Sixth cohort of Dubai Future Accelerators launched

Dubai Future Foundation launches sixth edition of accelerator program to connect startups with government

The sixth cohort of Dubai Future Accelerators has launched in Dubai.
The sixth cohort of Dubai Future Accelerators has launched in Dubai.

The sixth cohort of Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA), the Dubai government’s program to connect startups with government entities, has been launched by Dubai Future Foundation.

DFA, which was launched in 2016 by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation, is a global platform to connect startups and entrepreneurs around the world with Dubai government entities, to develop solutions to address specific challenges.

The sixth cohort will see 30 local and international companies working alongside government entities in areas including road infrastructure, water management, traffic management, surveillance and law enforcement, healthcare and education.

Companies will work with the government entities to address their industry specific challenges as well as provide recommendations and smart solutions to tackle such challenges.

Participating government entities include Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai Police and Etisalat Digital.

Saeed Al Falasi, Executive Director of Future Platforms at Dubai Future Foundation, said that this cohort saw the participation of companies from Japan and Chile for the first time ever, which reinforces the importance and success of this initiative in attracting innovative companies from around the world to Dubai to work with government entities to create a positive impact in society.

DFA program further aims to position Dubai as a hub for innovation, a testbed for emerging technologies as well as an attractive destination for startups and entrepreneurs with bold solutions to future challenges.

The sixth cohort has witnessed participation from 15 countries including; six companies from the United Arab Emirates, five from the United Kingdom, three from the United States, three from Spain, two from Denmark, two from Poland, as well as companies from Finland, France, India, Chile, Japan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.

The projects for the sixth cohort will include:

Dubai Municipality: Irrigation Techniques and Wastewater Treatments

Dubai Municipality is participating in three challenges, including the challenge of "Innovative Irrigation Techniques" that looks into increasing green areas in Dubai through the use of modern irrigation systems. The second challenge, "Wastewater Treatment", to develop sustainable and intelligent systems for monitoring and eliminating odors resulting from wastewater treatment processes. Lastly, the challenge of "Treatment of Rustling Sludge", to treat and reuse 100% of rustling sludge from wastewater treatments

Roads and Transport Authority: Future Technologies for Better Services

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) aims to find innovative solutions to the challenge of "Mobility Infrastructure" specifically by utilizing future technologies to help in reducing the time and cost associated with building and maintaining road and mobility infrastructure. Their second challenge is “Manage & Personalize Customer Experience”, by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and Big Data to facilitate immediate service enhancements.

Dubai Police: Employing Technology in Security Aspects

Dubai Police is participating with three challenges including, “Digital Observation for the Future of Police” which looks into creating an electronic portal that is dedicated to research around the future of law enforcement; whereas their second challenge, "Traffic Congestion”, seeks to utilize technology to anticipate and prevent traffic jams. Their third and final challenge, “Prediction Police" explores ways to provide predictive and proactive solutions for law enforcement aspects.

Etisalat Digital: Digital Transformation

Through its participation, Etisalat Digital is seeking to find solutions for three of its challenges. The first challenge is “Insurance on Demand” to create a new customized insurance on demand based on artificial intelligence technologies. The second challenge, “Multicloud” seeks to accelerate the adoption of Multicloud solutions for UAE companies by reducing complexity while improving security risk management. The third and final challenge is “Industrial IoT”, which aims to support digital transformation of companies by reducing inefficiencies and productivity loss while optimizing inventory and supply chain through industrial IoT solutions.

Dubai Health: Strengthening the Healthcare Industry

As part of its participation, the Dubai Health Authority aims to address its four main challenges through creative thinking and adoption of technologies. Their first challenge, “Accelerate Patient Recovery”, looks into innovative solutions such as remote monitoring and virtual consultation to enhance the patient experience, reduce cost of healthcare and increase efficiency across healthcare providers. Their second challenge, “Increase Accessibility to Health care” looks into increasing accessibility to healthcare providers and improve patient experience for elderly people who prefer home-care by adopting new technologies / next generation medical devices. Their third challenge, “Accelerate Diagnosis”, looks into expediting diagnoses of medical conditions for all forms of illnesses, especially at the emergency departments through the utilization of technologies.

Lastly, “Enhance in-patient and out-patient experience”, this challenge looks into enhancing the patients experience throughout several touchpoints.

Challenges to Strengthening the Energy and Education Sectors

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) challenge, “Future of Energy” aims to accelerate digital transformation through disruptive technologies that are not limited to Quantum Computing, and can include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Automation, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality and others. Whereas, Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority’s (KHDA) challenge, “How can we thrive and succeed in a degree-free world?” looks into providing the right environment that supports citizens in gaining skills outside classrooms and traditional educational systems.

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