DIDI's digital bootcamp for UAE’s biggest student design contest

Published: 30 March 2020 - 12:35 p.m.
A huge design contest for students has gone online.

Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) took swift action to ensure Project Design Space could continue.

More than 4,500 pupils from 100 UAE schools are taking part in the competition to extracurricular contest that challenges students from grades five to 12 to solve real-world problems.

Virtual communication and video conferencing at a digital "bootcamp" will allow Project Design Space to continue, despite the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

The move comes as the same solutions allow schools across the UAE and around the world to adopt online learning.

Project Design Space’s revised format will see students send a video submission of their prototype to faculty members, who will review each submission digitally. The top 10 teams will receive detailed feedback from DIDI faculty via video.

Schools from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al Khaimah and Fujairah are all participating in the fourth annual challenge.

Mohammad Abdulla, president of DIDI, says: “We are focused on supporting the UAE’s knowledge economy by developing students with hybrid skills who can thrive in a world where today’s jobs may not exist in the future. Project Design Space plays a vital role in demonstrating to students and parents that design matters more than ever before and switching to a digital bootcamp reflects our commitment to help students unleash their creative innovation."

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