|Grenfell PhD student makes top five in Mel Woodward Cup
A PhD candidate in Grenfell’s transdisciplinary sustainability program made the top five list at the Mel Woodford Cup competition this week.
Abdul-Latif Alhassan is co-founder of AbbaTek Group Inc., a software company that aims to increase capacity to collect and analyze certain environmental data, starting with microplastics. His partners are Jean-Samuel Poirier, a master of business administration student, and geoscientist Ivo Agbor Arrey.
AbbaTek Group helps advance community science solutions to solve local challenges related to natural resources, climate change and natural hazards. The company’s focus is on the skillful implementation of the “People, Planet, and Profit” paradigm.
The top winner was Notch Embedded, a software tool that allows engineers to quickly support new chips in electronic designs.
The runner-up was SmartBin, which has developed a sensor to detect when waste bins are full to save companies time and money and plan more efficient collection processes.
The other finalists were Bonocle, a platform that makes braille education and entertainment accessible, portable, affordable and fun to reduce braille illiteracy and empower persons who are blind, and Songflow, a software-as-a-service platform for songwriters to collaboratively create and manage songs.
Two other awards were handed out courtesy of the Fry Family Foundation: Med SimuLabs won the award for women or non-binary leadership and CodeDoc Hub won for an early-stage idea.
The Mel Woodward Cup was created through a donation to the Faculty of Business Administration in 2017 from the family of the late Dr. Mel Woodward, founder of the Woodward Group of Companies. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency also provides support for the competition.
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