Pakistani youth wins first prize at the fifth One Young World summit


A young Pakistani innovator has won the first prize at the Rwanga Social Startup Competition held at the fifth One Young World summit in Dublin, reported on Saturday.

The conference was attended by a series of established global leaders such as Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson, Sir Bob Geldof, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Paul Polman, Doug Richard, Jimmy Wales, Former Latin American Presidents, Sol Campbell, Dame Ellen MacArthur, Martin Pollock, Hans Reitz, Professor Meghan ‘O Sullivan and Meghan Markle.

At the competition, Pakistani participant Khizr Imran Tajammul, presented the idea of manufacturing energy solutions which are affordable by the low income communities, through extensive research, such as the potential use of solar water heaters in Pakistan.

Khizr who has also launched an initiative in the form of on organization known as ‘Jaan Pakistan’ for the same purpose, suggested that his aim is not only to use solar energy solutions in Pakistan but also to make them accessible for the lowest earning citizens of Pakistan. He further proposed the use of ‘greenhouse technology’ instead of the commonly used evacuation tubes in most of the solar water heaters hence making them affordable and available for widespread usage across the country.

As prize money at the competition, Khizr’s ‘Jaan Pakistan’ received USD 20, 000 which the organization is planning to venture in the development of the prototype by the end of this year. Jaan Pakistan is also collaborating with international manufacturers and technology giants to fine tune the design for their first product, the solar water heater.

One Young World, a UK based non-profit summit, was originated by David Jones, Kate Robertson and Founding Corporate Partner, Havas, in 2009. It aims at bringing together the brightest young people from around the world, to provide them with a platform where they can make connections and gather support to make a positive change in the world through their ideas.

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