Takatof was set up to help young people become more engaged citizens and use their free time productively. It offers meaningful opportunities to volunteer, helping to build confidence, team working skills and networks which can support future employment. Takatof also offers services to corporates to establish employee volunteering programs and helps to promote a culture of volunteering across the UAE.
SANID is an emergency response volunteering program that draws on the strengths of proven international models. It unites volunteers and prepares them to cope with national and international emergencies, thus demonstrating the country’s readiness to manage any crisis situation. The program is offering services to corporates interested in building their own emergency preparedness and government entities seeking to build this skill set nationwide.
Think Science aims to offset the decline in young people studying Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by getting them inspired about the professional opportunities in this space. The program aims to excite youth about the application of science in the modern world, encourage them to pursue their studies in this area and connect them to businesses looking for STEM talent.
Esref Sah promotes financial literacy amongst Emirati youth helping young people to manage their personal finances better. This is done through education about budgeting and saving and also through peer mentors. It also works with the education authorities to embed financial literacy into the national curriculum and with financial institutions to help them better serve their customers.
Kafa’at aims to encourage more youth to join the private sector by helping them become ‘job ready’. It provides leadership skills and knowledge about enterprise and social enterprise through training, mentoring and internships. Through its various modules, the program aims to inspire youth about a career in business and to connect private sector companies to top local talent.
Dawamee aims to enable and empower unemployed youth across the UAE. It supports them in developing a career based on market-driven demand and yet can be accessed remotely or on part time bases. Through the launch of the first specialized on-line portal to provide flexible and remote job opportunities.
The submitted projects should be within the scope of the two main scientific categories and subcategories:
Devices that operate similar to the ways humans think and process information. Systems that provide for increased interaction of people and machines to naturally extend and magnify human expertise, activity, and cognition. Studies that explore the behavior of dynamical systems with inputs and how their behavior is modified by feedback. This includes new theoretical results and the applications of new and established control methods, system modelling, identification and simulation, the analysis and design of control systems (including computer-aided design), and practical implementation. It also includes Machine Learning where construction and/or study of algorithms that can learn from data that is being used.
Object recognition devices, sensing, actuation, and control systems that make decisions based on the available data, including electricity consumption control systems, but excluding systems related to health monitoring, determined ones and transportation. It includes smart screens, smart kitchen, smart carts, smart fridge, smart glasses, smart customers’ satisfaction system, smart pens, smart boards, and smart books.
Safety and status monitoring, multifunctional safety devices, and control systems that make decisions based on the available data for safety applications, but excluding systems related to health monitoring , determined ones, and transportation. It includes fire and smoke detection, drowning and falling detection, gas leakage detection and theft detection, home/office security systems, in addition to cybersecurity, network security systems, and pollution detection & control projects.
Smart Vehicle Developments for safety purposes, Smart Applications related to vehicles’ improvements, any transportation-related smart system that focuses on road/vehicles for safety purposes. Examples: Accidents/crash reporting, driver vital measures, speed control systems, Parking booking, forgotten children, car locks, fining systems, car cooling, traffic lights control and etc.
Designing, manufacturing and maintenance of smart industrial and mechanical systems and operation of machines and tools with industrial use, including eco-friendly devices like air conditioners, smart recycling bins, smart vending/ recycling machines, enhanced and environment friendly printers. It also includes flying bags, grass cutters, animals’ feeding machines, scanners, projectors, smart seats/chairs, modifications on wardrobes and closets, and modifications on stairs.
Any Development on Vehicle’s designs and improvements (design, manufacture, operate, or maintain) excluding Smart Applications. It covers airplanes, cars, trains, and boats designs, including the development of ecofriendly vehicles, drones, aerospace projects, flying cars, tires modification, tanks improvements, car covers and etc). It also includes all Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAV) or drones, and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV).
This category focuses on systems specifically designed to address issues of human health and disease, and tackling those issues by utilizing smart technology, developing different smart systems by the use of data to improve efficiency and outcomes of medical services. It includes smart systems used for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention of disease and other damage to the human body or mental systems, and includes patients’ records and drugs management.
It also includes projects that involve the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes including diagnosis, monitoring and therapy, and development of various diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices. Examples: Cancer detection device, artificial joints, health monitoring devices (blood pressure, sugar level, temperature and etc), smart medicine fridge, systems to detect or support healing of medical disorders.
Any project designed for the benefit of “The Determined Ones”, including Smart or Safety Systems (object recognition devices, sensing, actuation, and control systems that make decisions based on the available data including GPS applications). Examples: Any project designed for the benefit of Blind and Deaf individuals, developments on wheelchairs, applications and games for autistic children, projects that support paralyzed individuals, and individual with Parkinson’s disease.
Includes biochemistry/chemical engineering/air and water chemical purification methods, preservatives, medicines, cosmetics from natural products, enzymes, preservatives, insulators sanitization and disinfection using chemical methods, and applications of environmental chemistry.
The study of the characteristics and uses of various materials with improvements to their design which may add to their advanced engineering performance. Examples are ceramic and Glasses, Composite Materials, Nanomaterials, Hydrophobic Materials, and Polymers.
Magnetics and Electromagnetics, devices that works based on thermoelectric concept (utilizing the difference in temperature to cool or heat, heating/cooling mechanisms), cooling suits and helmets (does not have a smart system) , microscopes, lenses, glasses, wireless charging, chargers, superconductors, air and water purification using physical methods like electromagnetism, sanitization and disinfection using physical methods like waves/ultrasound, and LiFi technology applications.
Studies the structure, function, intracellular pathways, and formation of cells, including Cell Physiology, Cellular Immunology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Neurobiology in addition to the study of micro-organisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, prokaryotes.
This category focuses on studies specifically designed to address issues of human health and disease. It includes studies on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention or epidemiology of disease and other damage to the human body or mental systems (not Smart Systems). It also includes medicinal chemistry/biology/microbiology/genetics projects.
Studying of renewable energy structure and processes related to energy production and efficiency. Examples: Piezoelectricity, Sea waves energy and Hydropower, Mechanical to Electrical Energy, Nuclear Power, Thermal Power, Sound waves power, wind power, speed-breakers, Alternative Fuels (methane, natural gas and etc) , New applications on Solar Energy, Fossil Fuel Energy , Microbial Fuel Cells, Hydrogen Cells, energy from soil and plants, modified and improved solar cells, and the study of materials that convert/store solar energy through chemical changes including photovoltaic material , and Sustainable Home Designs that are ecofriendly in terms of electrical energy production via renewable/alternative energy sources.
It also includes projects studying waste disposal and waste management, recycling, air purification techniques (excluding smart garbage bins and pollution detection systems), and weather stations.
Projects that focus on agriculture science and increase the agricultural efficiency, enable sustainable food production through the use of modern technologies, regulate the domestic consumption of the most important products, increase the production capacity, and enhance the physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life of humans. It also includes Bioremediation and aquaponics agriculture projects, smart irrigation, smart garden, and automated agriculture..etc.
Projects that aim to ensure sustainable access to water during both normal and emergency conditions, reduce total demand for water resources, reduce the water scarcity, reduce average water consumption per capita, increase the reuse of treated water and increase water storage capacity. It also includes all projects that focus on Water Demand Management, the Water Supply Management, and Water Production and Distribution. In addition to water purification techniques, wastewater treatment, desalination projects, collecting water from fog, and modifications on showers and faucets.