The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) will honour six winners at the Challenge 22 Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner on 15 June 2015 at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC).

Challenge 22 is an annual innovation award launched in January 2015 by SC, along with its Strategic Partners on this programme, Silatech and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).

The SC is the organisation responsible for delivering the infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.The SC ensures that all preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup align with Qatar’s other development imperatives, as described in the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2011-2016. Along with its stakeholders, the SC is tasked with delivering stadiums and other infrastructure for 2022 FIFA World Cup. The delivery goals of the SC include exceptional programme and stakeholder management to ensure the timely delivery of infrastructure and competition and non-competition venues; integrating Qatari culture into all hosting plans, to provide the best possible image of the Middle East when the world arrives in Qatar in 2022; and adopting high environmental standards on all projects, contributing to the delivery of a carbon neutral tournament.

Challenge 22 aims to unite, inspire and challenge the region’s brightest minds, providing innovative thinkers with the opportunity to have their ideas showcased in front of an audience of billions in 2022 and beyond. Challenge 22 will support a culture of discovery, economic diversification and entrepreneurship, with effects felt across the region. It brings together innovators in the Arab world and supports them as they explore solutions that could directly benefit the hosts of mega-events globally. The innovation award also provides an opportunity to build sustainable links between leading research centres, academic institutions and businesses in the Middle East.

For the first cycle, challenges are focused on three key themes: Sustainability, Event Experience and Sports & Health. Individuals and groups of up to four people who propose the most innovative ideas will win prizes of USD20,000 and receive mentoring from leading scientists and researchers in the region.

The individuals or teams with the very best ideas – those with the greatest potential to contribute to an amazing tournament in 2022 – will receive additional funding to develop their ideas to the proof of concept stage.

So how does it work?

  1. Applicants had to ‘pick a challenge’ and submit a two-page proposal on 3 March 2015.
  2. Semi-finalists were notified by 2 April 2015 and assigned mentors to submit a refined proposal on 30 April 2015.
  3. Up to eighteen finalists were flown to Doha to present their projects at a three-day event from 13 to 15 June 2015.
  4. Six winners will each receive USD20,000 to move closer to bringing their idea to fruition. Winners will have the opportunity to meet with potential investors, receive further support and apply for one of six generous grants to develop their idea to the proof of concept stage.

Find out who the finalists are on the Challenge 22 website.