In 2011, three Egyptian and one French youth were let go from their positions because of the closing of the renewable energy division in their previous company. These four shared a personal passion for renewable, clean energy, a matter the only received limited interest in their country despite its vast horizons and huge opportunities. They decided to invest in the field with their own private funds, and the start-up earned its first project in a matter of months, but soon took a new and different direction from the rest of the Arab renewable energy experience.
Every five years, a number of researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology would perform a geometric scan of the university campus, when the idea occurred to them: “is it not possible to perform this task faster through the use of drones?” Within a few months, the founders gained two patents for photography device control systems and a method to automatically transform the images to data. From there start-up FalconViz was born, and it now works with the biggest institutions to provide air scanning services for urban, industrial, and heritage areas within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which helps preserve the kingdom’s heritage and culture in addition to developing a cutting-edge sector.
Floods are the most commonly occurring natural disaster in the world, impacting hundreds of millions and causing extreme financial losses every year. The Arab world is equally impacted, as in the year 2014 when floods of Jeddah and the Holy City of Mecca suffered economic losses estimated at more than 100 million USD. In response to these catastrophes and their destructive effects, a group of students and researchers at KAUST developed an early warning system for floods, and turned the project into a start-up that is active regionally and globally as “Sadeem Technology”.
ENOC Group, EmTech MENA 2019 Gold Partner, unveiled its two new digital ventures – ENOC Link and Beema – under its recently launched accelerator programme, NEXT, designed to unlock growth opportunities through disruptive innovation and strategic partnerships.
ENOC Group, EmTech MENA 2019 Gold Partner, announced today the launch of a new accelerator programme called NEXT targeted at the energy sector to unlock growth opportunities through building B2B and consumer digital ventures.
NEXT underpins the Group’s commitment to contributing to the UAE’s future agenda and Dubai’s vision to be a global platform for knowledge-based, sustainable and innovation-focused businesses.
This article was written by Abdelkader Nasreddine Belkacem, one of the IU35 MENA Winners in 2018.
Last September 2018, I have been selected as one of the 10 MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 in MENA region. Therefore, it was a great opportunity for me to attend EmTech conference at Dubai city. That was the best experience I have ever had. I met many outstanding thinkers, leaders, businessmen, and scientists over the globe. We have discussed and shared many crazy ideas and perspectives that are going to change the world in the upcoming years. My talk was entitled: Can we take multitasking to the next level using brain-machine interface?Read more… “Innovators Under 35: Can we take multitasking to the next level using brain-machine interface?”
As the Fourth Industrial Revolution continues to transform every sector of our daily lives, the oil and gas industry is setting itself up to embrace those changes. As such, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), in collaboration with IBM, created a blockchain-based production quantities accounting system in its value chain.Read more… “How ADNOC upgraded to Blockchain and AI Systems”
The transformation of education through technology and digital governments were some of the highlights discussed during the second day of EmTech MENA in Dubai on Monday.
In a session entitled Government and Transformation, Dr. Saleh Al Hashemi, Managing Director at Krypto Labs, said education globally was fragmented.Read more… “Technology to revolutionize education sector.”
With British Airways losing 380,000 customer details earlier this month and 145 million social security numbers and 99 million addresses lost by Equifax in May, cyber-security is at the top of every country’s agenda.
The UAE is not immune to such threats, ranking as the second most attacked country in the world, just after Saudi Arabia.Read more… “Cyber threats should be tackled from the root of design, experts say…”
With a rising population around the world leading to increasing energy demands, experts gave an outlook of energy and its transformation in the near future.
Speaking at the first day of EmTech MENA in Dubai on Sunday, they discussed innovative and creative ways to generate, store and use energy to help solve the critical challenge facing future societies.Read more… “Technological innovation needed for the future of energy”