Challenge 22: Innovators hoping to be shortlisted
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy's Challenge 22 is in its second cycle and attracting entries from across the region
The innovation award launched by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), Challenge 22 is in its second cycle and attracting entries from across the region.
The initiative has already attracted 900 proposals from 10 Arab countries with innovators and entrepreneurs from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with the list of applicants numbering 236, 232 and 116 submissions respectively.
The objective is to support and nurture ideas which could possibly serve as inventive solutions for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, in conjunction with arranging key occasions and making a lasting impact on Arab societies.
Innovators from Morocco were fourth on the list with 87 applications, followed by 79 submissions from Jordan, 52 from Tunisia, 49 from UAE, 33 from Oman, 29 from Bahrain, and 24 from Kuwait, the SC reports.
Of the four challenges, Tourism Experience attracted the greatest number of submissions 308, followed by The Internet of Things with 269 submissions, Sustainability drew 217 submissions and Health & Safety came in with 143 submissions.
Ahsan Mansoor, project manager for Challenge 22 said: “We are delighted that innovators from across 10 Arab countries have so actively participated and submitted so many applications. This says a lot about the strong impulse for innovation in the region, and gives us a good idea what kind of issues they are interested in.”
He said that next week the names of the teams that pass to the second round will be announced.
Mansoor added: “Proposals are being reviewed by appropriate reviewers in the subject matter of the submission. The reviewers list includes experts and executives from Challenge 22’s network of strategic and programme partners.”
The teams have until 7 March to fine tune their proposals before submitting them for the second round of reviews, after which the finalists will be announced.
Doha will host the finalists who will present their ideas and proposals to a panel of judges who will select the final winners.
Experts and mentors will guide teams during round two submissions on how to polish their proposals for the next round of review.
Challenge 22’s second edition was launched in cooperation with SC’s strategic partners; Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), Wamda, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Pan-Arab, and Facebook, as well as the Programme Partners, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Qatar Business Incubation Center, Qatar Development Bank, Qatar Airways, AstroLabs and FbStart along with more than 20 regional partners.