The 3rd and final leg of the competition ‘Finding Innovative & Creative Solutions for Society’ (FICS) 2015 Grand Finale was organized at NUST on June 5, 2015. A total of 47 teams presented working prototypes of their projects.
President and CEO of General Electric (GE), Pakistan, Mr Sarim Sheikh, was invited as Guest of Honor at the closing ceremony. The presence of Mr Sarim Sheikh was a source of great motivation and encouragement for the participating student teams. Mr Sheikh, along with Rector NUST, Engr M Asghar, lauded the efforts of the participating teams and presented cash awards to the winners.
A project titled “Lithomatic” won the first prize sponsored by National Instruments. The project used an indigenous design for the fabrication of a cost-effective, safe and smart intra-corporeal pneumatic lithotripter which could be used to treat urinary stone disease without surgical incisions.
The second prize, sponsored by Oracle Corporation, went to a project named "Trequant,” an ergonomic wearable device developed for better diagnosis and effective tracking of tremors in patient's activities, tasks and pattern.
“HealthHub,” a solution aiming to revolutionize the healthcare sector by redefining the manner in which diagnostic reports from clinical labs could be shared with doctors and patients by using interactive visualizations and smartphones, won the third prize which was sponsored by Ufone.
The consolation prize sponsored by the Gilani Research Foundation went to a project called “GlucoSmart,” a standalone, non-invasive blood glucose monitoring device that accurately measured blood sugar level in real time, in a pain-free manner.
This year, a special category titled “Applications for Counter Terrorism” was added to the competition. The category was specially added after the December 16, 2014, Army Public School (APS) tragedy, to encourage students to come up with innovative solutions to tackle the growing menace of extremism. The prize was given to a project titled “OMNES,” a device designed to use smartphones and accompanying devices to easily verify all different documents (like CNIC, drivers and arms license etc.) using sensors for barcodes, QR codes, magnetic strips and facial recognition. P@SHA Fund for Social Innovation sponsored the prize.
It was heartening to witness the creative potential of our youth, who, given the right platform and opportunity, are undoubtedly able to achieve great feats of wonders.
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