SC launches second cycle of Challenge 22

 28 Sep 2016 - 12:59

The Peninsula

DOHA: The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) yesterday launched the second cycle of Challenge 22, an award aimed at promoting a culture of innovation in the region and attracting entrepreneurs, scientists and pioneers from across the Arab world.

The digital launch saw the participation of Challenge 22 partners and ambassadors across 10 Arab countries, including  Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the UAE.

Challenge 22 showcases ideas that can contribute to the hosting and organisation of major events like the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, while building a sustainable, economically diverse future for the region.

Challenge 22’s second edition is launched in cooperation with SC’s strategic partners — Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF); Wamda; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Enterprise Forum Pan-Arab. It covers four key fields — sustainability; health and safety; the Internet of things; and fan experience.

Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary- General, SC, said: “There are many great talents in our region that need support and guidance to help overcome challenges typically faced by innovators and entrepreneurs. 

“Challenge 22 aims at utilising the occasion of hosting the FIFA World Cup to help develop the community of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Arab world by offering participants the opportunity to turn their ideas into actual projects that can be seen and used by many around the world in 2022.

“Partnering with institutions such as QNRF and MIT Enterprise Forum will support us in fulfilling the goals of Challenge 22, which we hope will leave a positive and long-term impact on the region and inspire generations to come long after the final whistle of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar,” he added.

Dr Abdul Sattar Al Taie, Executive Director, QNRF, said: “As a member of the research sector under Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development, QNRF is helping build a knowledge-based economy by promoting scientific research and fostering innovation in the Arab world. 

“Driven by this common goal we have taken part in Challenge 22 since its inception. We see it as an opportunity not only to invest in and develop Arab talent, but also to introduce the potential this region possesses to hundreds of millions of people around the world.”

The winners in the second cycle will be receive prizes of $15,000 each and mentoring and guidance from leading scientists and researchers in the region. 

Those with the best ideas will also receive up to $100,000 in grant to develop their ideas to proof of concept stage.

Challenge 22 road show will start on October 3 and last five weeks, covering all countries included in this year’s edition. 

Participation is open to all citizens and residents of the 10 Arab countries involved in the challenge. Individuals or teams of up to four people may submit ideas until December 12.