The 18 finalists of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC)’s Challenge 22 regional innovation award are all set to begin a three-day programme culminating in the awards for the first cycle of the competition.

An intense agenda of workshops, presentations and the final awards ceremony awaits the regional innovators from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain.

The much-anticipated final awards ceremony of the competition is set for 15 June 2015, and will mark the conclusion of an incredible journey for the 18 regional innovators. Keeping in line with the theme of innovation, the finalists arriving on Friday 12 June 2015, will be staying at ‘The Campus – HBKU Guest Residence’. Situated within the LEED Platinum student housing complex of Hamad bin Khalifa University in Education City, it showcases the country’s commitment to renewable energy through the use of solar panels and wind turbines placed in an educational green community.

Over the course of the next three days, the finalists will meet with Challenge 22 ambassadors and partners and six winners will be announced at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) on Monday.

Fatma Al Nuaimi, SC Legacy Senior Manager, expressed her satisfaction with the innovative ideas which will be judged in the final awards. She said:

The quality of all 18 submissions is extremely high, so it’s going to be a very close call. We hope that by shining a light on emerging talents we also inspire the next generation of innovators from the Middle East.’

The 18 finalists will be presenting on three proposals for the sustainability theme, nine proposals for event experience and six proposals for sports and health. The 18 submissions represent residents from the GCC countries comprised of nationalities from across the globe.

The workshop sessions include topics such as business model, communication and presentation skills and rehearsals to prepare the applicants for their final presentation to the judges.

Challenge 22 will award the winners with USD20,000 per winner, as well as the opportunity to work with mentors in their field of interest, networking with leading academic and business institutions and a grant to incubate their porposal into a prototype.

Following the announcement of the winners of the first cycle of Challenge 22, the SC has partnered with Qatar Business Incubation Center, Digital Incubation Center and Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) to support them if their proposals have the potential to be developed into a prototype.

Initiated by the SC, Silatech and Qatar National Research Fund, Challenge 22 is a unique opportunity to think big and come up with inventive solutions to the challenges associated with hosting a major sporting event. Calling on applicants within the GCC, Challenge 22 aims to find solution-based proposals related to three key themes that address challenges faced by Qatar and the world, when hosting major sports events: Sustainability, Event Experience, and Sports and Health. Successful applicants have the opportunity to win a cash prize of USD20,000 a grant to further develop their idea into a proof of concept during Phase 2 of the competition.