A group of Dubai students has invented a fashion line that helps protect humans from the “harmful radiation” caused by WiFi. Students from the Gems Our Own English High School Dubai were displaying their project at this year’s Global Innovation Challenge.
The Grade 9 students Abigale Kyra, Teresa Susan, Karuna Narendra Hirani and Simran Bhagchandani – said their project, called WiFine, was inspired by warnings from many experts about the electromagnetic radiation caused by WiFi as “serious health risk”.
The clothing line has microfabricated chips installed into the clothes, ultimately “protecting” humans. “WiFi is very harmful and can cause several kinds of diseases, such as brain tumour, cancer and sleeping problems. We came up with a solution,” said Kyra. “We have started our own clothing line called the WiFine Collection, where we have our microchips micro-fabricated, therefore making us safe from radiation in a fashionable way.”
At the Global Innovation Challenge being held by Gems Education and Singularity University, more than 200 students from across the country showcased their projects designed to solve the world’s most pressing issues.
The participants had to produce innovative ideas under one of the 12 categories to solve the world’s challenges, including in areas such as environment, water, energy, food, transport and security.
Fighting fake news
One group of Grade 11 students from the Gems Modern Academy was displaying their idea of a kiosk, with Artificial Intelligence (AI), that distributes “facts” and eliminates “false news stories”.
The idea of the project, called Politic. AI, was inspired by the US presidential elections and the “false news” that was being spread online, including the crowd size of Donald Trump’s inauguration and immigration policies.
“With this invention, politicians can be held accountable because the promises they have made will be stored as credible news sources into this programme,” said Anay Metha, who is one of the brains behind this project.
Mick Gernon, senior vice-president, global head of innovation, research and development at Gems Education, told Khaleej Times that innovation is an important area of study and practice for students today, as it will prepare them for the future.
“We’ve challenged and refined our programme to make sure all of our teams over here are trying to come up with solutions for humanity’s greatest challenges,” he said. “For me, our whole school curriculum does not prepare students for this, and it should do. When you walk around and see such vibrancy and creative ideas, technical abilities and ideas on how you can solve problems, that for me, should be the heart of what an education is about.
“I think we are a school curriculum that is in the darker ages in some respect. What we’re trying to teach students in these kinds of programmes is how to become more future-focused. These types of skill sets and problem solving skills are essential.”
The top project in each of the 12 categories will be given additional mentorship and the opportunity to present at global showcases, including the Singularity Global Summit in San Francisco in August.
All finalists will also be inducted into the Arab Innovation Centre for Education (AICE) Accelerator Programme, which provides mentorship and workshops on design thinking, prototyping, marketing and presentation skills.
Ensuring water security for villages
One world-saving invention at the Global Innovation Challenge was by Shaik Ahmed and Daniyal from the Westminister School, who were displaying an idea of a waste water treatment plant.
The plant was designed to help countries, especially villages, that are suffering from water scarcity. The sewerage water from the cities gets recycled, cleaned and is then distributed to remote villages through underground pipes.
“Some people from countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and others don’t have enough water to use and they’re walking several miles to get water. This will help produce more water within the village,” said Ahmed.