Dubai Future Accelerators launches 2nd cycle

DUBAI, 2nd January, 2017 (WAM) — Dubai Future Accelerators has launched the 2nd cycle with 11 new global challenges in vital sectors for innovative enterprises.

There are 11 challenges covering the vital sectors in the second cycle of the Dubai Future Accelerators programme, participated by 11 entities from government and private sectors, according to Mohammed Al Gergawi, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Managing Director of Dubai Future Foundation.

He emphasised that a positive innovative approach to address future challenges, is the most important learning from Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

He said that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed believes that the future does not wait for people, and the race of foreseeing the future is a challenge, where winning is for the stronger and more prepared ones. Under the directives of His Highness, Dubai Future Accelerators has become a platform to anticipate and create opportunities and solutions ahead of time. It serves as a scientific path to meet the challenges facing human societies, and convert them to opportunities for the better future for the coming generations.

He added: “Coinciding with the success of the first cycle of the programme that attracted some of the world’s leading innovative companies and achieved cooperation with them to develop innovations for the future, Dubai Future Accelerators has now been expanded with its second cycle. It will harness a wider range of modern technology and innovation to find effective solutions to the challenges in key sectors for achieving the prosperity of the society. We seek to build partnerships between government and private sector companies globally that will help create well-developed technological models that lay strong foundations for the future of the UAE as a hub for innovative ideas.”

The 11 entities participating from government and private sectors are Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Mobility in the future Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, said: “Through the second round of Dubai Future Accelerators, RTA aims to launch innovative solutions for payment and ticketing. Moreover, RTA aims to study the readiness of the public to futuristic transport modes such as autonomous vehicles.”

Dubai Police: Air Police Major General Dr. Abdul Quddos Abdul Razzaq Al Obaidly, Assistant Commandant for Quality & Excellence Affairs at Dubai Police, assured that Dubai Police are ready to participate in the second cycle of the Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA).

Maj. Gen. Al Obaidly said the late Commander-in-Chief Lt. General Khamis Mattar Al Muzainah had already taken the first step towards future policing when he signed an MoU with and an international company to enhance the cooperation and coordination.

Dubai Municipality: Environment friendly solutions Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, confirmed the Municipality’s commitment to promoting and strengthening the identity of Dubai in the field of creativity and innovation locally, regionally and globally. The entity will seek ways to strengthen effective cooperation with its partners in the march of continuous successes.

DHA: Self- Management System for Patients Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority confirmed that the Dubai future accelerators programme, which was launched, by Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has reshaped the sustainability and developmental map in the world.

He added that DHA will focus on qualitative outcomes in the second phase of the Dubai Future Accelerators Programme which targets having a comprehensive and exceptional model for patients and different types of customers of DHA.

Knowledge and Human Development Authority: 21st Century Skills Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) said, “Dubai Future Accelerators has provided an important platform to boost innovation and create a futuristic city where new ideas are encouraged. With the launch of the second cycle of the program, we will witness further innovative ideas that can help solve future challenges and potentially have a significant impact on the economy and society. Dubai’s education landscape is one of the most diverse in the world and the start-ups working at DFA will benefit from a unique opportunity where they can explore new ideas in a global setting. Together with our partners, we hope to increase learning effectiveness and bring the future forward.”

Dubai Holding – Smart technology in project management Ahmad Bin Byat. Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Dubai Holding said, “As a founding partner of Dubai Future Accelerators, Dubai Holding is committed to supporting the vision of our country’s leadership in making the UAE one of the world’s most competitive and forward-looking economies. We are very pleased with the positive outcomes we have achieved during the 12 weeks of Cycle 1. Spanning the fields of blockchain technology, digital personalisation, robotics and virtual reality, we have gained direct access to some of the most promising solutions to the challenges faced today. It is encouraging to see business ideas progress from pilot phase to delivering tangible, impactful business plans, a demonstration of the solid platform we have created through the Dubai Future Accelerators.”

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority: Changing traditional method of operations Saeed Al-Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), said that In line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is working to enhance the Dubai Future Agenda strategy, to establish the biggest Government Accelerators in the world.

Etisalat Digital: Communication technologies to serve humans and the preservation of health Saleh Alabdooli, Group CEO of Etisalat, said: “”Etisalat Digital’s partnership with Dubai Future Accelerator is a commitment to the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to transform the UAE into the global capital for creating technology advancements that define the future of humanity. Etisalat Digital aims at partnering with global startups to solve critical business challenges within different segments, such as health, education, smart cities and others.

Department of Economic Development: Futuristic Services Sami Al Qamzi, Director General, Department of Economic Development of Dubai (DED), said that the Future Accelerators programme is one of the vehicles that Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED) is using to contribute to the Emirate’s transition into a knowledge-based economy driven by innovation.

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du): Digital Techniques for Customer Service Osman Sultan, CEO of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), said: “The second phase of the Dubai Future Accelerators enables us to challenge entrepreneurs and startups in contributing to innovation and the customer service legacy, while offering them the backing and support of an established ICT organisation.”

DNRD: Digital transactions and Electronic Gates Major General Mohammed Al Marri, Director of DNRD, said: “Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA), the innovative program by Dubai Future Foundation aiming to establish UAE and Dubai as a global hub for future creation, is a foundation to proactively face development challenges before they arise, invest in opportunities, and create the future.

DNRD has started the preparations to participate in the future accelerators programme.

Saif Al Aleeli, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, said: “By combining innovative enterprises and the government sector in Dubai, the second cycle of Dubai Future Accelerators will be a perfect opportunity to find solutions for the challenges that face vital sectors and provide innovative models to upgrade its services. Over 12 weeks, the program will bring together companies and government agencies in Dubai to explore the technologies of the future, and using them find solutions to the challenges facing cities.”

“The Dubai Future Accelerators explores the opportunities offered by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We will examine the impact of science and technology to make radical changes through artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, 3D printing, genomics and other technologies.

The companies and organisations wishing to participate can get more information on Dubai Future Accelerators website.