The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology to Support “Challenge 22”
As part of its continuous efforts to foster innovation and a culture of entrepreneurship, the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR) works to support the Challenge 22 as one of the Challenge Partners, who provide input on the challenges, ensuring that each is relevant and meaningful to its target community. ictQATAR also promotes the award through its extensive networks of individuals and organizations, and mentors shortlisted candidates.
To celebrate the momentous occasion of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), in partnership with Silatech and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), launched the Challenge 22 in 2015. Challenge 22 is an annual innovation award that aims to unite, inspire and challenge the region’s brightest minds.
Challenge 22 was established to engage the region’s innovators and to provide them with a forum to explore solutions that could contribute to this world-renowned event, and to support a culture of discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship in the Middle East. Participants are requested to come up with innovative ideas and solutions for six different challenges under this year’s key themes: Sustainability, Event Experience, and Sports and Health.
To be eligible to participate in Challenge 22, applicants must be at least 18 years of age and of Arab origin, or have at least one member of Arab origin, if applying as a team. Moreover, applicants must be a legal resident of one of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries at the time of application. The first year will be open to GCC participants; however, the competition will be rolled out to encompass additional countries in the Middle East in coming years.
Successful applicants have the opportunity to win a cash prize of USD 20,000 during Phase 1 of the competition and a grant to further develop their idea into a proof of concept during Phase 2 of the competition. The competition will also provide networking opportunities across a number of different fields, along with exposure to other innovators to create a regional innovation pipeline.
For more information about the Challenge 22, please visit www.challenge22.qa.