Emirates News Agency – UAE Government honors Innovates Award winners

DUBAI, 1st March, 2022 (WAM) — The UAE Government celebrated the winners of the UAE Innovates Award at a ceremony held at the Museum of the Future (MOTF) in Dubai on Monday. Eight winning projects were singled out from nearly 500 submissions in the second annual awards program.

The awards ceremony concluded UAE Innovates 2022, the largest such national initiative of the Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation (MBRCGI), which included events and activities in all seven emirates throughout the month. February, attracting broad participation from federal and local government entities, the private sector, academia and community members.

UAE Innovates aims to enrich the culture of innovation in the country and promote community participation in the creation of experiences and initiatives that can support the vision of the UAE for the next 50 years.

Monday’s ceremony was attended by Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Government Development and Future, Abdulla Nasser Lootah, Director General of the Office of the Prime Minister in the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs. , and Huda Al Hashimi, Deputy Minister of Cabinet Affairs for Strategic Affairs.

Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Government Development and Future, said: “Our leadership has ensured that innovation will be a central pillar of the UAE for the next 50 years. UAE Innovates 2022 reflects the UAE’s efforts to cultivate a culture of innovation within government and society through various initiatives, projects and events.The UAE Innovates Award embodies the government’s strategy to incubate and develop innovative solutions and stimulate the creative ideas of government employees to find solutions to challenges.

Huda Al Hashimi, Deputy Minister of Cabinet Affairs for Strategic Affairs, said: “With the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, the Government of the United Arab Emirates succeeded in making innovation a common practice in government and society to prepare a new generation of innovators, building their capacities and motivating them to participate in the development of proactive solutions for future challenges, thus contributing to improving Lives.”

Al Hashimi congratulated the winners and called on them to continue to actively participate in the search for new and innovative solutions to the challenges. She also called for the deployment of innovations and pioneering ideas to ensure the sustainability of opportunities and solutions, while strengthening the country’s scientific and technological excellence.

The UAE Innovates Award ceremony honored eight government agencies that presented innovative projects among more than 460 initiatives and projects in six main categories: automation of government procedures; digital leadership; use of resources, simplification of procedures; social services; and the best radical innovation. The winning projects will be included in the third edition of the UAE Innovations Report. Judges evaluated on several judging criteria, including novelty, replicability, impact, speed, and proactivity.

Best Innovation Award for Automation of Government Procedures The Artificial Intelligence Dementia Diagnosis Project won the Best Innovation Award for Automation of Government Procedures. Emirates Health Services (EHS) participated in the project, which is a computer program based on a five-minute cognitive assessment tool using AI technology. It provides objective criteria of cognitive performance in the elderly.

Dr. Youssef Al Serkal, CEO of the Emirates Health Services Foundation, said: “We are committed to providing the highest standards of health services by leveraging innovative technologies and artificial intelligence to improve the quality of life of individuals.

The best digital leadership innovation The Digital Health Passport project, affiliated with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), won the digital leadership category. It is an innovative digital model that merges online systems from the public and private health sectors to provide accurate real-time data that can support decision-making and provide a case tracking mechanism to ensure a quick response. This project has contributed to accomplishing constructive and rapid change during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the recovery phase. It has had a positive impact on the performance of Dubai’s healthcare ecosystem, while achieving the fastest response rates for positive cases. All residents and visitors to Dubai have benefited from this system.

Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, Director General of DHA, said, “The awards foster positive competition among institutions to represent initiatives that reinforce the country’s strong interest in innovation and creativity. Additionally, the award motivates institutions to invent new methods of service delivery that exceed patient expectations and improve the healthcare system.

Most Innovative Use of Resources The winner of the Most Innovative Use of Resources category is Forsan Robots from the Ajman Ministry of Finance, which leverages robotic process automation to monitor government budget execution, benefiting all government agencies.

Marwan Ahmed Al Ali, Managing Director of Ajman Finance Department at Ajman Finance Department, said, “The department’s projects reflect its efforts to enrich the culture of innovation and leadership in the financial sector, enabling employees to focus on higher value businesses, and ensure the integrity of Ajman government‘s financial performance data. »

Most Innovative Government Process The Most Innovative Government Process category was shared by two entities: the Ministry of Community Development and Telecommunications and the Digital Government Regulatory Authority for their e-Connection Social Security project. The project succeeded in establishing an electronic connection with 44 governmental and local entities to ensure the facilitation and acceleration of the work. It has helped complete over 18 million transactions in 29 months, saving over MAD 7 billion in service delivery costs and reducing the number of visits by 22,000 per year. This has saved more than 10 million dirhams annually on the social security budget and reduced the gap of social security beneficiaries from 200,000 to 80,000 per month while reducing the waiting list by 50 %.

Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, said, “Our participation in the award is in line with the vision of the country’s leaders to stimulate innovative ideas and embrace innovation, supporting the country’s direction for the next 50 years. We are proud to participate in the activities of UAE Innovates by launching various initiatives that improve our services”.

Eng. Majed Sultan Al-Mismar, Director General of the Communications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority, said, “The API platform project embodies the government’s digital transformation. Digital governance is no longer a project limited to one sector, but rather a joint effort involving all sectors to concretely prepare for the future.”

Most Innovative Community Services In the Most Innovative Community Services category, the award was won by Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority for its innovative Comprehensive Childhood Data System, an analytics platform advanced using the latest technologies. This platform carries out a 360 ​​study of the situation of a child in order to understand the challenges facing the early childhood sector and to highlight areas for improvement in this sector to support decisions and political decision-makers. . This system revealed that children from disadvantaged families face challenges at the emirate level, which led to the formation of a task force from various government agencies to design targeted support programs to address this challenge. .

Sanaa Mohammed Suhail, Chief Executive Officer of the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority, said: “Since our establishment in 2019, we have developed an effective strategy based on participation, change and innovation, which is a key feature of our work to help improve the UAE’s global positioning.”

Most Innovative Disruptive Project The Home Office won the award in this category with its facial recognition project for remote digital verification of transactions and digital identities, a digital portal to remotely authenticate transactions and digital identities using facial recognition. The project successfully authenticated over 2 million digital identity accounts, opened over 40,000 bank accounts and tested over 20,000 applicants.

Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaili, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, said: “I am proud of the continuous efforts of the ministry to support the modernization of the police work system and increase the efficiency and performance in a way that enhances safety and security and improves the happiness and well-being of society.”

In the Most Innovative Disruptive Project category, Dubai Customs took home the award with its Customs Dolphins project, a remote-controlled dolphin-like intelligent aquatic robot that moves at high speeds on the surface of the sea and carries a camera that can be controlled from above or below to monitor ships and maritime traffic.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Managing Director of Dubai Customs and CEO of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, said: “Dubai Customs has succeeded in developing a working environment that stimulates creativity and innovation, and in developing innovations that are gaining prominence in promoting trade and facilitating travel.”

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