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Du to foster local AI innovation and entrepreneurship

du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), has announced the launch of the first-ever IoT and AI Pioneers Competition.

The new initiative is aimed at fostering home-grown innovation and entrepreneurship in the UAE.

Giving youth an opportunity to spearhead the innovation initiatives established Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, the event encourages contestants to tap into their creative thinking for the proliferation of ideas which will lead the UAE into the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

More details about the competition can be found on

Driven by U5GIG, which was launched by du in 2016, the IoT and AI Pioneers Competition has been created to address the leaderships’ directive for a diversified economy boosted by innovative knowledge-based sectors. Throughout the competition, participants are encouraged to herald innovative ideas for the evolution of smart city, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT) advancements.

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,” said AlBlooshi.

Throughout the competition, participants will be 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 valuable cash prizes and in addition to this, the winning idea of the overall competition will have the potential to be commercialised at a later date.


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