SU REAL LIFE COMPETITION
The Student Union's Real Life Competition (SURL) is a well-established academic initiative under the American University in Cairo (AUC). It is no ordinary competition. This competition gives you the chance to contribute in solving real life challenges that intertwine between different societies all around the globe. Being a student led multidisciplinary competition, SURL has the mission of combining skills and encouraging collaboration between students with several academic disciplines. Apart from having a global impact, the competition has a prominent role in making its participants more aware of the strategies to have or solutions to generate throughout their professional life.
In 2018, the Student Union Real Life Team launched the Tourism Competition which was the first interdisciplinary team competition to target a specific issue facing Egypt today. The Competition was in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism. Further, the competition was open to students in the American University in Cairo (AUC) only. Nonetheless, the competition’s success grabbed the attention of various media outlets, having been covered my leading channels in Egyptian Media such as OSN and OnTV. The winning team received a monetary prize and were presented with award shields.
In 2019, the Student Union Real Life Team launched Egypt’s First Nationwide Competition, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. The competition involved 8 participating universities from all over Egypt; and had over 70 participating students. The competition’s magnitude was unprecedented, whereby it received exposure and recognition from various government officials, corporates and media channels. Significantly, Egyptian Minister of Education, H.E. Dr. Tarek Shawky, had witnessed some of the proposed solutions presented by the participating teams, and awards were provided to the winning teams.
In 2020, the Student Union Real Life Team launched the First Global Competition, in collaboration with UNDP and Ministry of Environment. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic the competition was not completed. However, this didn’t stop us it motivated us to do it this year either virtually or on ground depending on the global situation.
THIS YEAR'S THEME
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we believe it is of utmost importance to focus on the development of our cities and communities in a smart and sustainable manner.
This year, SU Real LIfe's proposed theme is building Smart/Sustainable Cities and Communities with an emphasis on digital transformation. What this year’s theme will do is sum up the core dimensions of sustainability, being economic, social, and environmental dimensions within the proposed solutions.
What the competition will specifically focus on is making cities sustainable through smart applications. Meaning through creating career and business opportunities, safe and affordable housing, and building resilient societies and economies. It involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in participatory and inclusive ways.
This is an opportunity to practice your case cracking skills, whilst applying your knowledge to solve a real-life challenge
BECOME A GLOBAL CITIZEN
Get the chance to engage with individuals from different cultures in this unique global educational experience , whilst proactively developing a foundational element in our society
TOP TRAVEL DESTINATION
Tour one of the World' Top Tourist Destinations; from learning more about Egypt's rich history to its beaches and incomparable culture, this experiential education competition has it all
WIN BIG IN FUNDING; up to $3000!
Compete for a Cause, and win a grand monetary prize to kickstart your journey towards redefining sustainability!
1st Place: $3000
2nd Place: $1000
Develop your skills and knowledge from professionals and experts, building a foundational base upon which your professional skills and knowledge can further be improved
CASE LAUNCH AND OPENING CEREMONY IN AUC
Sunday December 22, 2020
Monday December 28, 2020
FINAL PITCHES AND CLOSING CEREMONY
Sunday January 17, 2021
SIGN UP DEADLINE
Thursday December 6, 2020
Monday January 11, 2021-Thursday 14, 2021
MEET THE TEAM
Sunday - Thursday 8:30 - 20:00
Friday 13:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00