Transformers Roadshow Bosnia and Herzegovina rewards scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs for accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has awarded four innovators as part of its sixth edition of the Transformers Roadshow competition in which applicants are invited to pitch ideas accelerating one or more of the UN’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Applicants, participants and the honourable guests were welcomed at the Center Skenderija as part of the Sarajevo Halal Fair on the 28th September 2019, by H.E. Abdulah Skaka, Mayor of the City of Sarajevo, Senior Advisor of the IsDB Group, Dr. Hayat Sindi, and the President of the Management Board of BBI, Mr. Amer Bukvić. 

Launched in July 2018, Transformers Roadshow is one of the initiatives led by the Transform Fund set up to support the IsDB’s strategic focus on capacity building and human capital development. Previous editions took place in Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Niger, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.  

The competition, which was organised in partnership with the Bosna Bank International, attracted more than one hundred entrepreneurs, scientists and innovators across Bosnia and Herzegovina. All projects presented were assessed on their alignment with the SDGs agenda including factors such as innovativeness, impact & outreach, practicality, scalability, sustainability, potential for patenting and commercialisation. 

Shortlisted teams presented their ideas to an esteemed judging panel from public and private sectors led by Dr. Hayat Sindi, the IsDB’s Senior Advisor to the President, Science Technology and Innovation.

The winners of the 2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina Transformers Roadshow are:

  • Aida Hajdarpasic Saracevic and Edin Hamzic – for their project on genomics for diagnosing autism spectrum disorder
  • Ajla AlišahProf. Dr. Abdulah Gagić and Dr. Maja Varatanović for their project on micro biologically pure water for humans, animals, the environment and food production
  • Tamara Jovovic SadikovicZana Tafi and Anes Joguncic for their project From Lab Tests to Diagnosis
  • Zlatko Memisevic for his Facebook for education platform LEARNY

Dr Hayat Sindi, Chief Scientific Advisor to the President, said: “We are overwhelmed by the depth and insight presented today by all of the participants. We are proud to support and empower those who will change the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina and beyond through science, technology and innovation. I would like to congratulate all winners and encourage everyone else who has great ideas supporting sustainable future for all, to apply to our Transform Fund which will be open for applications in April 2020.”

Mr. Amer Bukvić, President of the Management Board of BBI, said: “This region is very talented so we are honoured that Dr Hayat Sindi has come here. She represents a new wave of changes in science, technology and innovation - we are proud to have her visit our region.” 

As part of their recognition winners of the sixth edition of the Transformers Roadshow have been awarded US$3,000 and an invitation to attend the 2019 Transformers Summit in Senegal.