UAE government launches $100,000 global tech competition

GovHack Series will hold challenges for tech startups in eight major cities worldwide

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UAE government launches $100,000 global tech competition the GovHack Series is a major milestone which will support innovation in emerging technologies, says Mohamed Bin Taliah.
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 29, 2018

The UAE Government has launched a global emerging technologies startup competition, ‘GovHack Series' which will take in eight major cities worldwide.

The GovHack Series will include events in New Delhi, Tokyo, Santiago, Jakarta, Washington DC, London, Berlin, and Cairo, which will focus on new ideas for government technology and promoting the UAE as a hub for innovation. The series will run from May until December this year.

The events build on the success of the GovTech Prize, a UAE government initiative that has been running for six years as part of the World Government Summit, which aims to find creative tech startups to address global development challenges.

His Excellency Mohamed Bin Taliah, Assistant Director-General for Government Services Sector, and Assistant Director-General for Corporate Services Sector at the Prime Minister's Office in the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, said that the GovHack Series will support innovation in emerging technologies, and strengthens the UAE's status as a centre for technology incubation and deployment.

"Launching the GovHack Series in eight major international cities is a new milestone, and a new achievement registered by the GovTech Prize in its mission to inspire individuals, governments and private entities around the world to innovate and deliver future-ready ideas," Bin Taliah said. "The objective is to motivate young minds, students and government employees from around the world to develop smart government initiatives, and propose technological solutions to address the most pressing global challenges. The Prize also propels the most innovative of these ideas to an international stage, presenting them at the World Government Summit."

GovHack Tech Prize, its partner the World Government Summit and its knowledge partner Mckinsey will host a series of roundtable discussions during the competition dates to address the series four main themes of Governance and Resilience, Environment and Well Being, Economy and Society, and Future and Progress.

Start-ups taking part in the competition will be evaluated by a panel of experts, based on criteria such as creativity, impact on society, sustainability, scalability, feasibility, and prospects for commercialisation. Winners from each of the eight cities will be awarded a $10,000 prize, as well as a chance to compete for the $100,000 grand prize at the final event, taking place in Dubai, on the sidelines of the World Government Summit in February 2019.

Winners will also have the opportunity to collaborate with their governments to implement their technological solutions, and will be invited to participate in a ninety day business incubator programme in Dubai's Area 2071.

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