Student team claims first spot in TechCamp Competition

A team of students from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Birzeit University, comprised of Yazan Yahya, Hamzeh Al Nabali, Sharif Al As’ad, and Ramzi Tannous, supervised by Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Wasel Ghanem, claimed first place in the TechCamp Competition.

The competition, organized by Partners for Sustainable Development, is a platform that connects universities, students, and the private sector in Palestine through technology. Supported by the U.S Consulate General, the competition featured seven Palestinian universities and was aimed at young entrepreneurs. 

Birzeit University’s team took first place by designing an Android warehouse management system that optimizes the supply chain and distribution channels. The system, designed to replace paper and automated Excel filing systems, was piloted by the National Beverage Company (Coca-Cola) in their Ramallah warehouses.

Ghanem, who has provided guidance and support for the project from its inception, said that such endeavors are part of Birzeit University’s push toward a more comprehensive, inclusive educational system that utilizes problem-based learning, among other strategies, to develop students’ innovative and creative skills.

“Our projects, such as Ka3kesh [Tinker] Lab, allow our students to apply what they learn in classrooms to actual problems and issues. This sets them on a path of knowledge production on local and global scales and allows them to gain important skills, such as time management, teamwork, and problem-solving,” he added.