Monday, 12 May 2008

The First Annual National Technology Parade Opening Today

The University of Jordan, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, IEEE in Jordan, and Leading Jordanian Universities are proud to invite you to attend the First Annual Technology Parade opening today May 13th, 2008

The Technology Parade came in response to a global drive towards capitalizing on the innovative potential of students to provide technological solutions to challenges facing businesses, governments, civil society, and local communities.
it aims at motivating the innovative thinking and practical skills of university students especially students of engineering and information technology disciplines, this is attained through providing proper academic steer, financial support and guidance to connect undergraduates’ projects outputs with the market and local community needs and establish interactive communication channels between various market parties, educational institutions and undergraduate students in addition to encouraging healthy and ethical habits of work among students and to emphasize the role of female students in the fields of technology and engineering technology as well.

Over the course of two academic semesters, students from 14 Jordanian universities worked on designing and implementing innovative, technology – driven projects that will be showcased during the Parade. These projects addressed real life challenges from Jordan such as alternative energy solutions, educational outreach, and preservation of natural resources, automation of public services, and a number of other issues where technology can provide cost–effective, efficient, and innovative solutions and alternatives.

According to Dr. Gheith Abandah, Computer Engineering Department Chair at the University of Jordan, Organizing Committee Chair; 79 student teams registered and carried out projects that solve problems which fall under 6 themes drawn from the above challenges and these teams were distributed as follows: JU 28, JUST 10, Al Hussein University 8, Hashemite University 8, PSUT 5, Yarmouk 5, BAU 4, 2 teams from each Al Ahliah Amman, Applied Science University , Al Zarqa Private University and Philadelphia University, one team from each Petra University, Isra University and Muta University.
61 student teams successfully made it and submitted their projects to the parade in due time while 9 project ideas were specific problems suggested by organizations in the local community such as UNIFEM, MoICT, Jordan Electric Power Company and leading Jordanian and regional engineering and IT companies such as Sedco, Optimiza, and Estarta.

A 500 JOD prize will be rewarded for one winning project in each of the six categories, another 500 JOD prize will be rewarded for best project voted to by the audience using a student developed E-voting system, a best project supervisor prize will be rewarded to the teams' choice of best supervisor and it would cover the expenses for attending any academic conference valued at 1500 JOD, results will be announced in the opening ceremony of the Parade.

a two-day program was selectively prepared to include a collection of activities by students, presentations and panel discussions delivered from high profile academia and ICT speakers to prepare students for the Job market in addition to 3 exhibitions for student projects, robotic works, companies & sponsors.

"The design process itself, as we've advanced through the projects pros and cons, the reasoning behind every little feature and how one can understand the nature of the developed project by theory. Of course teamwork was also a great privilege to experiment with my partner" – Team 3

"The challenge; at moments when everything seemed impossible, a simple idea revealed a lot of hope." - Team 55

Those were some answers we received from students upon asking them about the most enjoyable part in developing their projects.

For more details visit:

Saeed Al Mufti Auditorium
Faculty of Engineering and Technology
The University of Jordan

Date and Time:
May 13th-14th: 9:00 - 17:00

Entrance Fees: Free

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