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مصنع الافكار: مكونات تولد من رحمها افكار جديدة وتهيء لها الفرصة للازدهار

دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة، 22 يوليو/ تموز/ 2015 / بي آر نيوز وير– في قاعة فسيحة في مركز التجارة العالمي بدبي، يضغط ناصر الكعبي على زر ليفتح ويغلق زوج من الستائر الصغيرة. يعمل الطالب -23 عاما- الذي يدرس بكليات التقنية العليا، كلية العين للبنين، على تطبيق للتحكم فى المنزل الذكى بما يسمح لأصحاب هذه المنازل بالتحكم في أجهزتهم عن بعد.

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وقال الكعبي “إن الهدف يكمن كليا في توفير الطاقة والنقود”. والكعبي وزملاؤه ليسوا سوى ثلاثة من أصل 550 شابا إماراتيا يشارك في المعرض السنوي بـ”العلوم نفكر”، وهي مسابقة وطنية حيث يقدم الطلاب الإماراتيون ابتكاراتهم في قطاع الهندسة والطاقة والطيران.

وتراهن الحكومات والشركات على الاختراعات التي يبتكرها الشباب الصغير مثل الكعبي، ولكن الإبتكارات تنطوي على أكثر من مجرد فكرة بارعة، فهي تحتاج مبادرات تعليمية وحكومية وقطاع الأعمال. لوضع الاساس للموهبة وتهيئة الأجواء للمشاريع والبنية التحتية.

إن الاستثمار في التعليم أمر حيوي، حيث تدرك دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة هذا جنبا إلى جنب مع هدفها الرامي لجذب المزيد من الشباب إلى  STEM  مواد، العلوم والتكنولوجيا والهندسة والرياضيات، كجزء من استراتيجية الابتكار الوطنية.

وتهدف الخطة إلى وضع دولة الإمارات ضمن الدول الأكثر ابتكارا في العالم بحلول عام 2021 وذلك من خلال بناء اقتصاد قائم على المعرفة، مع التركيز على سبعة قطاعات، وهي: الطاقة المتجددة والنقل والتعليم والصحة والتكنولوجيا والماء والفضاء.

وقال جون كاو، مؤسس “إيدج مايكرز” التي تقدم برامج التدريب للمبدعين الشباب، “يجب أن تحاك الأوساط الأكاديمية داخل نسيج الإقتصاد”، وأضاف “إن الابتكارات تزدهر في الولايات المتحدة لأنه من السهل ومن الملائم أن يكون للاكاديميين اسهام في الاعمال والمشروعات.

في الإمارات العربية المتحدة، تشجع المراكز البحثية الأربعة التابعة لمعهد “مصدر”  Masdar   لأبحاث العلوم والتكنولوجيا، الشراكات مع القطاع الخاص. في الصين، تحولت قرية “تشونغ قوان تسون” الريفية، بالقرب من العاصمة بكين، إلى مركز للتكنولوجيا من خلال التعاون المشترك بين رجال الأعمال والأكاديميين. بالقرب من جامعتي بكين وتسينجهوا، ويمكن لمراكز البحث والتطوير التابعة لشركات التكنولوجيا العالمية الاستفادة من مجموعة كبيرة من المواهب.

التالي، أن القطاع العام هو المفتاح في الاستثمار في البنية التحتية لدعم الابتكار. وهنا، فالمدينة كبيرة، وذلك لأسباب ليس أقلها أن ثلثي سكان العالم سيكونوا من سكان المدن بحلول عام 2050، بحسب توقعات الأمم المتحدة.

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One Man, Two Wheels, and a 120,000km Road

DUBAI, UAE, May 20, 2015 / PRNewswire — When Wissam Al Jayyousi came off his KTM 1190 Adventure R motorcycle in an icy river in the Gobi desert in Mongolia – flooding his two-wheeler and nearly losing his pannier in the process – he almost pulled the plug on the 120,000km journey that he is doing for charity.

In a Facebook status that he posted on April 23, he said: “When I stepped out of the river was the point when I said, ‘I want to go home’. It has been a few days with no sleep, and very little food, and extremely cold during the night, all this got me very tired and frustrated and with this on top I actually thought of raising the white flag. It took me a minute to get this out of my head and start thinking straight.”

Wissam – a Jordanian of Palestinian origin – is on a modern-day adventure, riding a motorbike across the world as part of the Goodwill Journey initiative in an attempt to raise $2.5 million “for hundreds of thousands of sick and underprivileged children in the Middle East,” he says.

Partnering with the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) for this trip, the intrepid explorer hopes to “cross 100 countries in 20 months to raise funds to build children’s hospitals and for medical missions across the entire region”.

So what made this Dubai-based entrepreneur – who started his journey on March 1 – temporarily take time out of his IT consultancy business to focus on riding through some of the world’s roughest terrain for charity?

