CMU-Q alums take first place at IdeaCamp 2019
Two graduates of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), Yasir Khan and Abdul Wasay, took first place in IdeaCamp 2019, a Digital Incubation Center program and part of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Khan and Wasay both graduated in 2018 from the Information Systems Program at CMU-Q.
For IdeaCamp, Khan and Wasay presented their idea of an augmented reality screen for storefronts that would show the store’s outfits on a person walking by. They developed the idea to help clothing stores increase the number of customer walk-ins, which by extension would help increase sales.
Khan remarked: “Carnegie Mellon laid the foundation on which we were able to grow this idea and compete on a scale this big. The introduction to entrepreneurship course taught by Professor George White was our first real inspiration to start something of our own.”
More than 250 teams applied for the IdeaCamp program, which included training, mentoring and rehearsal sessions over several months. The team presented their product at QITCOM 2019, where they were awarded 125,000 QAR and incubation at the Digital Incubation Center to develop their product further.