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The Falling Walls Lab KAUST sends three finalists to Berlin

The Falling Walls Lab KAUST showcased amazing ideas. The event was hosted by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology on 27 September 2016.

The presenters pitched their ideas from different fields of research and society in 3 minutes each. A distinguished jury made up of representatives from academia and industry selected the most intriguing presentation. 

The winners of the Falling Walls Lab KAUST will travel to Berlin and participate in the global Lab Finale on 8 November 2016. The winner will also receive a ticket for the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November 2016 within the scope of an A.T. Kearney scholarship.

Meet the winners:

1. Place: Ren Li, China, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) - Breaking the wall of Transistor Leakage

The transistor is well implemented in all electronic devices; however, the leakage power of transistors comes to a severe point where the wasted energy is too much. Our proposed nano-electro-mechanical switch can eliminate the leakage by isolating the leakage current path with an air gap, therefore save the energy as well as reduce the carbon dioxide emission. The same mechanical switch is compatible with CMOS process, and can also be used as digital logic gates, analog to digital converters, memory cells; in the future, besides working together with transistors, it could also completely replace transistor in digital computing.

2. Place: Nouf Al Jabri, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah University of Science Technology (KAUST) - Breaking the Wall of Clean Energy by Plastic Waste

A catalytic system has been developed to quantitatively convert the waste plastics into fuels at low temperature. In sharp contrast to current practices for plastics waste disposal, we maximize the plastic waste utilization for fuels production and relieve the plastics pollution problems.

3. Place: Arwa Kutbee, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) - Breaking the Wall of Long-Term Orthodontic Treatment

Healthy teeth are desired by everyone. Today one size fits all dental brace, although provides the only solution for dental realignment, the process is excruciatingly slow and thus expensive. I have developed a personalized 3D-printed smart dental brace with embedded bio-compatible li-ion batteries and LEDs, providing both teeth realignment and intra-oral red light therapy in one aligner

Meet the jury

Dr. Mootaz N. Elnozahy, Dean, CEMSE Faculty, Computer, Elec, Math Sciences & Eng, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)
Dr. Ravindra Samtaney, Associate Dean Student Affairs, Division of Physical Sciences & Eng, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)
Dr. Suzana Nunes, Associate Dean, BESE, Biological, Environmental Sciences & Eng, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST
Dr. Khaled Nabil Salama, Associate Prof of Electrical Engineering, Computer, Elec, Math Sciences & Eng, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)
Nikolaos Tsorpatzidis, Lead Mentor, Entrepreneurship Center, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST).

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