Science and innovation are fundamental to a country’s economic development; a fact that Qatar is well aware of. Taking a proactive approach to its future meant that the country foresaw a time when the world would shift its focus and become less reliant on oil and carbon resources.
The Engineering stage was the culmination of weeks of work for the candidates, who developed their prototypes in close quarters throughout the program. In addition to technical challenges, the men and women had to consider the marketability of their projects.
Fifty percent of the candidates’ score was determined by their industrial design prowess, while their products’ marketability counted for 30 percent. Resourcefulness and leadership demonstrated by the candidates comprised 20 percent of the final score.