The Afghan team is working on a renewable energy project and is hopeful to win the prize.
Afghan Students To Compete For Hult Prize
For the first time in Afghanistan’s history, four students from Kabul Polytechnic University have been nominated for the Hult Prize – a competition that asks teams to present a solution to a global problem for a chance to win $1 million USD.
The event is supported by United Nations and Bill Clinton Foundation.
Winning teams from each of at least 1,000 Hult Prize Campus events bypass the general application round to compete in one of 15 regional final competitions. From these regional competitions, 50 teams are selected to an eight-week Hult Prize accelerator program in London.
The accelerator programs prepares teams for the final global competition at the United Nations headquarters in New York, where the $1 million USD grand prize will be awarded.
The Prize is named for a Swedish-born entrepreneur and billionaire, Bertil Hult, one of Europe’s leading entrepreneurs who founded Education First, the largest private education company in the world. Hult and his family provide the $1-million prize money for the competition.
According to the Hult Prize organization website, this year’s competition challenges students to build a scalable, sustainable social enterprise that can harness the power of energy to transform the lives of 10 million people by 2025. Teams must present their solutions in a six-minute-long pitch.
From Afghanistan, Mirwais Nusrat and his team have been selected out of 10 groups to attend at the Hult Prize competition.
The Afghans quad have made a plan on renewable energy sources.
“We are four people in this group: two boys and two girls. We are working to achieve the best result,” Adina Faiz Zada, member of the Afghan team, said.
Hult Prize competition has four stages. The first stage is held in every participant university, the second phase is conducted in China’s Shanghai city, the third phase in London and the final stage is organized in New York City in September.
“In our project, we can produce electricity from energy that will be clean and will not pollute the environment,” Maryam Formuli, member of theAfghan team, said.
“The project can benefited universities and schools. It uses the tools which are not polluting the environment and have no harm to the people,” Mirwais Nusrat, member of the team, said.
Hult Prize representative in Afghanistan, Naqibullah Aziz, said the aim of the prize and the competition is to eliminate poverty and encourage students to use the best of their capabilities.
“In general, the aim of the Hult Prize is to eradicate poverty and global challenges of the people by using the capacities of the world’s students,” said Aziz.