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Nust provides platform to foster social entrepreneurship.

ISLAMABAD -- National University of Sciences and Technology (Nust) on Tuesday held grand finale and prize distribution ceremony for winners of Finding Innovative and Creative Solutions for Society (FICS 2019), a platform to foster social entrepreneurship.

The overall winner of FICS'19 was Team COMET, who emerged victorious from amongst 298 project ideas pitched during the three-stage competition.

COMET is a communication device that provides off grid communication medium, in case there are no cellular services available.

It will enable one to use one's mobile phone as user interface.

The winning team was awarded a cash prize of Rs100,000, sponsored by Khushhali Microfinance Bank Ltd. In addition, the winners of eight SDG categories were awarded a cash prize of Rs25,000 each.

A total of 35 finalist teams of FICS '19 demonstrated their prototypes of technology-based innovative solutions to a panel of 16 judges.

Apart from the Prototype Development Fund sponsored by the National Radio Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC), FICS to have patronage for 8 SDG categories from a diverse set of industries.

Addressing the audience, the chief guest, retired Lt Gen Naweed Zaman Rector Nust, emphasised on the role of science and technology universities in improving the lives of communities through technological intervention.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:May 1, 2019
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