RIT Dubai students wow judges to win Fujitsu Global Start-up Initiative title

Two RIT Dubai students’ idea for an intuitive indoor car-parking navigation system has impressed over 500 senior IT professionals from around the world, securing Sanaz Mokhtari, a third-year Mechanical Engineering student, and Syed Moneeb Ali, a third-year Electrical Engineering student, first place at the prestigious Fujitsu Global Start-up Initiative 2017.

Taking place as part of the Fujitsu World Tour, which takes place in 25 cities and showcases the best innovative technology, services and solutions coming from one of the world’s leading IT companies, the Global Start-up Initiative pitted students from universities across the region against each other to address a need that a start-up may require through the power of IT. 

Under the theme of “Human Centric Innovation – Digital Co-Creation”, Sanaz and Syed faced the challenge head-on to be shortlisted to present their idea in just two minutes to over 500 senior IT professionals from the globe at the Waldorf Astoria, Dubai Palm Jumeirah. The judges overwhelmingly voted in favor of their idea during a live voting session.

"One of the main reasons that I pursued engineering was to come up with solutions for problems that we face on an everyday basis. I am glad that Fujitsu has given my colleague and I the chance to do so even before graduating and I am even more glad that our idea was welcomed by the judges and over 500 senior IT professionals. It truly aspires me to work harder and fulfil my responsibilities as an individual towards making our community better place to live in." Sanaz said.

“If you want to find an innovative idea, observe your surroundings carefully.” Syed Moneeb Ali.

Sanaz and Syed were awarded with tailored internships at Fujitsu and a cash prize.

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