du launches IoT and AI competition

IoT and AI Pioneers Competition seeks to inspire youth to develop ideas in emerging technologies

UAE wants to create a diversified economy drivenby innovative knowledge-based sectors.
UAE wants to create a diversified economy drivenby innovative knowledge-based sectors.

du is seeking to foster home-grown ideas and entrepreneurship in IoT and AI with the launch of a youth competition.

Driven by U5GIG, which was launched by du in 2016, the IoT and AI Pioneers Competition encourages participants to develop innovative ideas for the evolution of smart city, artificial intelligence (AI), and internet of things (IoT) advancements.

The U5GIG Innovation Lab is an open lab at by du created to inspire development, customisation and commercialisation of IoT and 5G use cases.

Saleem AlBlooshi, chief technology officer, EITC, said, “The growing motivations for knowledge and innovation-based initiatives are at the heart of Vision 2021’s ‘United in Knowledge’ pillar.

“At du, our mission is to nurture a spirt of innovation that makes this vision a reality. With the launch of U5GIG we have devised a platform to address national priorities, and by launching initiatives such as the IoT and AI Pioneers Competition, we are directly transforming the UAE’s social and economic futures and progressing our intelligent networks,” AlBlooshi added.

Throughout the competition, participants are asked to adopt and implement creative ideas that support innovation-relevant strategic objectives. They will also need to establish and maintain close, productive collaborations with academic institutions, industry and the community, while also directing state of the art technology to lead UAE communications technology innovation.

The top winners will receive cash prizes with the winning idea having the potential to be commercialised at a later date.

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