Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 26 February 2019: The Smart Solutions and Services Authority (ADSSSA) has launched the ‘Digital Champions Program’ in partnership with Cisco and Potential. The new initiative is aimed at new graduates, university students and government employees; providing them with the skills of artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and knowledge to create a stimulating environment of innovation, research and development, in line with one of the tenets of ‘Ghadan 21’.
The program is designed to empower participants and make them more capable and efficient in many areas such as innovation, IoT, information security (InfoSec) and other technological fields. The top five innovators will be recognized in the program and the evaluation will be in partnership with Cisco.
The program includes two main phases. The first phase (Basic track) involves providing an overview of IoT to the innovator, the process of thinking in designing innovation leads to the identification of ideas and transferring it to the next level, and guidance by the development of the preliminary work model to submit a feasibility study of the project. After completing this process, the candidate will be an IoT Champion and will receive the ‘IoT Champion Badge.
The advanced track will allow the inventor to have a technical course that provides him with enough information about IoT. After passing, the creator or innovator will be automatically eligible for the ‘Digital Champion Program’ Award, where the feasibility study will be reviewed and evaluated. The top 20 participants will then have the opportunity to receive face-to-face guidance with a team of IoT experts, preparing them for the final contest where they can be recognized as the Top Innovator in Abu Dhabi.
H.E. Dr. Rauda Al Saadi, ADSSSA’s Director General, said: “The ‘Digital Champions Program’ is in line with the Authority's responsibility and commitment to focus on developing talent and building a generation of innovators and inventors. These are the pioneers of the future conscious of the rapid changes which the world is witnessing in the context of a clear vision for the future."