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5G university winners get triple applause

The American University of Sharjah students have received triple applause from three leading industry players for demonstrating innovative Fifth Generation (5G) use cases as part of the recently concluded university competition, reports ITRealms.

The three industry leaders, ITRealms gathered, included Etisalat, Intel Corporation and Ericsson.

ITRealms also gathered, the trio of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) giants joined forces in February this year to launch the university competition, targeting engineering students from renowned UAE universities, under the theme of ‘Driving the Future of 5G Innovation’. 

Over 20 teams from the American University of Sharjah, Khalifa University and New York University Abu Dhabi competed to best demonstrate 5G use cases. Five of the 21 teams were shortlisted and invited to present their innovative ideas in front of a prestigious jury of industry executives: Khalifa Al Shamsi, Etisalat Group Chief Strategy & Corporate Governance Officer, Petter J√§rtby, Head of Etisalat Global Customer Unit at Ericsson, and Taha Khalifa, Sales Director, EMEA Territory at Intel evaluated the shortlisted projects.  

Abdullah Ahmed, Jayroop Ramesh, and Saad Aldeen from the American University of Sharjah won first place after presenting their ground-breaking idea of Decentralized Peer to Peer Mobile Devices Cloud computing using 5G technology.

Runner up position went to students Baleegh Ahmad and Doovaraha Maheswarasarma from NYU Abu Dhabi who proposed a solution based on 5G, augmented reality and robotics to optimize and automate operations in the cargo industry.

Finally, Bashar Al Jabery, Marawan El Bardicy and Mustafa Al Jassim from the American University of Sharjah came in third place with their “Wear Hear” use case around using smart glasses, 5G and Edge computing to help individuals with hearing disabilities better communicate and integrate in the society.

The winners were chosen based on certain parameters including their creativity and innovation, their business case potential, their 5G applicability and the benefit and positive impact on the UAE society.


The winning teams will all receive valuable prizes including internship opportunity in Etisalat or Ericsson as well as a one of its kind enrollment opportunity to a tailor made three-month coaching program from Ericsson Garage, which will be kicked off by a full week trip to Ericsson Stockholm.

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