Yahsat awards student entrepreneurs at GITEX 2017

First prize goes to ThumbFi app that eliminates the need for multiple remote controls
Yahsat at GITEX Student Lab competition 2017
Yahsat at GITEX Student Lab competition 2017


Yahsat awarded the winners of the Student Lab competition at GITEX 2017.

The first prize winner is Sarthak Sethi, a young Indian student entrepreneur, who received a cash prize of AED 50,000 for winning the competition. Yahsat will provide the winner with an all-expenses paid trip to Kourou in French Guiana, to attend the launch of Al Yah 3. The winning project was a device called ThumbFi that aims to simplify control of various devices by literally bringing control to the fingertips. ThumbFi eliminates the need to use multiple remote controls to control lights, fans, TVs, cars, mobile phones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices, placing them conveniently into one simple app.

Sarthak Sethi said: “Today marks a significant milestone in my personal life and professional career, and my motivation is stronger than ever to drive further change in the ICT sector’’.

The second cash prize of AED 40,000 went to a young group of Emirati women, Nouf Fadel Alsaedi, Fatima Hareb Alneyadi, and Mouza Nasser Alahbabi, who created a smart robotic arm. The product is designed with the aim of assisting post-stroke patients with their recovery and to help enhance their ability to perform their usual daily activities.

Fatima Ahmed Alshaali, a young Emirati lady is the proud third winner, receiving a cash prize of AED 30,000 for designing and developing a one-of-a-kind iOS game. The Silent Fairy game is supported on both iPad and iPhone.

The purpose of the Student Lab is to recognise and promote innovation and creativity among students in the fields of communications technology, engineering, science and computing.

Muna Almheiri, chief human capital officer at Yahsat, said: “Today, we are proud to see how many eager students have submitted projects full of creativity and innovation. We, at Yahsat, are thrilled with today’s results and would like to congratulate all three winners for submitting projects with outstanding ideas. The judges were convinced by the ideas and saw potential in each winner. We are extremely excited to be inviting Sarthak Sethi to attend the launch of our third satellite, Al Yah 3.

‘’Human Capital is the most valuable asset at Yahsat and we will continue to look for ways to invest in young talent, therefore we would like to welcome all three winners to complete an internship at Yahsat to further develop their skills and shadow experienced Emirati and international engineers and ICT professionals’’, added Muna.

The committee has received over 65 submissions, from across the world, including the UAE, USA, Germany and India. 24 projects were shortlisted by a committee comprising high-profile industry leaders, associations and partners and invited to present their projects to technology leaders and professionals at the Student Lab showcase area.

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