Technology leaders celebrated at the GovTech Innovation Awards 2024

CPI Media Group and hosted the 5th edition of the GovTech Innovation Awards 2024, at the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm – Dubai, where they honoured the technology trailblazers from the public sector that are leveraging technology to transform citizen experiences.

The awards were expertly moderated by MC Katie Overy, and before the awards ceremony took place the audience heard a brilliant presentation from  Shijeesh Sahadevan, Senior Systems Architect at HPE Aruba Networking.

Shijeesh Sahadevan is one of the most prominent WAN and Security Transformation Experts across the region, and his presentation was entitled – Redefining Security and WAN Connectivity for the New Digital Era. 

Following his presentation, CNME Editor Mark Forker moderated a panel discussion that examined and explored what impact the Dubai Universal Blueprint for AI was going to have on the technology ecosystem across Dubai.

He was joined on the panel by;

All of the panellists provided brilliant insights into the measures that need to be taken in order to make the Dubai Universal Blueprint for AI a reality.

Harriet de Morton highlighted the need for businesses to really adopt a cloud-first approach in order to accelerate the adoption of AI across.

“Businesses need to adopt a cloud-first approach when it comes to AI, but there remains a lot of valid concerns around technologies like Open AI, in terms of accuracy, but more importantly data privacy. I do think that a zero-trust approach needs to be taken in order to accelerate the integration and implementation of AI,” said Horton.

Her sentiments were echoed by Dr. Mohammad Al Hassan, who he stressed the need for cybersecurity to be baked into every AI application.

“You can’t develop an AI application or use-case, and they think about security afterwards, they have to be aligned. You need to use AI responsibly, and we need safe AI. Once we determine the use-cases in each industry vertical, and follows the best practices then you’ll start to see an increase in the adoption of AI,” said Al Hassan.

Maitha Alnuaimi talked about how Dubai Municipality was on a journey when it came to AI, citing the data-heavy legacy the organisation has.

“We are definitely on a journey when it comes to developing our AI models and applications to improve the services we provide. We are the oldest government entity in Dubai having been established 1954, so you can just imagine the vast amounts of data that we have, but we need to make sure we train our AI models not to have bias, but it is a challenge. However, the Dubai Universal Blueprint for AI is an incredible program, and we are excited about it and it will undoubtedly help all government entities harness the potential of AI technology going forward,”

Kausar Syed, Group Publishing Director at CPI Media Group, said that the government leaders being honoured at the awards had shown remarkable leadership over the last 12 months.

Syed said, “The speed and scale of digital transformation across Dubai is incredible and unprecedented, and that is down to the leadership of the Dubai government, coupled with the support of the government entities and technology community creating an ecosystem and environment that allows innovation to flourish. Tonight, we also celebrated government entities from Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, who are committed to transforming citizen experiences. On behalf of CPI Media Group, we’d like to once again sincerely congratulate all our deserving winners,” said Syed.

The full list of GovTech Innovation Award Winners are outlined below;

 Dubai Police – AI Implementation of the Year
Public Services Department, Government of Ras Al Khaimah – Smart City Initiative of the Year
 Abu Dhabi Mobility – Mobile App of the Year
Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) and Emirates Airline – Digital Solutions Provider of the Year
Fujairah e-Government – Digital Transformation Project of the Year
Transport Authority, Government of Ajman – Innovative Initiative of the Year
Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), Government of Dubai – Best Use of Technology
First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC – Innovative Management Systems and Projects of the Year
Fujairah National Group (FNG) – Fujairah IT Department of the Year
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) – Customer Happiness Entity of the Year
Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) – Cybersecurity Solution of the Year
Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation (MOHRE) – Citizen Empowerment Initiative of the Year
DP World – Sustainable Innovation Leader of the Year
Havier Haddad, Dell Technologies Technology Business Leader of the Year
Terminus International AIoT Leader of the Year
OPSWAT Top Public Sector Threat Prevention Solution of the Year
HPE Aruba Networking Best SASE Vendor of the Year
ServiceNow Digital Transformation Enabler for Public Sector
Commvault Cyber Resilience Vendor of the Year
Hassan Mohamed Hassan Fadhel, Emirates General Petroleum Corporation (Emarat) Future IT Leader of the Year
Ali Abedi, YAS Takaful Outstanding Excellence in IT and Cybersecurity
Abdalla Al Ali, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority (DMCC) Government IT Leader of the Year
Maitha Alnuaimi, Dubai Municipality Female Leader of the Year in 3D Mapping
Amna Saleh Al Hammadi, Emirates Health Services – UAE Sustainable IT Leader of the Year
Dr. Mohammad Khaled Strategic AI Leader of the Year in Government
Alok Tuteja, Agthia Group PJSC Innovative and Sustainable Future Accelerator of the Year
Eng. Aisha Obaid Almheiri, Sharjah Airport Women in Government of the Year

Abdul Majid Shaikh, Emirates Group – Knowledge and Innovation Leader of the Year

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