Green Competition 2017

B-Hub at Birzeit University is launching a green competition
An opportunity for students and fresh graduates to contribute to making our environment cleaner and win a fully covered trip to an EU country!
Also, any private company willing to adjust their operations so that to decrease the damage to environment are invited to submit their case to the B-Hub. The case will be offered to students and experts who will develop the solutions based on the best international experience and help the companies in adopting the solutions.

Who can participate BZU students, graduates, teams of BZU students and students/graduates from other universities, teams of BZU students/graduates and faculty members
Which ideas can participate Ideas aimed at solving real environmental problems facing real local communities (i.e., burning e-waste in Idna) or environmental problems caused by real local companies (i.e., burning paper waste by a carton company or throwing garbage by supermarkets)
Main product expected from the team A real local company or community adopted or started to adopt your green solution
Introductory workshop schedule At Birzeit University: 27 November and 9 December, from 3:00 - 4:00 pm
At CCE (Masa building): 2 December from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
To participate, please email rndean@birzeit.edu and select the time that suits you.
Pitching date and selection of a winning team February 2018
Number of teams to be selected for the competition 30 teams
Number of teams to be selected as a winner 1 team of up to 4 members plus supervisor
How to  apply

Through http://www.birzeit.edu/ar/b-hub/ndm-l-fryq-ltlb-lmrshdyn-lmtkhssyn-fy-lmwr-lbyyy
Visit the B-Hub website, where environmental problems are published and updated – you can select a green idea for your team from the cases published

Notes:
- B-Hub experts will assist each selected team to develop the solution!
- B-Hub will fully cover the cost of the fieldwork!
- B-Hub will help the teams willing to start their own green business in business modeling, business planning, and connecting to the financiers!
- B-Hub in cooperation with the EQA will organize a bus trip to the sites and communities facing critical environmental issues (please register for the trip through sending an email to rndean@birzeit.edu )

Selection criteria for a winner:

  1. Environmental significance and seriousness of the problem (population affected by the problem)
  2. SMARTness of the solution:
  • Solution is well-defined and measurable, with specific results expected (e.g., modification of the production process through calibrating the cutting machine that will lead to decrease in the paper waste by 50%)
  • Solution is accepted by the beneficiary (private company or community).
  • Solution is achievable and feasible (e.g., it will not be burden to the community or will not require significant financial investments from the private company)
  • Solution is realistic (i.e., all elements are within the beneficiary’s control)
  • Solution can be implemented within a short period of time not exceeding 6 months
  1. Solution will not have negative social impact (e.g., increasing of poverty or decreasing an income among marginalized people)
  2. Originality and innovation of the solution
  3. Sustainability of the solution (i.e., will it solve the problem partially or for short period of time or the solution will eliminate the problem forever)
  4. Implementation / adoptation of the solution by the beneficiary (private company or community): the highest score will be given to the teams, which have started to implement the solution or fully implemented the solution by February 2018.

The competition journey:

  1. Selection of the issue and forming the team. We highly recommend you to attend the orientation workshop of 1 hour duration on main environmental problems in Palestine – this workshop will help you select a green idea for your team. You will also learn on how to participate and win in the competition. Look at our website for the dates of the workshops (http://www.birzeit.edu/ar/b-hub/lmsbq-lkhdr-2017)
  2. Apply to the competition (http://www.birzeit.edu/ar/b-hub/ndm-l-fryq-ltlb-lmrshdyn-lmtkhssyn-fy-lmwr-lbyyy)
  3. The selected teams (40 teams at least) will be asked to develop a 1-page abstract on the environmental issue they chose and proposed approach to solve the issue; the B-Hub experts will help the teams in the developing the abstract.
  4. Submit the abstract to the jury (the contact info will be provided to the selected teams)
  5. Work with the B-Hub technical experts on the development of the solution for the environmental problem you chose – the B-Hub fully covers the transportation and other costs related to the fieldwork
  6. Work with the B-Hub business mentors on the development of the business model for your green business – if you decide to start your own green business  
  7. Assist a company or community in adopting your solution, under guidance of the B-Hub technical and business experts  -  the B-Hub fully covers the transportation and other costs related to the fieldwork
  8. Pitch to the B-Hub jury and win a trip to one of the EU countries

Hult Prize:
You may also apply for the Hult Prize at their website.


Join the Green Mentors Students' Team

Who can become a Green Mentor?

  • Students studying engineering, health and environmental studies, business, economics, ICT, sciences, or anyone interested in environmental issues – at undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Students can apply as individuals or as a team.  We encourage multi-disciplinary teams to work together
  • We particularly encourage students willing to introduce green practices or products into their family businesses

How it works?

Each year, the B-Hub will announce a green research competition

Each year, 30 student teams will be selected to participate in the competition

Within the competition, student teams with supervision from faculty members will:

  • Identify environmental issues caused by operations of particular businesses (e.g., waste from supermarkets, stone quarrying, chemical manufacturer, farmer, etc.),
  • Research international best practices in solving similar environmental issues
  • Adapt the international practices to the local context – or develop an innovative solution
  • Select local companies willing to adopt the environmental solutions, and
  • Assist these companies in adopting your environmental solution (with support from our team of technical and business mentors)

The results will be presented to a jury who will select the best team based on clear selection criteria

The winning team will be awarded a study visit to an EU country of their choice.

You will be given priority in the selection, even if you don’t have a team

You can still apply.  We will help you join other teams or put together a team.

Yes, if you (i) find local companies willing to adopt your solution and (ii) help these companies in adopting your solution

At least one

An expert with the expertise relevant to the environmental issue you have selected

Yes; we will provide you with an official letter and this will be count towards your volunteer hours – provided that you have completed the assignment satisfactorily with at least one company.

The B-Hub will cover the transportation expenses for visits to the companies’ business sites