DUBAI, 26th March, 2022 (WAM)– The Government of the United Arab Emirates will run the 7th edition of the “GovTech Prize” to be held on the 30th of March as part of the World Government Summit 2022 held at Expo 2020 Dubai.
GovTech Prize is an annual global award designed to motivate world government entities and startups to create and innovate Government Technology solutions that help solve common and pressing global challenges.
The GovTech Prize, managed by the GX program launched by the Emirates Government Service Excellence Program (EGSEP) at the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, is to recognize innovations in Health and Wellbeing, Education & Remote Learning, Refugees, Climate Change, AI Powered Government Services, and Unique Breakthroughs.
Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Chairman of the World Government Summit Organization, stated ahead of the event: “GovTech Prize, represents the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. The Prize also reflects WGS mission, while recognizing the exceptional levels of innovation and efforts in the government services arena that help solve challenges that are of a global nature and which touch the lives of millions, and at times billions, of people in today’s world.”
He added; “This year’s edition has managed to create a huge traction from countries across the globe. Having over 250 case studies nominated from 65 countries is proof that the power of innovation, the collaborative and joined efforts between government bodies, private sector and startup ecosystem have so much potential and impact to improve lives and the world we live in.”
Six Categories in GovTech This year, the “Education & Remote Learning” category focuses on solutions related to solving challenges of teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and societal issues associated with them, while the “Health & Wellbeing” category is geared towards rewarding solutions related to management and control of the Pandemic, and the broader impact on society.
As for the “Refugees” category, this is to reward the use of technology to help the global refugee crisis and improve the lives of those who have been uprooted from their homes as a result of conflict. The “Climate Change” category focuses on innovative technology solutions that reduce environmental risks and ecological scarcities, as well as solutions that aims for sustainable development.
The last two categories are the “AI Powered Government Services” and the “Unique Breakthroughs”. The former recognizes Digital initiatives by governments to improve government services that are powered by Artificial Intelligence through reimagined service delivery, and more efficient operations that bring value, while the latter focuses on government technological breakthroughs that are bold, brave steps that create history in response to global challenges.
More than 40 solutions were shortlisted and assessed by an independent jury panel to award the best solution from each category.
The World Government Summit (WGS), launched under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in 2013, is a global platform that brings together world leaders, ministers, senior officials, and policymakers to share experiences and ideas that contribute to the development of future governments and discuss the latest trends and innovative solutions for global challenges. The WGS 2022 is convening this year up to 4000 participants, 500 speakers, who will shape the next decade of governments.