Jun. 28, 2017
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Above: Winners and judges

  

The concluding event of the first multi-disciplinary competition in Israel, Smart Technologies: Innovation for Better Life, took place last Tuesday, June 26th, 2017. 

The BGU Smart Competition was created with the understanding that every life-changing technology begins with people from different disciplines. The competition is a joint initiative of the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management, the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and the Bengis Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 

From the opening speed-date event three months earlier, over 150 students from all over the country applied, met and grouped into 21 teams working rigorously on their projects to utilize life-improvement technology and management. Teams were required to contain at least one management student and one engineering student among them. With the support and accompaniment of devoted mentors, every team submitted an impressive project.

Awards for the projects placing first, second and third were NIS 25,000, NIS 15,000 and NIS 10,000 respectively, intended for use in furthering their ideas into forming actual start-up companies.  

Awards.jpg Above: Award ceremony 

 

A team of 4 dedicated entrepreneurs won first prize: Gil Boral an MBA student in the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management at BGU, Michal Cohen, a graduate from the Faculty of Engineering of Ariel University; Shaked Magal a mechanical engineer from the Azrieli College of Engineering and Tom Dekel a graduate in government science from IDC, Herzliya. The team created BabyRoo, a smart baby growth monitor that autonomously measures, calculates and reports the most important growth indicators. 

Second prize went to Linoy Shafrut from BGU's Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management and Daniel Schnider, an alumnus of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences currently pursuing his second master's degree, in business administration. Linoy and Daniel created MelaShield, a technology based on image processing to help diagnose Melanoma. 

CYou! is a technological solution for photographers and their customers. CYou! utilizes facial recognition technology to help its users sort themselves out of thousands of photographs. The project’s leaders, Shabi Dagan, an MBA student in BGU’s Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management and Tzvi Diskin, a Ph.D. student in Computer Science, gave an impressive demonstration of their technology and were awarded the honorable third prize. 

Other praiseworthy projects were: EDEN, a 4 legged robot developed for planting trees efficiently on hard terrain; Social JukeBox which enables its users to vote and influence the music played in their surroundings; SueApp, which simplifies the process of submitting small claims; DeepSearch, a Chrome add-on readily available in the webstore, which eases the use of search engines; CTRL-FV enables the search function “ctrl+f” in videos. TopGuides, a website where one can find reliable information on local tour guides; and Novex, a secure platform to liaise between tenants and leasees. 

A team of eight judges from academia and industry evaluated the finalists: Prof. Oded Lowengart, Dean of the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management; Prof. Yossi Kost, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences; Prof. Dafna Schwartz, Chairman and Director of the Bengis Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Dr. Stav Rosenzweig, a lecturer in the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management, Mr. Elad Goshen from Orbotech; Mr. Oleg Brodt from Deutsche Telekom; Ms. Ora Horowitz from B.G. Negev, and Mr. Ronen Lago and Ms. Einat Yuzent. 

The competition led to the development of promising and innovative technologies and equally important to the emergence of new entrepreneurs, who received valuable experience and tools for their future careers.