Falling Walls Lab Khartoum 2017
Falling Walls Lab Khartoum 2017

On August 20. 2017, the German Ambassador Klöckner and the Sudan DAAD- Representative Sarah Hamad welcomed the participants and audience of  the "Falling Walls Lab Khartoum" first edition, a competition of outstanding young Sudanese academics, entrepreneurs and specialists from all disciplines.

The very well-attended event was organized by the German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD in cooperation with the German Embassy and the Goethe-Institute in the Sharja Hall of the University of Khartoum. Innovative and groundbreaking ideas were presented on stage within three minutes in front of a high-ranked Jury:

  • Holger Tillmann (Deputy Head of Mission-German Embassy Sudan)
  • Awad Rizgalla (CEO- KSB Sudan)
  • Mogtaba Amer (Residence Representative Alumni Cross Culture Program)
  • Dr. Samir Shaheen (Director Educational Development Center- University of Khartoum/Vice President DAAS-Alumni Ass
  • Dr. Sarra Ahmed Mohamed Saad (Associate Research Professor-National Center for Research/Founder of Knowledge Transfer Group Sudan/Member  of World Association for Sustainable Development WASD/Member of Sudan Knowledge in Sudan)
  • Prof. Siham Bakhit (Vice Chancellor Alzaim Alazhari University)
  • Rabab Osman (HR-Manager Zein)

Winner of the evening was: Montaser Fathelrahman Mohammed-Alamen, fourth years Student of Engineering from the University of Khartoum, convinced the jury with his presentation "Breaking the wall of Disability through the Brain Script". The presentation was about a System, aiming at helping paralyzed people to move using neuro-signals transmitted by the brain (Thoughts). It also automatically stops before colliding with barriers. To operate, it uses Artificial intelligence(AI) to generate a universal equation to describe brain signals regardless of the person by applying Machine learning methods to large numbers of brain signal samples.  Due to the winner, the system has high accuracy and low cost. This project is patented, and takes the best student research in Arab university competitions, and books are under publication.

The good atmosphere has contributed to the great success of the event. Falling Walls was an important step for the interdisciplinary exchange among a highly motivated young Sudanese community. Followed by the award ceremony, the reception gave the opportunity to get to know each other, to network and to celebrate the success of the event.

Montaser attended the final Falling Walls Lab in Berlin on November 9/10, 2017 and we are proud to announce that he was awarded with the "audience award", the annual award given by the audiences choice. Watch Montaser's 3 Minute pitch at the Falling Walls Lab in Berlin here on Youtube.

Audience Award - Falling Walls Lab Berlin 2017
Falling Walls Lab Berlin 2017