Game changers: Young innovators stun crowd with their creativity

Published: October 18, 2015
Winner Danyal Sandeelo, First runner-up Dr Waqar Saleem & Second runner-up Taleha Aftab

Winner Danyal Sandeelo, First runner-up Dr Waqar Saleem & Second runner-up Taleha Aftab

KARACHI: Young innovators and social agents stunned the audience and jurists with their creative ideas and inventions for the betterment of the society at Falling Walls Lab, Karachi.

The event was hosted by Habib University on Friday. Thirteen participants, including students, doctors and field practitioners, presented their ideas on a variety of different topics such as arts and culture, medicine and technology. Each presentation lasted for three minutes.

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“This is the first time the Falling Walls Labs is being held in Pakistan,” said Habib University School of Science and Engineering Dean Dr Shoaib Zaidi. “Its objective is to construct and promote interdisciplinary connections between entrepreneurs, professionals and academics hailing from different fields.”

Out-of-the-box ideas

Dr Samreen Arif of Dawood University of Engineering presented her idea of making a probe to help with the ultrasounds of pregnant women who are overweight. In Western countries, the problem is curbed by using magnetic resonance imaging but Pakistan does not have similar facilities. “The device can also be used for men during renal introspection,” she added.

A system archiving the degenerating artifacts of the country was presented by Dr Waqar Saleem of Habib University. Saleem explained how three-dimensional (3D) scanning of the artifacts can contribute to their preservation. “A 3D scan can capture the image and an internet archive can be made,” he claimed. “It can also identify the cracks within the structure that may not be visible to the naked eye.”

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Danyal Sandeelo, Fast University student, presented on forming a system of context aware text mining that can be used to foster data scrapping. He has created a software with a built in algorithm that determines the relevance of information extracted from search engines online.

The obstacle towards college counseling was highlighted by Taleha Aftab of Counselling Pakistan. She talked about her project to launch a career-counseling website for students, looking for opportunities both abroad and on the local level.

Sandeelo was awarded the first position and received a scholarship to Berlin where he will present his idea in front of an international jury of academic, business and social leaders. Saleem secured the second position and Aftab was awarded the third position.

Falling Labs initiative

An initative of the Falling Walls Foundation, Germany, the Falling Walls Lab Karachi is an inspiring and innovative forum for participants to engage with fellow entrepreneurs, academics, and professionals, learn about innovative research and ideas, and connect to business, scientific and entrepreneurial networks.

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Falling Walls Labs take place globally throughout the year, fostering scientific and entrepreneurial innovations and promoting exchange between young scholars and professionals from different fields of expertise.

The winners of the international Falling Walls Labs qualify for the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, which is held every year on November 9, to symbolise the fall of wall in Berlin.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 18th, 2015.

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  • Shaheera Jalil Albasit
    Oct 18, 2015 - 5:41PM

    The winning idea by Danyal Sandeelo has tremendous potential. Way to go.
    Also, the first runner-up wasn’t Dr. Waqar exactly. The person pictured (and he was the same person who presented the idea in place of Dr. Waqar because Dr. Waqar wasn’t present; though the idea was of course of Dr. Waqar) is an instructor at Habib University.Recommend

  • Humza
    Oct 18, 2015 - 7:15PM

    Not really sure how they were “creative”, anyways, good intiative.
    Also, Danyal Sandeelo’s idea is a classic example of how 5 years down the line you’ll end up with an NSA-esque spying.
    Let’s curb that idea before it gets out of hand.Recommend

  • Raiha
    Oct 18, 2015 - 7:43PM

    Congratulations winners A brilliant opportunity provided by Habib University. Wish you all the best for the Finale. Also, the guy pictured is Anzar Khaliq, assistant professor at Habib University who presented Waqar Saleem’s idea as he was not present there.Recommend

  • Shaheera Jalil Albasit
    Oct 18, 2015 - 8:31PM

    @Humza: I am definitely missing something out there with Sandeelo’s idea. How does it get so lethal?Recommend

  • Humza
    Oct 18, 2015 - 9:33PM

    @Shaheera Jalil Albasit:
    Turn this algorithm a little. Change the source from Internet search engine to stores surveillance data and it could be used to find relevant data easily. Instead of having to manually mine through millions of records. You could just do it simply with this.
    Of course, as with everything, it depends on how you end up using it. But Pakistan’s surveillance laws give ample of power of spying so who knows ehRecommend

  • Oct 19, 2015 - 2:43PM

    Thanks everyone for the appreciation.

    @Shaheera thanks and @humza getting into the surveillance data is something different. I am using google api on the back-end for searching so it already won’t allow you to get into the things that are already not public.

    My idea is more like Uber google (thinking to bring a new name – basically context aware searching on the back-end), Google provides us search results based on a number of parameters. I am trying to bring in the Context within the search.

    Context could be anything, be it journalism, cs academics, tourism etc. so it is like recommendation system based on google search (we know Google is pretty smart) and of-course would be extremely fast since we will be using computational power of computer (could be cloud, CUDA, etc.).Recommend

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