AUIS Students Shine at TECHFEST-Sulaimani 2023 | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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AUIS Students Shine at TECHFEST-Sulaimani 2023

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 23:00
TECHFEST, the biggest technology competition in Iraq, took place for the third time under the supervision of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, H.E. Qubad Talabani, at the Sulaymaniyah International Fairgrounds beginning on February 16, 2023. The three-day event was free and open to the public.
TECHFEST is a platform for tech entrepreneurs to present their projects to the general public. This year, the event showcased projects in 18 different categories, including 3D printing, cybersecurity, drones, gaming, health and wellness, infrastructure networks, smart energy, software and mobile apps, wearable technologies, artificial intelligence, digital imaging, embedded technologies, hardware, in-vehicle entertainment and safety, robotics, smart home, virtual and augmented reality, and web applications.
The main goal of TECHFEST is to support creative youth in Iraq. This year a number of AUIS students presented their inventions at the event. One student was Shad Mohammed. Shad’s project, The Future of Education, won first place in the software competition among more than twenty other software projects.
The Future of Education project was inspired by Shad’s own experience with online learning. “When Covid started, online school started with it. Personally, I was someone who couldn’t listen and keep focused in an online class,” Shad said. He then created a virtual classroom, using his VR headset. The virtual classroom includes markers, erasers, whiteboards, and other necessary classroom items.
Another AUIS student, Mohamad Safin, majoring in software engineering, participated in the event and presented two of his projects called Chara and Hagba. Chara is an application that connects patients with doctors and their clinics online, making it easier for people to find the right doctors. It allows patients to make appointments online, use maps to find doctors’ locations quickly, and provides all other information about the doctors. The app is available in three languages: Kurdish, Arabic, and English.
Hagba is made for undergraduate-level students and allows them to test their knowledge through thousands of questions from different schools and teachers. 
Mohammed said he has been interested in software and technology, and that his education at AUIS helped him put his knowledge into action and participate in such challenges and exhibitions like TECHFEST, HITEX, and others. He also said that he is interested in helping the community and using technology to help make daily tasks easier and faster. This led him to create Chara and Hagba. These projects will be free and released to the public soon.
This article was written by Zaid Khudur and first appeared on The AUIS Voice website on February 23, 2023. It has been edited for clarity and published to the AUIS website with permission of the editor in chief.