3DS Brings Innovative Technology to Qatar-Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, April 8, 2013

3DS Brings Innovative Technology to Qatar

DOHA: The US Embassy and Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) partnered 3-Day Startup (3DS) entrepreneurship contest that concluded here on Saturday.

During the 3DS ‘boot camp’, over 40 students collaborated to build innovative technology start-ups for Qatari and international markets. 3DS is an American non-profit organisation that empowers the next generation of young business leaders.

From online fitting experience, mobile in-flight magazines, application for booking taxis in Qatar to a virtual market place for home catering — students came up with innovative solutions utilising their business acumen and creative flair.

Student teams presented their ideas to a panel of experts, where they demonstrated real prototypes for new technology startups in hopes of attracting investment from established entrepreneurs.

Team awards were given to 3DS Team Hustle: Fit Right, Team Focus: Tidalal, Smooth Talker: Sweet Story, best use of a hairdryer: Smart Clothing and the Spirit of 3DS: Bayt Baytk.

Since the conception of the programme five years ago, over 2,500 3DS alumni from 55 worldwide events have started 39 technology companies that have collectively raised $9.5m in investment capital.

“Once again, the youth of Qatar have shown us that if you work hard and collaborate, everything is possible,”US Ambassador Susan L Ziadeh said.

Students came to the programme from a cross-section of disciplines including business, computer science, communications, law and design.

CMU-Q ramped up the event by inviting high-profile faculty to mentor the students throughout the weekend, including Dave Mawhinney, Director of the Donald H Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, and Dr Milton Cofield, Executive Director, Undergraduate Programmes... Read More»

By: The Peninsula