On February 20, 2017, under the auspices of His Excellency the Minister of Telecommunications Jamal Jarrah, the awards ceremony of the Alfa & Ericsson IoT competition was held at the Hilton Metropolitan Hotel- Sin El Fil, where the three winning teams were announced and monetary prizes were disturbed.
Alfa and Ericsson launched the competition in November 2016 in collaboration with the IEEE in Lebanon. Twenty teams constituted of students in telecom, computer, and electrical engineering in senior years from eleven universities took part in this multi-phase competition over eight weeks, presenting their Internet of things (IoT) projects before a jury of experts. After five teams qualified for the final round, the winning team was AUST’s IoTrust team, followed in the second place by BAU Brainiacs from Beirut Arab University, and in the third place by UNIT from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik.
The closing ceremony jury was composed of by Alfa’s Chairman and CEO Marwan Hayek, the Head of Ericsson North Middle East region Mohammad Dergham and Mr. Nabil Yamout adviser to the Minister of Telecommunications, who evaluated projects based on their creative and innovative development, their business case, and their implementation. The winning team received a $5000 prize, while the second and third teams received $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. Members of the winning team also received the opportunity to participate in training programs with Alfa and Ericsson, and certificates of appreciation were distributed to the participating teams.