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The Innovation 4 Impact Competition has been designed as a global platform for participating entrepreneurs to present their business, products or services to an expert panel, as well as to an audience comprising prominent entrepreneurs, trade visitors and opinion leaders.

Eligibility

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The Innovation 4 Impact competition is open to any company, and to digital entrepreneurs of all faiths. Only business ventures which have an economic and social impact on the Islamic digital economy will be considered.

Potentially disruptive ideas should be from one of the following areas (propositions do not have to be confined to being mobile solutions):

In order to be eligible for Innovation 4 Impact 2016, your business objectives should comply with our criteria.

You must be at least 18 years of age and can be from anywhere in the world.

2016 Judges

Group Chief Executive Officer

Dubai Islamic Bank

Dr. Adnan Chilwan

Chief Executive Officer, Aram TV Media Personality and Activist

Ahmad Alshugairi

Executive Vice President

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Badr Buhannad

Director - Advisory & Asset Management, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

Nida Raza

Dr. Adnan Chilwan

Group Chief Executive Officer

Dubai Islamic Bank

Dr. Adnan Chilwan is a leading authority in the field of Islamic Banking & Finance and credited as a pioneer of change and innovation. With a career spanning nearly two decades at reputed conventional and Islamic banks in the GCC, Adnan currently serves as the Group Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Islamic Bank, the world’s first Shariah-compliant player, and the largest Islamic bank in the UAE.

A respected leader in the industry, Adnan has been recognised by key organisations for his efforts in driving the globalisation of Islamic Finance. He has a number of accolades to his name: Forbes Middle East named him in its list of ‘Top Indian Leaders in the Arab World: Executive Management’ for two years running; he ranked 4th in the Top CEO 2015 Awards; he was named ‘Banking CEO of the Year’ at the prestigious Indian CEO 2014 Awards; he was given the Official Scarf Golden Medallion of ‘Wise Leadership’ at the 2014 Tatweej-Arab Business Awards; GIFA honoured him with the acclaimed ‘Islamic Banker of the Year’ award in 2014.

Adnan holds a PhD and an MBA in Marketing, in addition to being an Associate Fellow Member of the Islamic Finance Professionals Board, a Certified Islamic Banker (CeIB), and a postgraduate in Islamic Banking & Insurance.

Ahmad Alshugairi

Chief Executive Officer, Aram TV Media Personality and Activist

Ahmed Alshugairi is an activist and media figure.  He is best known for his program Khawatir that spanned from 2005 to 2015. His start as a television host was in 2002 through the program “Yalla Shabab” alongside Ahmed El Fishawy and Amr El Qady. He then hosted the television program”Rehla Ma'a Alsheikh Hamza Youssef” in which a group of young men would talk with the American preacher Hamza Youssef. Alshugairi received his Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Badr Buhannad

Executive Vice President

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Badr Buhannad joined DSOA in 2013 as Senior Vice President, Audit & Risk Management. In this role, he has been responsible for establishing an independent and objective Audit & Risk Management Unit. He ensures that the unit functions based on international auditing standards. He is also responsible for the development and achievement of the Risk Based Internal Audit Plan (RBIA) and the implementation of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) within the organisation.

He plays a role in achievement of the organisation’s goals by aligning the Audit & Risk Strategy with organisational goals and also contributing to strategic decisions in DSOA.

Nida Raza

Director - Advisory & Asset Management, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

Nida Raza, a Director Head of Advisory & Asset Management at ICD, is a senior capital markets and investment banker with over 18 years of global investment banking experience. During her career she has led capital markets transactions for over 100 clients helping to raise US$115bn+ in financing. She specializes in origination, structuring and execution of conventional and Islamic capital markets instruments. Nida has worked on several M&A transactions in the FI, Energy & Real Estate Sectors. Most recently she worked within strategy and risk as a consultant for many FIs and family offices in the GCC region helping improve enterprise risk management and overall corporate governance. She holds a first class BSc (Hons) in Physics and Space Science from University College London as well as an MSc in International Securities Investment and Banking from the ISMA Center at the University of Reading in the UK. She is IFQ, Series 7 & 63 qualified as well as a registered FSA general representative.

2016 Finalists

AhelmHealth

Divine Connect

iGrow

Intuition Intelligence, Inc.

Kwn Education

AhelmHealth

AlemHealth connects hospitals in developing countries to a global network of physicians for specialist consultations. The AlemHealth hardware and software platform is specifically designed for low-cost, low-resource environments, while the doctor network raises the quality of care for patients at affordable prices.

Divine Connect

Divine Connect LLC is a pioneering technology company that is seeking to enrich the spiritual journey of individuals through technology, innovation and creativity. For the first time in over 1400 years the Arabic Jumu’ah Khutbah at Masjid Al Haram in Makkah and Masjid Al Nabawi in Madinah are available in multiple languages translated in real time, live and simultaneous with the Divine Connect Translation Receiver.

The real time language translation service that is provided with this product is one of the most technologically advanced systems of its kind and a true marvel in the Islamic world. Current data shows that 70 % of the visitors to Makkah & Madinah do not speak or understand the Arabic language. This technology will greatly benefit those non-Arabic speakers on their visit to the holy sites.

iGrow

iGrow (the Company) is an agri-tech startup that growing organic farm funded by urban people around the world. iGrow is defined by as a platform facilitating urban people to become farmers without any prior knowledge and resources.

iGrow was created in late 2014 in Indonesia by Muhaimin Iqbal, Jim Oklahoma and Andreas Senjaya, with the goal of growing scalable organic farms funded by urban people around the world.

The goal of the company is to connect farmers, landowners, investors and crop buyers together to create a complete farming supply chain. They identify crops with stable demand, prices and prospective characteristics. After that they secure the demand with the customers and look for arable land and farmers to grow such crops. iGrow then raises capital for seeds on its platform from urban people and invests it in the chosen crops and farms. They provide a Farmville experience to investors, so they can see their investment in real time and know that they are growing real and nutritious food.

Intuition Intelligence, Inc.

Intuition Intelligence Inc. using Big Data Creative Analytics has created innovative Brag video platform to make the current Digital-Visual Culture vibrant. Our Video platform predicts the virality of freshly posted content and delivers the relevant viral content to Social Influencers thereby creating Social Tsunami of views.

Our mission is to give the content creators ESP, Enable content creators by providing predictive and prescriptive analytics on their current video content, Spark their imagination by providing them with the topics and themes that will be engaging and become viral. Profit them by partnering their content with appropriate Brands and Companies and by inserting relevant Advertisement on their content. We bring visibility, value and recognition to the content creators.

Our video platform is powered by patented Viral Prediction EngineTM and Super Relevancy EngineTM. Our goal is to transform the Middle East from “Content Consumers” to “Viral Content Creators” that will exponentially increase the value of Islamic Digital Economy.

Kwn Education

An Arabic Platform meant to build and create Digital Entrepreneurs for the Arab World. The name itself ‘Kwn’ is the Arabic word for ‘Create’ or ‘Build’; delivering in its name a call for action to build and create ones future, ones online business, or ones app.

The concept evolved from a recognition of the vast employment and entrepreneurial opportunities that emerged across the digital world and our realization of the minimal leverage Arab youth made in that field. The large number of Arab youth and the increasing rates of unemployment in the Arab region, added to the enormous lack and tremendous need for quality Arabic digital content and service platforms, made the goal of building up digital literacy amongst Arab Youth a key priority.

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