Software AG opens entries from university students to 2021 Future Disruptors Award

The program honors students committed to advancing today's technology and driving innovation

Rami Kichli

Rami Kichli

  • IoT prototypes to be created by students to explore real world solutions under the theme ‘Enriching lives, improving experiences’ 

Dubai: After a successful debut in 2020, Software AG (Frankfurt MDAX: SOW) has launched the second edition of Future Disruptors Award; a program for undergraduate students from UAE Universities. This year students will create and celebrate prototypes under the theme ‘Enriching lives, improving experiences’. The program is intended to spark creativity that delivers cutting-edge and innovative real-world solutions and play an active role in today’s digital world. Recognized projects will give students the opportunity to showcase their solutions at the 41st GITEX Technology Week.

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 IoT, AI and machine learning based innovative models. Anchored by Software AG, the program empanels advocates of leading organisations in the region as members of the jury; the 2020 edition the program empanelled officials from DEWA, Smart Dubai and Du Telecom to name a few. This year as well, this stellar panel of experts will put entries through a rigorous process and reinforce the awards’ innovation agenda.

The program that spans a six-month schedule featuring extensive resources and indepth 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 will further nurture students to unlock their potential. The highlight is its culmination at the 41st GITEX Technology Week in October this year.  Three finalists, chosen by a combination of jury and public voting get an exceptional opportunity provided by Software AG to present their prototype at this coveted event which attracts over 100,000+ visitors from 140+ countries.  shortlisted finalist teams will receive IoT training from the industry’s best, funding to build the prototype, presence at GITEX Technology Week and an enriching internship at Software AG with hands-on experience and projects and career opportunities to eligible interns.

Announcing the program, Rami Kichli – Vice President, Gulf and Levant, Software AG stated, “After the overwhelming response in its first year, we are thrilled to open the Award to all Universities in the country this year under the pre-requisite guidelines. We strongly feel that students are catalysts of a paradigm shift in any industry. This belief has led us at Software AG to create a sustained bridge platform for these students to distinguish them in today’s competitive workforce and rub shoulders with the corporate world. They inspire and dare us to think outside the norm which is the only way to break the corporate glass ceiling for all of us. I look forward to exciting knowledge sharing times ahead with all of them.”

2021 Future Disruptors Award is open for entries till 30th April. For more details or to register, email

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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