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QU launches tech competition to fight COVID-19

QU launches tech competition to fight COVID-19

Tribune News Network
Doha
Qatar University’s College of Engineering on Sunday launched a competition to harnesses technology and innovation to design engineering solutions to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Titled “Global Virtual Design and Innovation Competition – Coronacvirus (COVID-19)”, the competition will be held under the slogan “Reengineering the future of healthcare and improving life-impact design”.
The competition includes several categories such as designing mobile applications for coronavirus mitigation, non-chemical disinfection devices and tools such as ventilation valves, breathing filters and masks using 3D technology.
Designing smart, affordable and mobile buildings that can be assembled quickly into a field hospital to accommodate infected patients are also part of the competition.
Entries for the competition can be submitted until June 24.
The winners will be announced on September 24, 2020, which will be followed by an international virtual exhibition on October 20.
The entries are open in six official languages of the United Nations — English, Arabic, French, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.
Design is required to be original work, in which an individual or an integrated team can participate in, and that the idea is technology-inspired, supports sustainable innovation, and is scalable.
The university said the competition comes in the context of the urgent need to develop the industry of scientific and medical technologies to respond to the challenge of the coronavirus and in light of expectations that large number people around the world will be infected with the virus, which increases the pressure on health systems in various countries.