GEMS Education, Singularity University Organize Global Innovation Challenge

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Published February 5th, 2018 - 10:54 GMT
The challenge encourages young inventors in the UAE.
The challenge encourages young inventors in the UAE.

One of the country’s largest gathering of inventors, innovators, investors, students and families took place on February 3rd at GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis. The Global Innovation Challenge, run by GEMS Education and Silicon Valley’s Singularity University, invites students around the world to submit solutions to address the world’s most pressing challenges.

Over 220 teams showcased their prototypes that could positively impact millions of people using future-focused technologies such as 3D printing, robotics, nanotechnology – as well as skills such as data science and coding. Categories included disaster resilience, food scarcity, prosperity, environmental sustainability, healthcare and more.

Projects ranged from AI-powered air purifiers to personalized school assessments to apps that credit money to people for reaching exercise goals. Using emerging technologies such as blockchain and BitCoin has no age limit. Zero Poverty, from The Westminster School Dubai, has created a Bit Card which uses bank funds to eradicate poverty in Low Economically Developed Countries with the banks get paid back by investment into Bit Coin.

The full-day event was a celebration of innovation and positive global impact which included free workshops on DIY robots, modular programmable drones and educational VR demos. Microsoft and Sony were also present and displayed their initiatives towards leveraging technology in education.

GEMS Education Innovation Manager, Karan Deep, shared: “The teams showcasing today began their journey a few months ago by learning about exponential technologies and understanding the impact of this rapidly changing future. They have worked with their teachers and peers and used a human centered approach to innovation and this is what makes their solutions truly scalable over millions of people. The quality, knowledge and passion being shown by the teams here today is evident.”

“At GEMS Education we see genius in every child, and this is why we believe it is so important to provide opportunities for these young inventors to unlock their potential. We are actively looking at a variety of platforms that allow our students to nurture talents that haven’t been uncovered yet,” said Mick Gernon, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Innovation, Research and Development, GEMS Education.

Prizes were awarded in each category to solutions in both the junior (age 13 and below) and senior (age 14 and above) category. Up to twelve senior projects will be given seed funding and mentorship and select projects will be presented at the annual Singularity University Global Summit in Silicon Valley, California.

Background Information

GEMS Education

In 1959, two teachers, KS Varkey and his wife Mariamma, arrived in Dubai. 

At the time, Dubai was a burgeoning trade centre on the Arabian Gulf. The Varkey family had left Kerala, India to seek a better life for their family. What they found was a real need to educate children arriving in the city from around the world.

Their son, Sunny, added a visionary’s ambition to a practitioner's experience. From simple roots in a family of teachers, GEMS Education, is today an international company with schools and education services across the Middle East. We still share the same mission - to provide a quality education to everyone.

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