Each day that passes by in the program starts a new page in the lives of the twenty five Proteges of Generation II. The fifth day of their six-weeks journey started with a short, interactive lecture by Mentor Shamlan Al Bahar. The mentor, and one of the program’s founders, started his lecture by a simple question “ What is innovation?”. Mentor Shamlan then started explaining inventions that have changed the world we live in.
Mentor Shamlan Al-Bahar and Protege Fatma Murad
For the mentor to impact the minds of his proteges and deliver his message swiftly, he thought of making the proteges come up with an innovative, original idea. Within an hour they hypothetically brainstormed a business. The process Mentor Shamlan led them through was how successful innovators started their career.
Protege Yaqoub Al-Nafisi
After the five minute break, the counselors of the program divided the 25 proteges into five even groups. Counselor Fay Al Omran, then, proposed the Innovation Challenge. The objective of the challenge was for each team to create its own invention that has to be useful, creative, original, good-looking, and within the given budget. The teams were given 20 minutes to brainstorm, 30 minutes to gather their needed materials, and an hour to assemble their object. In the end, each team was to present their idea to the fifteen judges.
Every challenge has its rules and regulations. Cheating in the challenge is not tolerated. The teams had to be punctual and arrive on time. If they exceeded the given time limit, points would have been deducted from their score. The team, too, could not spend more than KD 10 on their purchases and had to give their receipts to one of the counselors as soon as they arrived. Teams cannot take materials from other teams; however, they can trade with other teams.The teams were judged by 15 guest judges. Each judge had to grade the teams and then the final score would be the average of all judges. The rubric was divided into six categories: Time management 15 points; Organization 15 points; creativity 15 points; functionality 10 points; presentation 15 points; and a hidden category worth 25 points.
Team Jamaica with their dust defender umbrella
In the end, all fifteen judges were amazed by the efforts and innovative minds the proteges had. Yet only one team won. That team was team International for their Beach hat!
Team International and their multi purposed beach hat
At the end of this day The Proteges have certainly gained from this experience the importance of time management, how to work under a budget, and the importance of teamwork and communication.