Dubai: Three UAE-based college students have gained HSBC’s ‘NextGen10’ contest, a year-long nationwide competitors that regarded to seek out options to a few of the world’s most urgent issues.
10 finalists, aged 11 to 14, had pitched their concepts to a panel of enterprise leaders at UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 not too long ago.
Every winner acquired Dh25,000 from HSBC to assist them flip their concepts into actuality.
-Maria Falaknaz, 13, from GEMS Wellington Worldwide College together with her concept of a tech-enabled strolling stick for the visually impaired.
-Sreya Binesh, 12, from GEMS Millennium College Sharjah together with her concept of a vertical gardening app.
-Tanay Jagannathan, 13, from GEMS Fashionable Academy together with his concept for a CO2-absorbing drone.
Abdulfattah Sharaf, CEO, HSBC UAE and Head of Worldwide Markets, mentioned: “All 10 finalists got here up with good and revolutionary concepts that can make a constructive influence on our society. The three winners actually impressed the judges with their presenting abilities, readability in explaining their concepts, and contextualising them for an actual world surroundings.”
HSBC had launched NextGen10 in January. The programme noticed kids aged 10-14 put ahead competing concepts which have the potential to form the longer term, whereas creating future abilities within the course of. Their proposals have been required to suit into one in all a number of classes together with addressing local weather change or tips on how to create an equal and more healthy society.
From over 300 profitable entries, a ultimate group of 10 college students have been shortlisted and acquired coaching and mentorship to assist develop their concepts farther from HSBC leaders and its coaching companion Debate Mate, earlier than presenting their concepts stay on the UK Pavilion, the place HSBC is a founding companion.
As a part of the entry course of for the competitors, college students contributed to HSBC’s UAE Subsequent Technology survey 2021, which discovered that 74 per cent of 10-14 12 months olds are involved in regards to the local weather change challenges, with 92 per cent saying it’s as much as their era to repair the planet, and 51 per cent saying that adults don’t take the way forward for the planet severely.
Local weather was ranked as the most important concern of younger folks within the UAE forward of different outstanding points together with range and equality, bullying and cyberbullying, unemployment, and psychological well being and bodily wellness.