Doha – Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) recently announced the launch of its new Innovation Space, a groundbreaking initiative designed to foster entrepreneurship and creativity. The Innovation Space will serve as a platform for connecting and sharing ideas, people, resources and expertise, and will act an incubator for novel initiatives that address critical issues.
“HBKU’s Innovation Space is grounded in the university’s identity and is one of many critical projects outlined in the 10-year strategic plan,” said Dr Ahmad Hasnah, president, HBKU. “The Innovation Space will play a critical and integral role in instilling this entrepreneurial mindset. Acting as a hub, for all colleges and institutes within the university and extended to partner universities and the industry, Innovation Space will be a platform within HBKU for experimentation and creativity, fostering a culture that encourages risk-taking and does not stigmatize failure.”
Innovation Space is also meant to help students, faculty and researchers transform their ideas into reality, and has substantial added value in technology transfer and commercialisation. It will connect members of HBKU community to leaders in start-up ecosystems around the globe; provide entrepreneurship-related education to Education City community; assist local businesses and industries in developing an innovation focus; connect start-up teams with experts for mentorship and potential investors; and provide support services. Ultimate aim of Innovation Space is to develop a steady pipeline of commercialisation-ready technologies and ideas.
Innovation Space initiatives are underway and are carried out within the university and across the colleges and research institutes, as they seek to address topics in humanities, social sciences, engineering, ICT, and health and life sciences. A makerspace initiative by the College of Islamic Studies was launched recently through which students were able to produce a global Islamic resolution for humanity. Additionally, researchers at Qatar Computing Research Institute have developed a Machine Learning platform with many applications, currently being piloted at Qatar Airways and other local institutions. A growing number of E-platforms are in different stages of development, including Rayyan systematic review system, which has more than 9,000 users worldwide; Artificial Intelligence for Digital Response system, which is consistently utilised by the United Nations to monitor disaster areas across the globe; as well as the Jalees e-reader application, which proved to be beneficial to many schools in Qatar.