Dubai will host on Thursday October 24th the '2019 First Global Robotics Challenge', a great event in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence which brings together talented young people with a passion for science, technology, and engineering.
Held for the first time in the Arab world after previous editions in the US and Mexico, the third edition of First Global challenge will bring together more than 1,500 students aged 14 to 18 from 191 countries around the world from October 24th to 27th at the Festival Arena in Dubai to collaborate, create and compete.
Organised by the Dubai Future Foundation under the theme “ocean opportunities”, the challenge focuses on developing technologies to help clean up the millions of tons of pollutants in the oceans which adversely affect the marine environment.
The challenge will enable young people to acquire the tools, skills and expertise to design robots, shape their individual futures and solve global problems.
Teams featured in the First Global Challenge were selected based on their results in a year-round series of qualifying events held around the world. The teams are made up of four to five students aged between 14 and 18.
Each team receives a robotics kit and is tasked with assembling a robot able to address various issues related to ocean and marine life and environmental pollution.
Previous editions witnessed the participation of hundreds of student teams who worked to create robots that help in finding solutions for increasing access to clean water and developing sustainable energy sources, held in Washington in 2017 and Mexico City in 2018. Both events drew widespread global interest.
Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of The Executive Council and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation, said that Dubai is determined to employ technology across various sectors as part of its Fourth Industrial Revolution drive.
Sheikh Hamdan noted that technology is the key element shaping the industries of the future and an indispensable tool for tackling human challenges.
The vision of the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has helped the UAE create an optimal environment for motivating young people to engage with modern science, especially advanced technology such as robotics and artificial intelligence.
"Hosting such global events enables Dubai to translate this guidance into reality and ensure positive outcomes that benefit humankind. We are proud to have become enablers for the convergence of minds and initiatives that pave the way for creating a better tomorrow," Sheikh Hamdan said.
"The future of the world is in the hands of young people. Our role is to help empower them and expand their participation in all fields so as to prepare them to face future challenges," he added.
The UAE won the bid to host the First Global Challenge at the 7th World Government Summit in Dubai last February in the presence of the Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future Mohammed Al Gergawi and Rick Perry, the US secretary of energy.
"The UAE is a pioneer in supporting the advancement of science, technology, and innovation for the benefit of the community," Al Gergawi said.
"Hosting such a key global event underlines the UAE's keenness to promote global partnerships aimed at creating a better future for mankind. It is essential that we support creative talent and facilitate the dissemination of knowledge," he added.
"At this global challenge event in October, we aim to provide an opportunity for thousands of students who want to make a positive impact in the world," said Dean Kamen, Founder of First Global.
During his visit to Washington last April, the Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence and Deputy Managing Director of Dubai Future Foundation Omar Sultan Al Olama highlighted the important task of establishing global partnerships and employing modern technologies across various industries in supporting the UAE's efforts in developing the industry of the future.
"We are proud to see the Dubai Future Foundation host the world's largest robotics competition, elevating and re-emphasising the UAE's vision of a developed world that employs various technologies for the benefit of humanity," Perry commented.
US Senator Mitt Romney remarked, "FIRST Global is the chance for young people across the world to get to know each other, to work on similar things, and to see that folks are not as different as they might have imagined because we are all working on the same things and doing it in different ways."
At the 6th World Ocean Summit this year, the UAE pledged to participate in international cooperation efforts to clean up streams and coastlines across Africa and Asia.