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SRTI hosts smart cities innovation seminar

Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park holds event with UK smart cities program to show innovative companies

The event included a VIP seminar on Innovative Sharjah.
The event included a VIP seminar on Innovative Sharjah.

The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) has hosted an event in collaboration with the UK government to showcase smart cities innovation.

The seminar showcased technology companies from the UK as part of British ‘Future Cities Catapult' program for developing smart city solutions.

The event at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) campus was held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member, Ruler of Sharjah. The event was intended to strengthen Sharjah's linkages with key technology players and leading innovators from the UK, in line with SRTI's Innovation & Cities of the Future' program.

In August, Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation (SRTI) Park signed an agreement with Future Cities Catapult Services to collaborate on solutions for smart communities.

A VIP panel discussion was also held with the theme ‘Innovative Sharjah: Towards a World-Class Innovation Destination' and moderated by Nicola Yates OBE, CEO of Future Cities Catapult in the presence of dignitaries and official representatives from the British Consulate in Dubai, Government of Sharjah, and SRTI Park.

Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations and Head of Higher Committee of Digital Transformation in Sharjah said: "The seminar is an ideal platform to showcase the components offered by the Emirate of Sharjah, which enables it to become a leading global centre for innovation, research and entrepreneurship. We are keen to organise more seminars in the future considering its positive impact on our growth in the field of innovation and digital technology and strengthen Sharjah's position to become a leading smart city in the world."

The panel discussants which include Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi; Andrew Jackson, Consul General, British Embassy Dubai; and Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO, SRTI Park, discussed the importance of partnerships and explored key areas where the UK and Sharjah can enhance cooperation in creating innovation and building of smart cities, in line with Sharjah's goals to promote the emirate as a regional capital for innovation, research and development in the Middle East and to strengthen its position in this field.

A group of innovative companies from the UK which showcased their products and innovations included Pavegen and Strawberry Energy, which presented ‘smart seats' technology; Igloo Vision for their virtual reality experiences, and Emu Analytics for their leading data analytics solution. AWTG showcased their engineering and technology solutions, while Hypercube presented a range of data science platforms. Spaceti displayed its intelligent building management solutions while Winnow Solutions has showcased its food waste management through data technology.

Al Mahmoudi said: "This important event is part of our ongoing efforts to enhance cooperation with our international partners and to expand the exchange of experiences and knowledge transfer with them in line with our efforts to further strengthen Sharjah's position as a global capital for scientific research, innovation, knowledge and entrepreneurship. The event is another major step aimed at establishing our networks with key players in the UK and build partnerships with several leading companies in the field of innovation and present to them the key opportunities to showcase their technologies and innovations and leverage the advanced facilities and unique framework of SRTI Park."