Season 11 Innovators
From the comfort of his parents’ home – much like many other teenage dreamers – Azzam was hooked on the show from Stars of Science’s very first season. Since the impressionable age of 17, he closely monitored upcoming Arab innovators, waiting for his chance to contribute.
Growing up in an underprivileged region of Lebanon, Azzam remains forever grateful to have had nurturing parents who pushed him to focus on his studies. His father taught him the importance of problem solving while his mother instilled in him a drive to continue expanding his knowledge. The family man took these lessons to heart, moving to Europe to pursue his studies and eventually earning a Ph.D. in Machine Learning from the University of Technology of Troyes, France. “Life is a bunch of opportunities, and it is up to you to grab them,” he insists.
Believing education can change the world, Azzam consistently works to share his knowledge with those less privileged in life. This led him to develop a YouTube channel where he imparts his experiences and understandings to Arab youth around the world. Here, the content creator produces educational Arabic content – something that is incredibly rare in the digital world – and makes it immediately accessible to millions.
About the Project
If you are anything like Azzam, you probably trust your phone to handle the countless tasks that life throws your way. Its versatility enables you to check the weather, pay your bills, and contact loved ones – all within reach of your fingertips. However, this deep-rooted reliance makes phone users a treasure trove of information for hackers, who are constantly searching for ways to break through the most modern security measures and access your most personal data.
Do not fear: Azzam’s 3D Biometric for Information Security promises to deliver an unparalleled level of data protection when using your mobile devices. The state-of-the-art software goes one step further than pin codes and passwords, securing the phone through handwriting. Before accessing the device, the user must write a plurality of digits according to a prompt. The biometric then compares them to the user’s usual writing patterns and behaviour, including the amount of pressure on the phone’s surface and timing, which the invention records and analyses through machine learning!
According to the digital wiz, this tackles two needs in one solution. As handwriting is virtually impossible to replicate in perfect details, it provides a guaranteed level of protection for the user’s most valuable data. It also removes the need for multiple passwords, ensuring that users can enjoy maximum security with minimal effort.
With this bespoke layer of security, people’s most private information is safe from the hands of hackers. Vulnerable phone users will be protected just as much as our most important organisations, such as banks, hospitals, and even government institutions. Azzam’s project will provide a contribution to the Arab tech scene, inspiring others to create local biometrics that can serve communities across the region.