The time commitment of starting a family while pursuing his academic goals led Khalid to think of innovative ways to make quality meals quickly. Using his engineering background, Khalid developed a solution that he called Tahi – an automated cooking pot which makes delicious, healthy meals. Users place ingredients into the device, then program it to begin cooking at a time that is convenient. Tahi also helps its users track their dietary and nutritional history – the calorie count of each meal is recorded, and the device can even recommend healthy meals. With Tahi, Khalid became the first Qatari to win Stars of Science on Season 4.
Khalid and his team at Tahi Technologies have been boosting their efforts after receiving a seed fund from Qatar Development Bank. They are refining the Tahi prototype he made on Stars of Science – and making great progress. He hopes to showcase a new and improved prototype soon.
Khalid has used the lessons he learned on Stars of Science to further develop the way he leads ibTECHar, an educational technologies startup he founded prior to becoming an SOS candidate. ibTECHar offers products and consultancy services that utilize technology to make learning fun and effective. The company’s educational app, Kalimaty, uses puzzles and games to teach young students the basics of the Arabic language. Recently, ibTECHar launched ‘Sanea,’ an initiative that aims to ignite the ‘makers’ culture in Qatar and grow it to the region. The ‘makers’ culture is a trend in which individuals work with technology to create their own ‘do-it-yourself’ inventions. One of Sanea’s first projects is a store that sells ‘making’ and discovery technologies to make them accessible to aspiring ‘makers’ and innovators.
Khalid has taken every opportunity to try to instill a passion for science and entrepreneurship in Qatari students. As a regular guest lecturer for the ‘Master in Business Administration’ class at Qatar University, he speaks about his experience in the business world. He also traveled to the United Kingdom to engage with Qatari students studying abroad, and encouraged them to learn about the role of entrepreneurship in building a knowledge-based economy.
To participate in the building of a knowledge-based society, Khaled has addressed audiences at Qatar’s Global Entrepreneurship week, the World Innovation Summit for Education, and TEDxQU.
On his participation in Stars of Science, Khalid commented: “Actions speak louder than words, and this is what Stars of Science is all about. As a finalist, I was challenged to deliver an outstanding project. I won Season 4 by turning Tahi into a tangible prototype and I am up to the next challenge of making it available commercially."
Check out Wamda’s report on Tahi: http://www.wamda.com/memakersge/2015/16/connected-automatic-cooking-machine-tahi
Read about ibTECHar’s Sanea initiative: http://www.ibtechar.com/en/news/ibtechar-launches-sanea-activate-making-discovery-culture-among-next-generation
Watch a video about ibTECHar’s Arabic teaching app for pre-schoolers: https://vimeo.com/127452522
Watch Khalid presenting at TEDxQatarUniversity in January 2013: http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Turn-Your-Dream-to-Reality-Khal
Watch Khalid contribute to a Global Entrepreneurship Week panel entitled “Fostering Entrepreneurship in Qatar: What’s Next?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V1Qu_oi2mU