“A few years ago a Middle Eastern father called me,” he begins. “He told me that his daughter got straight As in high school but he didn’t have enough money to put her through college. So, in 2009, I climbed Mount Pumori in Nepal to raise money for educating women in war zones.”

While Wissam’s trek is certainly inspiring, he admits it doesn’t always feel that way to him.

“One of the hardest days was in Pamir, in the mountains of Tajikistan,” he says. “I had to ride through the snow in temperatures of around -13degree(s)C for nine hours at around 90km an hour. I had 32 falls that day.”

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Yao Chen: ’77 million Followers? It’s not so much…’

DUBAI, UAE, May 6, 2015/PRNewswire — Forget Kim Kardashian – with more than 70 million social media followers, actress Yao Chen’s reach is beyond human comprehension. The ‘Queen of Weibo’ discusses notoriety and humanitarianism with Vision’s Joy Yang Lu

It’s a cold February in Beijing. Outside the Ritz-Carlton, biting winds and temperatures of three degrees have reduced poplars lining the street to icy statues, with passers-by, swathed in fleece and goose-down, hurrying to get home.

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Inside the hotel, the scene is very different. Yao Chen – arguably the most famous woman in China – stands in a front room, clad in a white dress and skyscraper heels, and besieged by journalists.

Shortly due to attend a press conference, the actress and social media guru gamely attempts to answer even the most inane questions from the throng of reporters clamouring around her, each begging for a piece of her time. In the end, everyone comes away satisfied; they have got their quotes and are rewarded with the mega-smile that has gained Yao the nickname of Bakasura (rough translation: “big mouth”).

Followers of Yao’s Weibo account – a Chinese blogging site that is a mixture of Twitter and Facebook – may recall, back in 2009, when she messaged: “A woman in high heels is like a woman wearing an artificial limb.” Yet today, Yao remains a consummate professional, wearing the armour of femininity expected by her public without a murmur of complaint.

When we meet later, the heels are swiftly replaced with sneakers, and an explanation. “I love to make people happy,” Yao says.

However she does it, it’s working. Yao’s ascent to her current status as Chinese national treasure has been meteoric. Just eight years ago, the now 35-year-old actress was at the beginning of her career, playing a ditzy girl-next-door on Chinese martial arts comedy My Own Swordsman. The TV show was a phenomenon, airing over 100 episodes, and Yao caught the public’s attention.

She is popular because of her accessibility – conventionally attractive, but not intimidatingly beautiful.

Nor does she play femmes fatales: she is primarily known as a comedic actress, similar to Jennifer Aniston. Moreover, her working-class background her father was a train driver and her mother worked at the post office – adds to her aura of moderateness, something encouraged in China.

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Upwardly Mobile

DUBAI, April 6, 2015 / PRNewswire — Now that smartphone technology is so advanced that we can conduct most daily business from the palm of our hand, how companies are catering to this new – and demanding – consumer?

Pay a bill. Renew a visa. Apply for a loan. Watch a movie. Order a taxi. Order food. Purchase almost any- thing. Navigate to somewhere you’ve never been before. Until recently, such activities required us to visit a customer service centre, phone someone, drive to the mall or unfurl a map. Yet today all can be achieved with a few choice swipes and taps of that powerful computer now carried in almost every pocket or handbag: the smartphone.

Smartphone penetration has really taken hold in two key markets: Africa and the Middle East. In Africa, mobile banking has developed more rapidly than it has in the West. M-Pesa, a Kenyan money-transfer service, allows anyone with a phone to move funds between various banks for a low fee. Even a tribesman with the Maasai has been quoted as saying he buys cattle with M-Pesa because it’s “far more secure than carrying cash.”

Similarly, in the Middle East high smart-phone penetration rates have been making headlines for a number of years now. A recent report by Nielsen revealed that 78 per cent of the UAE population owns a smartphone – almost 10 per cent more people than in the US.

Dubai-based Careem is just one of a number of mobile-savvy businesses in the emirate that are reaping the benefits of this increasing smartphone saturation. The mobile chauffeur-driven-limousine booking app now serves 14 cities across the Middle East and Asia, and recently secured US$10m of investment.

As we increasingly conduct our business from the palm of our hand, there is an inevitable effect: the more empowered we are, the more expectant we become. Lifestyle apps such as Facebook enable us to interact and share anything at any time, so why should this simplicity not be available in every part of our lives?

Such demand poses a significant challenge to industries that are used to relying on face-to-face contact within bricks and mortar. One industry that has had to quickly rise to the challenge of consumer expectation is the retail banking sector.

Ten years ago, if we needed to pay a bill, the only option open to us was to visit a bank branch during working hours, take a ticket and wait for counter service.

But nowadays, if we cannot complete financial transactions late at night from the back seat of a taxi via our mobile phone, we will move our bank account to one that enables us to do so.

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