HCT Explores Innovation Opportunities In Strategic Sectors at Inaugural InnCuVation Forum As Part of UAE Innovates 2021 Week
The inaugural four-day HCT InnCuVation Forum 2021 is the institution’s feature of the Higher Colleges of Technology’s innovation week activities at its 16 campus, as part of the "UAE Innovates 2021", which is held across the UAE from February 21-27.
UAE Innovates is a nation-wide event to create a culture of innovation and make it part of the thinking, work and objectives of institutions and individuals. The online InnCuVation Forum will be held from February 21-24, 2021, and will highlight the role of innovation in strategic sectors in the UAE, including health, education, digital technology, sustainability and entrepreneurship.
The HCT campuses will host a wide range of virtual and on-campus activities during the innovation week, including 53 events to showcase student startup projects, 12 competitions for innovative ideas and solutions, as well as 14 exhibitions and 66 workshops on innovation and entrepreneurship.
HE Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President & CEO, said: “The "UAE Innovates 2021" week is an important annual event, and it is of particular significance this year, because it is taking place while the whole world is facing the challenge of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”
“This affirms that the UAE continues its steps towards recovery and proves its ability to excel and turn crises into achievements, especially as we have recently celebrated the arrival of the UAE to Mars by launching the Hope Probe. That historic milestone marks a new stage in the history of the UAE and Arab achievements, and also a new stage in scientific discoveries and space-related research,” he added.
“All this happened while the UAE is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and starting new 50 years, based on its belief in human beings and their energies and capability to achieve the impossible through willpower and determination,” he said.
Dr Al Shamsi indicated that the achievements of the UAE today would be a source of inspiration for the youth and future generations to build their future with science, knowledge, innovation and creativity.
Dr. Al Shamsi added that the COVID-19 pandemic proved that proactivity, readiness, innovation, and agility are the foundations, not only for achieving excellence at work, but also for facing challenges and changes.
“During the “UAE Innovates” Week this year, we focus on the youth and shed light on their abilities to innovate and establish their own companies through the HCT InnCuVation Spaces, and also highlight the importance of innovative ideas and technological capabilities of the youth in facing any crisis,” he said.
Dr Al Shamsi noted this is in addition to focusing on the vital sectors for the future, to which HCT seeks to attract students, the importance of which is vital for enhancing the security, safety and health of peoples during the COVID-19 crisis.