Dubai Future Foundation and EmTech MENA has received hundreds of applications for “Innovators Under 35 List” from around the world. The initiative, first launched in July 2018 by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council, Chairman of the Board of Trustees AT Dubai Future Foundation, aims to highlight the success stories of young Arab innovators under the age of 35 from around the world, showcasing their achievements in various vital fields.
The list of applicants includes the elite of Arab youth working in Arab and international organizations and universities, as well as from start-ups, and government institutions and authorities. The applicants hail from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Kuwait, Oman, and Palestine. Additionally, some nominees are Arab students, researchers, and entrepreneurs living in the US, UK, Switzerland, and Germany.
The universities represented by the nominees are Khalifa and Zayed Universities, and various technical colleges in the UAE; King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia; the American University of Cairo; and Harvard and MIT Universities in the US. The fields covered in the applications were mostly for “Internet and Web” and “Medical Technologies” followed by “Programming”, then “Energy”. Applications are still open for the “Innovators Under 35” Award until August 10, 2019.
The judging committee will then evaluate the nominees, selecting the most innovative among them to announce the winners during the second edition of EmTech MENA conference for emerging technologies, hosted in Dubai on November 4 – 5, 2019. The judging committee for the second edition of the “Innovators Under 35” Award include a group of experts, university professors, investors, entrepreneurs, and researchers from various Arab nations. The judges are experts and leaders in the fields of artificial intelligence, investment, medicine, genetics, media, agriculture, languages, programming, biological and mechanical engineering, among other fields.
In 2018, 10 youth were selected for “Innovators Under 35” who are advancing the fields of artificial intelligence, medicine, real estate, and satellite engineering. They were drawn from over 400 applications based on the judging committee’s evaluation, a committee composed of elite experts from various fields.