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Real World Innovative Solutions to Real World Problems (WISP)

WISP is proposed to be an innovative program that will be initiated to engage students with industry to identify real-world problems and propose real-world solutions.

WISP aspires to roll out a theme every semester (January – May, September – December). Based on the theme and industry chosen, students will form groups and attend two mentoring sessions by industry partners during the semester. Student groups will identify a problem area, analyse the problem in the chosen theme and industry to produce real world computer-based information solution using domain modelling system design techniques and CASE which will be judged by industry experts, providing valuable feedback to enrich student learning experience. 

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16 Nov & 23 Nov

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The program aims to initiate, enhance and engage students with industry partners to provide them with the opportunity to identify real world problems, and learn to provide viable solutions through system analysis and design process.


Each semester WISP will be rolled out for subjects that includes to achieve system analysis and design skills as learning objectives for students taking those courses. Deliverables will include:

  • Student-initiated and proposed solutions that are approved and appreciated by industry experts
  • Possible on-the-job training opportunities for excelling students
  • Possible short-term internships with partnering industry experts and/or their network for excelling students 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility opportunities for industry partners

Organizing Team

Dr Zeenath Reza Khan

Dr Zeenath Reza Khan (Founder)

Dr Zeenath Khan is Assistant Professor at UOWD’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences and currently reaches Cyber Ethics and Management Information Systems.

She has a proven track record of community engagement and believes in extending services for the benefit of the greater society. Based on her research interests, she has conceptualised, initiated and hosted nearly 15 conferences, workshops and other events such as the renowned national-level Mathalon competition for schools, Tech-G STEM camp for girls, Academic Integrity Majlis and Roadshow, ReBitVlogs and WISP Programs and many more.

She is also the first recipient of the Wollongong Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL) for her learning and teaching initiatives.


WISP Human Library

WISP Human Library

The WISP Human Library is a “library” of human experts and mentors who will be accessible to the team for the duration of the program. Teams will be able to “book” experts from the library on “loan” much like a book from a physical library for a small period of time based on level of expertise and time the human experts are able to dedicate. This will also dictate:

  • “Short term Loan” = 15 minutes
  • “Long term Loan” = 30 minutes
  • “Closed Reserve System” = Will give a guest talk or Judge

The human library will be built upon partnership with industry experts and companies who will join the WISP Program.


Omar Daoudi

Omar Daoudi

UOWD Alumni, 
Adjunct Faculty, FEIS


Hadia Riaz

Hadia Riaz

Adjunct Faculty, FEIS


Industry Partners

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Advisory Group

This group will consist of internal and external academics as well as industry experts who will review the WISP program, its deliverables and success annually and provide support and feedback on improvement.

Dr Guoxin Su

Dr Guoxin Su

Lecturer, Subject Coordinator UOW (CSIT114)
University of Wollongong (EIS)

The First WISP, Autumn 2020

WISP Theme “Tech Innovations and Solutions for the Construction Industry”
Tentative date of presentations Week starting 15 November 2020
WISP Theme Overview

Technology has disrupted many industries over the decades, construction no exception. Building information management (IBM), smartphones, drones, colour changing gloves and programmable clothing are some examples of the innovations in the construction industry that have provided safety and efficiency.

Today, new technologies in construction are being developed at a breakneck pace. What seemed like future tech 10, 20 years ago like connected equipment and tools, telematics, mobile apps, autonomous heavy equipment, drones, robots, augmented and virtual reality, and 3D printed buildings are here and being deployed and used on jobsites across the world.

(Jones, 2018)

Project Background

Project Questions and Details - Analyse This (AT) – a Group Project

Imagine your group and you are part of a consultancy firm. You have just landed a big client in the [Construction Industry] who has approached your team specifically to help them where you need to initiate, propose, plan, analyse and design an information system or a mobile application for the organization.


First, decide who will be the team leader from among your members. Jot down the person’s name. Then, assign one person to be a scribe. This is the person who will oversee communication, meeting minutes, and so on

Project Deliverables

To complete this project, you will be expected to work on four main areas:

  • Module 1 – Contract (sign an agreement to work together and with industry partners to produce a successful project under utmost professional manner)
  • Module 2 – Proposal and Planning Report (20 marks)
  • Module 3 – System Analysis Report (30 marks)
  • Module 4 – System Design Report (30 marks)
  • Module 5 – Pitch Presentation (20 marks)
Schedule of time for each module

You are expected to spend the following amount of time on each module:

  • Mod 1 – 30 minutes – to be handed in during Week 2 of project schedule
  • Mod 2 – 15 days – to be ready for review by mentors in Week 3
  • Mod 3 – 21 days – to be ready for review by mentors in Week 6
  • Mod 4 – 15 days – to be ready for review by mentors in Week 8
  • Mod 5 – 5-10 days – to be ready for presentation to panel of judges in Week 9-10

WISP Partners

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WISP Human Library

Nikhil Soneja

Nikhil Soneja
Director, Halycon Technologies

Stephen D Samuel

Stephen D Samuel
Head Development, 28 LightBulbs

Abeer Haroon

Abeer Haroon

Salem Aldahmani

Salem Aldahmani
General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai


Mehvish Fatima Sharieff

Mehvish Fatima Sharieff
28 LightBulbs

Marlen Bissaliyev

Marlen Bissaliyev
JSC INTERTEACH (INSURANCE), CIO. Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Sr. Lecturer

Hareeem Fatima

Hareeem Fatima
28 LightBulbs

Hamad Mohammad

Hamad Mohammad
Cybersecurity Support Team Lead, Help AG


Fares Ghazy

Fares Al Ghazy

Bisher Zamout

Bisher Zumot

Aksha Sajeev

Aksha Sajeev 

Nasser Wasfi Nasser Ba Break

Nasser Wasfi Nasser Ba Break
Taryam American Private School, Sharjah


Mustafa Ahmed

Mustafa Ahmed
Chief Technology Officer & Co-Owner


Organizers aim to include more experts in order to enhance and enrich the experience for all involved during the panel discussion.


Dr Zeenath Reza Khan

Email:  [email protected]

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