Ange Hayek, and Mohammad-Marwan Sidani
VacuFlush: Christelle El Khal, Michel Farah, and Sheryl Daher
The Hult Prize is an international competition that aims to solve some of the world’s most complex issues in innovative ways. This is the first year to host this event as part of the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC). The current challenge is titled “Empowering the Earth: Bold Businesses for a Better Planet”.
The team, which calls itself PlanTree, will now advance to the Regionals which are hosted in +25 different cities, representing all the geographic regions of the world. More than 100,000 students compete to attend, while only 5,000 snag a seat at these 2-day, inspirational events of a lifetime. The Regional Summits provide students from around the world an opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas, learn from their peers and be inspired by a generation of young people who are committed to changing the world through business. The very best startups represented at each summit secure a spot in the world’s largest accelerator for impact in Boston, Massachusetts.
The five teams participating in the ULS qualifiers all had different propositions to respond to the challenge of the 2020 edition in alignment with specific SDGs. The MAI team, which won second prize (1st Runner Up), proposed to solve the packaging issue of using massive amounts of plastic polluting the environment by prototyping a new coconut bottle. The GreenClean team placed third and introduced a reversed engineering idea of using organic based biodegradable detergents.
Other environmental issues were also addressed by teams like Emerge-A-Tree, which used bugs to help treesrejuvenation after massive forest fires, and VacuFlush, which designed a toilet to decrease the over consumption of water.
The five teams who took part in yesterday’s quarterfinals were remarkable in their diversity. They were composed of undergraduates and it’s worth highlighting that the students had very different backgrounds, coming from the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Political Science, Faculty of Public Health, and Faculty of Engineering (PolyTech). The competition’s organizing team (HP@ULS OC) was comprised entirely of ULS students (alphabetical order) : Akram Al Ashkar, Christelle El Hadchity, Elsa Loutfy, Liliane Abou Shahine, Nataly Farah, Richard El Aridy, and Tarek Saad.
We also appreciate the support of the jury: Ms. Emilie Aoun (Head of Human Capital Management Dept. at BLOM Bank), Mr. Andre Abi Awad (Founder of Entreprenergy), Mr. Chaker Noon (Founder & CEO of Baldati.com), Layal Jebran (Co Founder and CEO at Moubarmij, inc.), and Lara Al Arab (Director of CPDC). Thank you for who providing relevance and interest in our students’ work and positive feedback on both the event organization and caliber of ULS students.
HP@ULS couldn’t have been successful without the support of ULS Leadership, and the director of Students Affairs Rev. Father Guy Sarkis.
We cannot but also thank our catering sponsor اللقاء البيئي في قضاء راشيا and Printing sponsor Business Copier for their support in such economical challenging times. Thank you for supporting our youth!
Indeed, The Hult Prize Competition is an incredibly exciting and overwhelming movement to be part of and the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) is especially proud to see so much involvement from our students, many of whom competed. The business ideas generated by the Hult Prize ULS look to change the world and save the planet. Can there be any higher ambition for our university and its students?