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SU REAL LIFE/COMP
SU REAL LIFE/COMP
SU REAL LIFE/COMP

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WE DARE YOU TO REDEFINE SUSTAINABILTY

The American University in Cairo

February-March,2024

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About Us

 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. 

Past Competitons


Throughout the Years
Throughout the Years
Throughout the Years

Sixth Edition

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Last year's competition discussed Green Economies through three sub tracks; financial inclusion, sustainable agriculture, and efficient consumption and production. This competition had over 100 registered teams, with participants from 12 nationalities. The competition hosted different talks and workshops held by notable speakers from UNDP, CIB, Mintra and Sekem.

Fifth Edition

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In 2022, the competition tackled the Digital Management of Natural Resources. It was divided into three sub tracks, which were land, water, and energy. This competition had over 60 registered teams, with 5 international teams. Notable speakers gave talks and workshops over the course of the competition, such as Omar Samra.

Fourth Edition

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In 2021, the competition was focused on smart and sustainable cities. We had 3 tracks for the teams to pick from, healthcare, urban development, and education. The competition was under the auspices of the UNDP, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Communication and Technology, and Ministry of Higher Education. Throughout the competition, we had many speakers giving talks and workshops that included representatives from the ministries, UNDP, multinational companies, such as Microsoft and Dell, and even some ministers, such as Dr. Yasmin Fouad, and former ministers such as Dr. Ashraf Hatem. 

Third Edition

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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.

Second Edition

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.

First Edition

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.

2020 Competition
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THIS YEAR

 THIS YEAR'S THEME 


Eco-Entrepereneurship

Green economies are defined as economies that are low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive. It is an economy that aims for sustainable development balanced with preserving its environment and ecology. These sustainable communities are measured by the harmonious balance between their economy, ecology and equity. 


Thus, the competition will be divided into three tracks that tackle these dynamics. The tracks are:

1- Efficient Consumption and Production

Efficient consumption and production relates to sustainable consumption and production patterns which maximize the output produced from the available resources while minimizing wastes, which ensures sustainability for current and future generations. 

2- Financial Inclusion

Financial inclusion means providing widespread access to usable, affordable financial products and services that is delivered in a beneficial, accessible and sustainable manner. 

3- Sustainable Agriculture. 
Sustainable agriculture is the cultivation of diverse crops while ensuring green and efficient methods are followed  that contribute to the country’s  agricultural production and exports.

WHY PARTICIPATE?

Why participate

Challenge  YOURSELF

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!

Compete for a Cause, and win a grand monetary prize to kickstart your journey towards redefining sustainability!

EXPERT TRAININGS

Develop your skills and knowledge from professionals and experts, building a foundational base upon which your professional skills and knowledge can further be improved

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THE GREAT PYRAMIDS OF GIZA

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"Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance.​"
– Ban Ki-moon

Timeline

TIMELINE

SIGN UP DEADLINE

Sunday January 28, 2024

WORKSHOPS & FIELD VISITS

Friday March 1 - Saturday March 2, 2024

OPENING CEREMONY

Thursday February 29, 2024

FIRST FILTRATION STAGE

Tuesday March 5, 2024

PITCHES OF TEAMS

Thursday March 7, 2024

ANNOUNCEMENT OF 5 FINALISTS

Friday March 8, 2024

COMPETITION WORKSHOPS & MENTORSHIP

FINAL PITCHES AND CLOSING CEREMONY

Saturday March 9, 2024

Friday March 8, 2024

Meet The Team

 MEET THE TEAM 

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Abdelrahman Abuzaid

Academic Affairs Chairperson
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Malak Awad 

Academic Affairs 
Chairperson
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Mariam Taha

Real Life Competition
Co-General Manager 
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Alia Aglan

Real Life Competition
Co-General Manager 
Contact Us

 COME JOIN US!

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March 2023

American University in Cairo, AUC Avenue, Cairo, Egypt

 CONTACT US

Tel. +20 100 979 7106

Tel. +20 127 972 9518

Tel. +20 112 047 7771

Tel. +20 101 153 4474

Email: sureallife@aucegypt.edu

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Sunday - Thursday 8:30 - 20:00

Friday 13:00 - 18:00

Saturday 10:00 - 18:00 

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