Sunday 29, November 2015

Dubai – MENA Herald: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) concluded DEWA’s Innovation Week by hosting an Innovation Conference, with the participation of international experts from sustainability, renewable energy and water sectors, supporting the declaration of our wise leadership that 2015 is the Year of Innovation, and the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to mark UAE National Innovation Week from 22-28 November, which is a major event to celebrate innovative achievements, and to combine the efforts of private and government sectors.

“To support the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, who has stressed the importance of innovation in the UAE’s strategy, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, declared 2015 to be the Year of Innovation and launched the UAE National Innovation Strategy. Accordingly, DEWA organised the fifth Creativity and Innovation Week, as part of DEWA’s Innovation Week, to enhance the international position of the UAE in innovation. DEWA’s Innovation Week contributes to encouraging DEWA’s staff to offer new ideas to improve performance and achieve better results, and serves to encourage a culture of innovation as a standard. This week was an opportunity to showcase DEWA’s achievements in innovation, and to develop the innovative skills of our workforce,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

DEWA’s Innovation Week comprised 30 innovative activities and events, and the launch of more than 40 innovations for sustainable energy and water. These events included a Government Innovation Lab to explore initiatives to use energy in an efficient way. The Government Innovation Lab attracted employees, partners, innovators and emerging companies.

DEWA also organised a Design Thinking Lab that comprised a series of workshops, spread over three days, to explore challenges faced by DEWA, and to discover innovative methods to overcome these challenges, using the Better Today design thinking methods. One of the workshops included an initiative from the Mohammed bin Rashid Smart Majlis. DEWA also organised a Build-It-Yourself Robotics Kit competition for schoolchildren from the age of six, up to high-school age. The robotics kits were equipped with sustainable innovative gadgets, such as solar panels, sensors, chargeable batteries, and programmable microcontrollers.

The activities also included the launch of ‘My Innovation’ (Ibtikari in Arabic), to encourage innovators and designers from the UAE and abroad to offer innovations via a smart platform. This incorporates science and engineering competitions for university students and engineering specialists to identify scientific solutions and innovations in the fields of sustainability and water.