HH Sheikh Mohammed honours winners of WGS Awards

HH Sheikh Mohammed honours winners of WGS Awards
The World Government Summit Awards programs recognise government projects, new technologies and apps.
Published: 14 February 2018 - 6:22 a.m.
By: Mark Sutton

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has honoured the winners of the World Government Summit Awards.

The Summit was concluded with the presentation of awards for Edge of Government, universities challenge, m-government, emerging government technologies and the GovHack competition.

HH Sheikh Mohammed said that building the future of humanity requires the improvement of government work globally, through the establishment of a lasting culture of innovation and the promotion of advanced science and future skills across all sectors.

"The distinguished global models that competed to win the WGS's awards assured us that there many people in the world who share our vision and ambitions to serve humanity, and improve people's quality of life and achieve their happiness; as well as equip them with science and knowledge so they continue the progress journey of the humanity. Today we honour people who left remarkable positive impact on societies and enhanced people's lives. We believe it is a common responsibility among governments, private sector organizations, research centres and academia. We believe that the leap toward the future is the mission of the new generation whom we witness their innovation and distinction in drafting a realistic picture of future governments," Sheikh Mohammed said.

The Edge of government award went to a project from Kenya, to use vehicle sensors to continuously monitor road conditions, to automatically identify hazards and assign maintenance contracts for repairs. The system has significantly reduced the time required for repairs and maintenance, and contributed to the creation of job opportunities by allowing private contractors to bid for each repair job on a mobile-phone based system.

The London Business School were named winners of the Shaping Future Governments Global Universities Challenge, for a project around the UAE Centennial 2071. Seventeen teams from universities and academic institutions participated in the competition, with teams from INSEAD and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) also reaching the final stage of the challenge.


Seven awards were presented by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Lieutenant-General H.H. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the Best M-Government Service Award.

Winners included Dubai Police; Jordan's Edraak education platform; France's eCO2mix app for monitoring energy consumption and reducing waste; the My Hong Kong Guide app; UAE'S Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization's app for businesses; the UK's City Mapper travel planning app, and India's Umang combined government services app.

His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan honoured the winners of the GovHack and the Best Government Emerging Technologies competitions.

The GovHack aims to encourage developers and programmers to create technology across a number of categories to help improve communities and enhance human life. Winning entries include the Clean Water AI project, which monitors and maps water quality using AI; the Cycle platform and shared infrastructure to improve access to electricity; and the blockchain-based Smart Tender for government procurement.

The Best Government Technologies Awards had three winners - a project from Tanzania to analyse the DNA of important agricultural crops to improve efforts to prevent and control diseases in crops; India's Aadhaar project to issue biometric ID cards to citizens; and the Australian National Cities Performance Framework initiative, an open city data project.

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