Students from the Faculty of Architecture- Design & Built Environment at Beirut Arab University- Tripoli Campus won the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Pan Arab, in its third edition; Innovate for Refugees (IFR) #CrackTheCrisis, which is a global competition for the best tech-driven solutions addressing the challenges faced by refugees across the globe. The winner Team consisted from the students Sima El Cheikh, Nadine El-Hayek, and Fatima Fouad Khaled.

Participants from over 50 countries participated in the competition whereby BAU students were chosen in their Ideas Track “KwikPak Shelter” to compete at the final stage.

KwikPak Shelter is a social entrepreneurship entity seeking to provide immediately deployable emergency shelters for refugees and vulnerable people with an eye towards instantly and significantly improving their general quality of life. The shelter concept rests on a foldable and logistics friendly system for quick mobilization and rapid emergency response; including lowered costs of transportation and deployment. The shelters were designed for multi-purpose applications, and customizable in order to accommodate the myriad of needs and circumstances that often arise in emergency and disaster situations.

Winners of the competition were announced at the final Award Ceremony, receiving in addition to cash prizes, training, long-term mentorship, and networking facilities. Moreover, an intensive 3-day training program was conducted by the MIT Bootcamps which focused on the fundamentals of starting a new venture, problem specification, customer mapping, business model, and pitching.