21 Mar 2018 – 10:30

The Peninsula

DOHA: To foster an environment that advocates sustainability and corporate responsibility, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) is presenting its latest makerspace initiative titled Green Economy, Business, and Entrepreneurship in Qatar to encourage a more informed understanding of ethics and practices of green economies.

The two-day event is open to public and will take place on March 28 and 29 at the Education City Student Center.

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The event will bring together organisations and members of the community for sprint, interactive exhibitions, workshops, and short talks. Dr. Emad El-Din Shahin, Dean of CIS, noted: “As the Dean of the College of Islamic Studies, I am extremely happy to have initiated this university-wide engagement.

“Makerspace represents the innovation driven path we have embarked on and this initiative is a perfect example of thinking of innovation at the social, economic, cultural levels.”

Various activities are planned over the course of the initiative and all members of the public, HBKU leadership, faculty, staff, students, and alumni have been invited to attend. One significant spectacle will be the competitive Makeathon, where groups of integrated individuals will attempt to solve issues relating to waste management, sustainable tourism, environmental awareness and water security.

To aid their mission, selected participants will receive fabrication tools such as microcontroller kits, 3D printers, CNC routers, as well as resources found at the event.

An exhibition called Living Off the Land will aim to present how different people rely on nature to survive, out of necessity or by choice. The exhibition will aim to portray how land may be used in various ways, while respecting the role of nature in our everyday lives. The exhibition hopes to inspire and create an awareness of the possibilities of sustainable survival.

HBKU has partnered with a selection of sustainability experts, supporters, and partners, including Qatar Development Bank, the Qur’anic Botanic Garden, Qatar Green Building Council, Qatar National Research Fund and Al Jaber Green Construction.