What everyone ought to know about Innovation Week UAE

To achieve goals set in UAE Vision 2021, country launched UAE Innovation week last year, largest of it’s kind. This year UAE Innovation week was from Nov 20th to Nov 26th 2016. I was invited to inaugural Innovation Live Summit, an official anchor event, which took place on 21st Nov and organized by MEED in partnership with Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Masdar, Health Care Authority Abu Dhabi and few industry leaders. It was a great way to Gain insight into how the UAE is driving innovation and rigorously working towards implementing its Vision 2021 and the role of each sector industry.

Artificial Intelligent System which talked to people at event

But before I tell you all about the event I am sure you would like to know more about what is UAE’s National Innovation Strategy?
In 2014 His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, launched a National Innovation Strategy with a seven year plan that aims to make the UAE among the most innovative nations in the world. This strategy includes 7 sectors listed below,

1. Renewable energy

2. Transportation
3. Education
4. Health
5. Technology
6. Water
7. Space

You can read UAE’s National Innovation Strategy here. Few of the important goals of Vision 2021 and National Agenda are Non-Oil Real GDP Growth as well as Sustainable Environment
and Infrastructure.

Reem Al Hashemi

At the very first Innovation Live event at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, there were many expert speakers lined up for panel discussions from around the world. Innovation Live was kicked off with speech by Majid Saif Al Ghurair, chairman of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce of Industry who emphasis on Vision 2021 and Dubai’s aspiration to become one of the top innovative city in the world.

In her powerful speech, Reem Ibrahim Al Hashemi, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of the Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau explained all aspects of Expo 2020 and how Innovation is one of the primary objective of Expo 2020 under the theme of connecting minds. creating the future! She also highlighted how UAE, a country as young as half of human lifespan has transformed this arid ground in short time span. Watch this video for part of her speech.
Guy Kawasaki

The next keynote speaker Guy Kawasaki, Silicon Valley venture capitalist, author and former Apple chief evangelist gave a great speech about innovation, I would like to call it a crash course on successful innovation. With a great sense of humor this guy almost steal the show leaving audience feeling inspired! He presented steps of innovation and here are those steps

1. Make meaning
2. Make mantra
3. Jump to the next curve
4. Roll the DICEE
5. Don’t worry, be crappy
6. Let 100 flowers blossom
7. Polarise people
8. Churn, baby, churn
9. Niche thyself
10. Follow the Rule
11. Don’t let the clowns grind you down

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I am glad to attend such inspiring event, where I could learn so much about innovation!

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