The competition recognised the top young inventors and aspiring entrepreneurs across GEMS Education schools.
On 1 May, over 200 students from across the GEMS Education network of schools were recognised at the GEMS Innovation Awards. Held at GEMS Dubai American Academy (DAA) the awards were handed out to top performers in four separate challenges — Global Innovation Challenge, GEMS Xcelerator Programme, GEMS ENBD Future of Digital Finance Challenge, and GEMS Innovative School of the Year. The 2018-19 Global Innovation Challenge, in partnership with Silicon Valley-based Singularity University, was launched in October last year and has seen thousands of GEMS Education students apply their skills and knowledge to develop solutions to a range of global problems.
The most innovative projects were shortlisted and about 100 students across 35 teams have benefitted from mentorship from industry professionals, seed funding, and entrepreneurship workshops. Teams then pitched their ideas to a panel of judges during special ‘Demo Days’ held on 28 and 29 April at GEMS World Academy — Dubai (GWA), after which the winners were selected.
WINNING SOLUTIONS IN THE JUNIOR CATEGORY
- Moov (Cambridge International School — Dubai) A mobile tele-surgery vehicle complete with robotic arms, cameras and equipment for virtual first-stage emergencies.
- Foodie Mini Refrigerator (GEMS Millennium School — Sharjah) A solar-powered, self-regulating food refrigeration and storage unit designed to tackle food wastage and benefit construction workers.
- Project Meraki (GEMS Modern Academy — Dubai) A weather-proof, light-weight, modular and portable shelter designed to help those displaced by natural disasters.
WINNING SOLUTIONS IN THE SENIOR CATEGORY
- SHERO (GEMS New Millennium School — Al Khail) A wearable ring that acts as security for women courtesy of a built-in low-voltage taser and GPS tracker that sends SOS signals to guardians.
- Smart Bandages (GEMS Millennium School — Sharjah) A sensor-loaded bio-compatible bandage for chronic wounds that displays moisture, PH and temperature levels, leading to efficient healing.
- Alivean (Our Own English High School, Sharjah — Boys), an aid for the visually impaired that uses real-time image and object classification to inform users what is in front of them via an earpiece.
GEMS XCELERATOR PROGRAMME
Held in March and April the programme provided students with financial and nonfinancial support, mentoring around their products. Students took part in workshops and the programme culminated in a Demo Day, where each team pitched to the region’s leading technology venture capital firms, investors and corporate innovators.
Conntext (GEMS Wellington Academy — Silicon Oasis) A web search engine delivered through SMS, empowering developing regions and areas without internet access at the cost of sending a text message.
GEMS ENBD FUTURE OF DIGITAL FINANCE CHALLENGE
iSafe (The Cambridge High School — Abu Dhabi) A digital savings product for children aged six to 18, enabling parents to transfer money, track expenses and assign chores.