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Abu Dhabi looks to Singapore start-ups and SMEs for smart city challenge organised by Singapore and the UAE capital

May 11, 2021

The Abu Dhabi – Singapore Smart Cities Open Innovation Challenge brings together the Abu Dhabi City government and leading corporates to collaborate with innovative start-ups and SMEs in Singapore to drive future smart city development in the Middle East. This challenge is an initiative of the Abu Dhabi – Singapore Joint Forum (ADSJF), co-chaired by Mr S. Iswaran, Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations (Singapore) and H.E. Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority and Mubadala Company.

Driving forward the conversation on smart cities and how to make them more liveable and equitable, Enterprise Singapore, Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) and IPI have partnered with three Abu Dhabi organisations – Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Masdar, and Department of Municipality and Transport (DMT) to look for innovative partners to collaborate on six challenge statements to drive future smart city developments in the Middle East. This challenge is open to Singapore start-ups or innovative SMEs with suitable solutions.

The 50-year-old ADNOC, one of the world’s leading energy producers, is seeking innovative solutions: to increase the energy efficiency of the buildings within Ruwais City; to tap into Ruwais City’s existing real-time data collection tools and leverage findings to improve public services and quality of life for residents; and to propose energy efficiency solutions for the street lighting systems within Ruwais City. 

The DMT is seeking innovative solutions from renewable and sustainable energy sources to be implemented in public recreational areas such as parks and beaches to supply electric power to these public facilities, as well as to transform their street lighting infrastructure for public engagement (such as public advertisement banners) and other smart applications such as the collection of data through sensors to enable DMT to use these data to provide better public services.

Masdar, a leading renewable energy and sustainable urban development, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, is looking for an innovative, cost-effective and self-contained solution that taps passive and/or active heat management technologies and design to enhance comfort in the outdoors.

Selected companies will have the opportunity to develop and pilot their solutions, and these may be adapted and implemented by the organisations in the Middle East. Eligible companies can also apply and receive funding support from the Enterprise Singapore’s Enterprise Development Grant scheme.

Qualifying Singaporean companies for the Innovation Challenge will be eligible for support from the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), including investor care services, incentive instruments and connections to ecosystem partners.

Winning start-ups would also have fast-tracked access into Hub71’s selection committee for its incentive programme.

Interested participants are strongly encouraged to attend the briefing via Zoom on 10 June, 2021 at 2pm (GMT+8)

This briefing will feature sharing sessions by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Masdar and The Department of Municipalities and Transport, followed by a Q&A segment. The submission deadline is July 29, 2021 followed by pitch day in mid-October. The winner/s will be announced in mid-November. Find out more details here.

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