Dubai Internet City announces strategic partnership with the Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation for the UAE Drones for Good Award 2016

21 October 2015

Partnership Announced During GITEX 2015

Dubai, 2015: Dubai Internet City (DIC) has announced its strategic partnership with the Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation for the UAE Drones for Good Award 2016 for the second consecutive year. An agreement was signed by Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource City, and Saif Al-Aleeli, CEO of the Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation at DIC’s pavilion at GITEX Technology Week.

DIC will once again host the competition, which was launched at the 2014 Government Summit by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage the development of positive humanitarian and economic uses of drones.

Commenting, Majed Al Suwaidi said; “Drones for Good is an excellent initiative, and a global platform for innovative ideas and the creation of new technology to serve humanity. We are delighted to be partnering with the competition for the second time, and supporting the UAE’s development into a global hub for the civilian application of drones technology.”

“The inaugural competition saw the creation of truly innovative and inspiring new ideas, and bought together the global tech community from over 57 countries to innovate in partnership with high-level institutions and universities, and I am looking forward to seeing the technology created during the next edition.”

Saif Al-Aleeli said; “This strategic partnership is part of the Foundation’s vision to establish economic sectors that revolve around advanced technologies, and look at ways that these technologies can be adopted in an innovative way, particularly through national business incubators such as in5, that will help to contribute in turning these projects into beneficial activities. The competition’s prize is not just about honouring the winners, but also following up with them on the progress of their projects, to ensure they turn into valuable ones.”

“We are delighted to partner with Dubai Internet City for the second year in a row; and DIC has been a platform for innovators since its launch over 15 years ago.”

Dubai Internet City is a key enabler of the National Innovation Strategy, and Drones for Good follows a number of initiatives supported by DIC to stimulate innovation and empower entrepreneurs, including the Decode Dubai hackathon, HackaMENA, the Smart City App Hack and droidcon. In its role as a Strategic Partner for Smart Dubai, DIC is also playing an important role in inspiring the tech start-up tech community to create apps and technology to drive forward smart initiatives and drive Dubai’s development into a Smart City.

Drones for Good 2016 will follow a similar format to the inaugural competition held earlier this year, with one national and one international competition, and will encourage local and international talent to innovate and create ideas. The winner of the national competition will win AED 1 million and the international winner will receive USD 1 million, and the three winning teams from both categories will also be mentored within in5 for six months. At in5 they will have the opportunity to network and share knowledge with start-ups from across the tech value chain, engage with industry leaders and enjoy a year-round programme of workshops and events on topics related to business, technology and entrepreneurship.

Dubai Internet City is the Lead Industry Partner for GITEX Technology Week and playing a key role in the conference for the 16th consecutive year.

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