Dubai launches $1m award for best AI, robotics use

Crown Prince announces enormous prize as part of plans to make 2015 the Year of Innovation

The $1m prize will help research into close encounters of a robotic kind by the UAE. Photo: Getty
The $1m prize will help research into close encounters of a robotic kind by the UAE. Photo: Getty

The Crown Prince of Dubai on Tuesday launched a new international competition to find the best use for artificial intelligence and robots.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, said the UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good will offer a top prize of AED1 million ($272,257) at the national level and $1 million at the international level.

He said the competition was part of the UAE's plans to make 2015 the Year of Innovation.

"The UAE's journey in innovation is gaining a national momentum every day. We are confident of our abilities and the vision of our leaders to achieving a leading position in the world in the field of innovation. Our goal is to harness science and technology to promote a better life for the people and enhance happiness in the communities," Sheikh Hamdan said.

Sheikh Hamdan announced the award to generate the best ideas for the invention of robots that can serve humanity. The competition for the award is open to companies, universities and innovative individuals and professionals working in the field of this technology.

Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, and chairperson of the Organising Committee, added: "The award aims to honour the best application of robotics and artificial intelligence in the service of humanity with a focus on three key areas: Education, Health and Social Services."  TEST

Al Gergawi said the competition will be managed by a committee comprising specialists in robotics and artificial intelligence technology to assess the ideas and projects.

"The competing robots must be compliant with safety standards, incorporate latest technologies, and characterized by high reliability while assuring value-added services.

"The participants will propose the type of services that these technologies will provide, for instance in helping people with disabilities, treatment of patients, encouraging children in education, as well as complex tasks such as fire-fighting, construction work and social care."

Registration can be completed at


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