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NUST holds second round of FICS ’19; students present 300 innovative projects!
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The Stage 2 of Finding Innovative and Creative Solutions for Society (FICS ’19), a platform to promote social entrepreneurship, was held at National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) here on April 02, 2019. Mr Waqas Naeem, Country Manager and Head of Sales, Ericsson, Pakistan, graced the occasion as chief guest. FICS is aimed at social development through mobilising the youth to find and solve social problems by applying their technical knowledge. It is a three-stage intra-NUST competition, and is closely aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the projects are categorised according to the domains of the SDGs. It is worth mentioning here that NUST is a pioneer among Pakistani universities in aligning its R&D with the SDGs. Today NUST is an SDG-engaged university.
This year, as many as 298 ideas were submitted by student teams from 13 NUST Schools and Colleges. A total of 90 teams, that had qualified for the second round by being shortlisted at Stage 1 of FICS, presented their ideas to a panel of esteemed industry judges. 
20 teams have qualified for the Grand Finale and decisive round of FICS’19, the Stage 3, which will be held tentatively in the first week of May 2019. The chief guest hailed students for their innovative projects and appreciated NUST for playing an important part in solving the most pressing problems of Pakistan through technological intervention. He maintained that FICS has come a long way as a viable platform for deployment and commercialisation of technology-based novel solutions put forth by NUST students. He also said that Academia, Industry, Government and Civil Society, should work in unison and focus their research on areas pertinent to the needs of the communities around. 
A NUST start-up by the name “EKKO” from NUST College of Electrical & Mechanical (CEME), and the finalist of FICS 2018, presented their project during the ceremony. EKKO is a portable device that uses vibrational waves to treat neurological disorders based on Neurotransmission Cognitive Theory. EKKO has won many accolades, including Microsoft Imagine Cup 2019 National Finals, BITA 2017, PASHA 2018, Falling Walls Islamabad, etc. After the opening ceremony, the chief guest visited the stalls, where the student teams briefed him about their projects.

April 2, 2019
 
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National University of Sciences and Technology H-12, Islamabad, Pakistan