Dubai Future Accelerators begins its second cycle

Dubai Future Accelerators' next cycle features 11 global challenges in vital sectors for government and public entities

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Dubai Future Accelerators begins its second cycle
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  January 2, 2017

The Dubai Future Accelerators program has launched its second cycle, entering with 11 new global challenges in vital sectors for enterprises.

His Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Managing Director of Dubai Future Foundation added: "Coinciding with the success of the first cycle of the program 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."

His Excellency announced that submissions for the second cycle are open from today.

There are 11 challenges to now cover in the second cycle, with participants from government and private entities. These include:

Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA): Mobility in the future:
His Excellency 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:

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 a MoU with and an international company to enhance the cooperation and coordination. Adding that the force is ready to launch the next phase of its future policing projects that aim to employ artificial intelligence technology to prevent and solve cybercrimes faster than conventional systems.

Dubai Municipality: Environment friendly solutions:
The entity will seek ways to strengthen effective cooperation with its partners in the march of continuous successes. Dubai Municipality seeks to support the development of green building solutions and increase its efficiency by 50%, and in achieving 25% of construction in Dubai using 3D printing.  In addition to promoting the use of environment-friendly materials. It will also work to achieving 100% goals in the field of food quality covering all imported products before entering the nation, and also reducing general waste by 75%.

DHA: Self- Management System for Patients:

His Excellency Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority added that the aim is to ensure that each patient has the ability to take a decision on his health and benefit from healthy services using latest digital technologies that are monitored by qualified doctors and available anytime and anywhere. This allows us to reach out easily to patients according to their convenience, which makes it much better for patients and leads to improved patient outcomes.

Knowledge and Human Development Authority: 21st Century Skills:
KHDA plans to develop an innovative evaluation system based on 21st century skills whereby outstanding students will be presented electronic certificates of appreciation to honor their achievements in Arabic language and in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It will also focus on the development of a social education model to ensure the welfare and happiness of the students. The new initiative will focus on the use of innovative engineering data to support the institutions involved in the provision of educational services.

Dubai Holding: Smart technology in project management:
As part of the second cycle, Dubai Holding will focus on the development of new methods, intelligent technologies and innovative business models across all its business segments, and operations, so that it can anticipate the current and future needs of its customers, employees, and its partners, proactively and independently, to improve the performance of the sectors.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority: Changing traditional method of operations:
His Excellency Saeed Al-Tayer, Managing Director & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), said: "DEWA is working to achieve the goals of Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to diversify the energy mix, so that clean energy will generate 7% of Dubai's total power output by 2020, 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050. This will make Dubai a global centre for clean energy and green economy, which will also contribute to making Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050."

To achieve these goals we adopt the best international practices in innovation, Research and Development (R&D), and our research areas include operating systems, mobile computing , cloud computing virtualisation, distribution systems, software engineering, Internet of Things (IoT), robotic technologies, Big and Open Data, studying customer behaviour, renewable energy sources, storage techniques, electric vehicle infrastructure, and 3D printing research. DEWA also makes use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to assist in energy and water services."

Etisalat Digital: Communication technologies to serve humans and the preservation of health:
Etisalat Digital aims at partnering with global startups to solve critical business challenges within different segments, such as health, education, smart cities and others. H.E Engineer Saleh Alabdooli, Group CEO of Etisalat, said: "Our first challenge will address the significant health segment, through which we aim to reduce Emergency Room visits by patients in the UAE by 30%, over the next ten years.  Startups should tackle this challenge by leveraging predictive healthcare management solutions to address life-threatening situations linked to chronic diseases and by utilising technologies such as IoT, wearables, telemedicine, cloud, artificial intelligence, big data & analytics."                  

Department of Economic Development: Futuristic Services:

HE Sami Al Qamzi, Director General, Department of Economic Development of Dubai (DED), said: "DED's accelerators aim to achieve quantitative and qualitative improvements in the ease of doing business, and harness smart technologies to consolidate government services for the benefit of a happier investor. A number of measures are being introduced to reduce commercial registration and licensing procedures in Dubai by 60% through saving time spent on searching for requirements by 80%, and also by cutting transaction time in half and human interaction by 90%."

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du): Digital Techniques for Customer Service:
Osman Sultan, CEO of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), said: "As strategic partners of Dubai Smart Platform, one of the main goals of the services and applications that we applied so far and those that we will apply in the future in the smart city, is to enhance the user experience and efficiency of all data and digital transactions across all business sectors, and ensure the community is connected and pampered in all its dimensions."

DNRD: Digital transactions and Electronic Gates:
Major General Mohammed Al Marri, Director of DNRD, said: "We strive, by participating in this program and through our work efforts, to develop a system able to decrease the processing time of passengers' passports at passport control gates at Dubai international airports, in a way that is quick, safe, efficient and exemplary, as well as to achieve passenger satisfaction and provide distinguished experience at Dubai Airports."

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