Islamabad May 15, 2018 – Grand Finale and Prize Distribution Ceremony of Finding Innovative & Creative Solutions for Society (FICS ’18), was held at National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) here on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. FICS is an annual three-stage intra NUST programme to promote social entrepreneurship, where the projects submitted are categorised as per the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, as many as 328 ideas were submitted by students from 13 NUST Schools and Colleges, out of which 137 were shortlisted for the FICS ’18 Stage-2, held on March 27, 2018. However, a total of 54 teams made their way to the Grand Finale. Each of the finalist teams presented their prototype of technology-based innovative solution to a panel of 33 industry judges.
Finalists explaining their project to Rector NUST
The winner of FICS ’18 was “Crop Monitoring,” an innovative project by students of NUST School of Civil & Environmental Engineering (SCEE). Crop Monitoring is a platform designed to help farmers in monitoring their wheat fields by giving them real-time information about possible risks that could threaten their crops. “Codifying Brain,” a project by students of NUST Pakistan Navy Engineering College (PNEC) and “Regenerative Medicine,” a project by students of NUST Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB) were declared first and second runner-up, respectively.
Winning Team at FICS 2018 from NUST SCEE
1st Runner-up Team at FICS 2018 from NUST PNEC
2nd Runner-up Team at FICS 2018 from NUST ASAB
Addressing the audience, Lt Gen Naweed Zaman, HI (M), (Retd), felicitated the top position holders and all the finalists, and appreciated them for coming up with technology-based remedies to the most pressing problems of society. He also lauded the efforts of faculty supervisors, respective school management, alumni and industry partners for their continuous mentoring and support to the students. He maintained that FICS ’18 had received over 300 innovative projects, which not only underlined the popularity of FICS amongst students but also showed a remarkable progress from the by-gone years. The Rector also emphasised the role of Science & Technology Universities in improving the lives of communities through technological intervention. To achieve this end, he added, NUST has been taking initiatives, FICS being one of them.
FICS ’18 Sponsors and Partners included Interactive Group, Crescent Steel & Allied Products Ltd., Alachisoft, Alfoze Technologies, Arkhitech and Epiphany Consultants.