YOUTH FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY
The Swiss Pavilion in partnership with Swissnex has launched the Swiss – Middle East Circular Economy for Youth Initiative (SMECEYI). This initiative brings together students from universities across the Middle East region to develop innovative solutions for a cleaner environment, promoting the circular economy and encouraging youth empowerment.
Mentors from Swiss universities and companies are working hand in hand with the teams, facilitating exchanges and strategic connections for future collaborations. Best projects will be exposed at the Swiss Pavilion and team members will be invited to take part in additional activities, such as workshops and joint panels, leading to unique networking opportunities.
Finalists will be announced during summer and will be given opportunities to further develop their project, in partnership with our judges, mentors and local incubators. Let’s discover the 10 selected teams who are enabling youth empowerment and waste management with their solutions.
“Sustainable Builders” is a mobile application where recycling companies and other interested stakeholders can find excess construction waste and contact the seller to reuse it. It is a platform that creates a space for all interested stakeholders to share information and manage such excess materials. The goal is to eliminate the increasing construction waste and reduce the need to consume natural resources. Through the app, the user can volunteer at construction sites in need and also submit any innovative ideas that help with reducing construction waste.
The purpose of our project is to eliminate the increasing construction waste and reduce the need to consume natural resources. Our project helps conserve important raw materials and protects natural habitats for the future. It provides a way to counter risk construction waste.
Our project is a virtual application for managing and reusing excess construction waste that includes valuable resources or materials. Recycling companies and other interested people can find excess construction waste and contact the seller to reuse it. It is a platform that creates a space for all interested stakeholders to share information and manage such excess materials.
The main users of our app include governments, construction companies, CD waste production units, designers, contractors, material suppliers, recycling entities, also people with properties in progress.
Waste can be steel off-cuts, wood off-cuts, wood after repetitive use, concrete, packaging, paint, plasterboard off-cuts, cable off-cuts, and even plastic. Most of these materials can be reused such as plasterboard, steel, wood, plastic, and concrete. But they need to be transformed before actually using them which is more efficient than just dumping them.
Why did you join this initiative?
Living in an industrial country construction waste is an important hidden issue here. People (Recycling companies and consumers) are not focusing on the construction waste; many buildings and constructions are going in the country as a result the waste is increasing. In the UAE, for instance, construction waste counts for 75% of total waste. Therefore, we joined the initiative to come up with a solution to reduce the number of wastes to achieve less waste going to landfills, less use of natural resources, lower CO2 emissions and lower risk of pollution incidents. Enrolling in the Swiss Middle East Circular Economy for Youth Initiative helped us to build and strengthen our problem-solving, teamwork, communication, creativity, and analytical skills where we will get to develop unique and innovative solutions for a cleaner environment.
What do you like about Switzerland?
Switzerland is known for being one of the most beautiful and calm places in the world. Switzerland has a great standard of living and proudly features and it is on the list of the happiest countries in the world. The country is located in the middle of western Europe therefore many good products such as cheese, wine, pasta are easily affordable. In our opinion, Swiss people are very helpful and friendly towards foreigners. Each swiss kantons have their own tradition and culture which is cool.
Who are the team members?
- Mahra AlMaqbali – I am Mahra Naji AlMaqbali. I am an 18 years old Emirati, born and raised in Alain, I study at the United Arab Emirates University in the aerospace engineering field, I like learning languages I speak 4 languages. I would describe myself as someone who is highly motivated, and I particularly enjoy working as a part of a team. In this project, I am playing the lead role by planning, organizing, brainstorming, and communicating with team members.
- Shoug AlMazrouei – Hello, my name is Shouq Almazrouei. Im a 21 years old Political Science student at UAE University. Apart from my studies, I enjoy painting, spending time with my family, and talking to people. Always seeking new experiences to build my skills set and learn more. My role in this project includes being the team speaker, researching, and accomplishing required tasks.
- Maryam Naveed – I am Maryam, an enthusiastic individual residing in Dubai. I attained my bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science from UAE University. After acquiring two years of work expertise as a nutritionist, I decided to pursue my master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. I describe myself as an active and ambitious personality in pursuit of knowledge and expertise. I’m an active advocate when it comes to environmental sustainability. My aim is to attain the required expertise and knowledge from my present team project and positively contribute to society in the field of sustainability. My hobbies entail skating, drawing, writing poetry, and reading books.
- Mouza AlMansoori – I am Mouza Almansoori, I am 21 years Emirati from an inland city called Alain. I’m an undergraduate Mechanical engineer in my fourth year at UAE University. I love being a writer with a huge imagination and a poetic sense. I aspire for a promising and peaceful future. I’m known to adapt to every struggling situation with a good sense of management and new ideas.