A group of students has represented the Yobe state university in an on-campus competition organized by Hult Prize, a non-profit organisation.
The competition, which took place February 17th and 18th, 2023, had 14 teams of students competing for the chance to represent the university in the regional finals.
Hult Prize Foundation, a non-profit organisation, is dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing challenges through entrepreneurship.
One of its initiatives is the on-campus program, which engages university students from all over the world to participate in a competition that seeks to find innovative solutions to a specific global challenge.
Saeed Muhammad Lawan, the campus director of the foundation, who spoke at the event, explained the objectives of the competition, saying, “The Hult Prize Foundation has provided an excellent platform for students to showcase their innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, and Yobe State University has demonstrated its commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and sustainable development.
“Mavericks in Motion will represent Yobe State University in the regional finals, and we wish them the best of luck as they continue their journey to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.”
The winning team, “Mavericks in Motion” who are to represent the university at the regional finals proposed an idea on using digital printing technology to reduce water and dye usage in the fashion production process.
According to them, digital printing is a more efficient and sustainable than traditional screen printing, as it uses less water and fewer chemicals.
They also added that it allows for “more precise and detailed designs, which can create unique and sustainable fashion items.”
Speaking during a panel session at the event, one of the guest speakers, Salamatu Iliyasu, a Brand Designer, also shared her experiences in the fashion industry and how her work has evolved to prioritize sustainability.
In his closing remarks, the campus director added that the event has added impact and valuable insights about the fashion industry to the participants. His words: “The on-campus program at Yobe State University was a success, with the panel discussion, guest speaker, and pitching sessions providing valuable insights into the fashion industry and its impact on the environment.”