• The winner, ParkEye – AI based parking system - is a digital solution platform that aims to solve parking issues and has been developed by a team of students from American University in Dubai
  • They also won the People’s Choice Award though a digital voting process during GITEX and the GALA event

Dubai, UAE – An innovation featuring a digital solution with capabilities to solve parking issues through a prototype called ParkEye – an AI based parking system created by a team of students at American University in Dubai has been voted as the undisputed winner of Season 2 of Software AG’s Future Disruptors Award competition – UAE at a gala ceremony recently held in Dubai.  The People’s Choice Award which debuted this year via digital voting through the five days of GITEX and on the spot voting at the gala ceremony was also swept by the same team thereby making them undisputed winners by jury as well as audiences. The evening was graced by Guest of Honor, His Excellency Holger Mahnicke, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Dubai. Distinguished guests from the industry HE Wesam Lootah – CEO Smart Dubai, Mohammad Shael AlSaadi - CEO of the Corporate Strategic Affairs Sector at Dubai Economy, and Matar AlMuhairi – Vice President – DEWA also graced the occasion along with Dr. Moza Suwaidan from Digital Dubai, Mr. Sulaiman Abdulla from TDRA, Mr. Oliver Oehms of German Emirati Joint Business Council – AHK and Mr. Zaid Al Husseini from DMT Abu Dhabi as members of the esteemed jury for this award.

The program is an approach to skill youth for future of work and aims to elevate potential employment opportunities for youth globally. The task this year was to develop new IoT application designs for consumer and industrial capabilities, showcasing potential for IoT deployments for organisations to succeed in their digital transformation efforts, optimize efficiencies and better serve their customers. The prototypes have been created under this year’s theme of ‘Enriching lives, Improving experiences’ and were showcased at the 41st GITEX Global.

The ParkEye project, created by the students at American University in Dubai (AUD) is an AI based smart parking mobile application that allows users to navigate to vacant parking slots by identifying parked slots. The Smart Social Distancing detector by students of RIT University in Dubai enables users to monitor multiple areas and report violations in real time, prioritizing safety across organisations. DigiStay, is one of the other digital creations by students of Middlesex University that empowers hoteliers to provide guests with seamless, real-time and personalized experiences all along the guest journey, including at check-in.

Prior to announcing the winning team at the gala ceremony, Rami Kichli, Vice President, Gulf & Levant, Software AG congratulated all participants and encouraged every member to continue innovating to stand out for striking into unchartered territories and pioneering solutions to become future disruptors.

“The future disruptors program is a way of fostering innovative ideas and developing viable solutions for the industry,” said Rami Kichli, Vice President, Gulf & Levant, Software AG. “With the program in sync with UAE’s vision, we will do our best to continue encouraging youth and their ideas and enable them to act as a force for change in the regional economy. It has been one more wonderful year of students coming together and creating untapped solutions worthwhile for the real world. My heartfelt congratulation and best wishes to the teams on their immense success.”

In its second year, the program encouraged participants to address real-world challenges through IoT, AI and machine learning based innovative models.  The shortlisted finalist teams received IoT training from the industry’s best and funding to build the prototype for presence at GITEX Global. The finalists also have the opportunity to intern at Software AG, Dubai with hands-on experience with projects and career opportunities to eligible interns.

The six-month program featured extensive resources and in-depth training on Software AG’s industry leading Cumulocity IoT platform led by the firm’s technical team. In addition, mentoring sessions through the period from industry experts further nurtured students to unlock their potential.


About Software AG

Software AG is the software pioneer of a truly connected world. Since 1969, it has helped 10,000+ organizations use software to connect people, departments, systems and devices. Software AG empowers truly connected enterprises using integration & APIs, IoT & analytics and business & IT transformation. Software AG’s products establish a fluid flow of data that allows everything and everyone to work together. The company has more than 4,700 employees across more than 70 countries and annual revenue of over €800m, with the aim of exceeding €1bn by 2023.

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About Future Disruptors Award

Future Disruptors Award is an annual program for undergraduate students from across the UAE. The program aims to nurture innovation by bridging the gap between the current developments in the corporate world with increasing expectations of the ‘digitally-native’ workforce and citizens of tomorrow. Participants are encouraged to address real-world challenges through new and emerging technologies such as IoT, AI and machine learning based innovative models. The program empanels advocates of leading organisations in the region as members of the jury who run a rigorous judging process to award the most deserving idea as part of the city’s innovation agenda.

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