Call for Projects for Global Competition: Prototypes for Humanity

Prototypes for Humanity have a call for projects for their annual award for innovative ideas with the potential to benefit people, the planet and society. 

You can apply with projects in any discipline, at any development stage – from concept to working solution – as long as it is an innovation creating positive impact for society or the planet. The project can be technologically advanced or very simple, large scale or aimed at helping a small community.

Benefits include:

  • An invitation to Dubai for students and professors of selected projects
  • Prize fund of $100,000
  • Global publicity
  • Investment opportunities
  • Venture-building Programme for all applicants
  • Collaboration Programme for all professors

Applications are open to students and recent graduates of any undergraduate or postgraduate course are welcome to apply. Graduates who gained their qualification no more than two years ago are also eligible to participate. Applications can be submitted either by the student/graduate, or, by the project supervising professor on behalf of the student/graduate. Read the Entry Guide (PDF) and apply by 4 August 2024.

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Maral Bayaara receiving the Prototypes for Humanity award

Maral Bayaara receiving the Prototypes for Humanity award (c) Prototypes for Humanity

Oxford DPhil Maral Bayaraa won the award in 2023

A project led by Oxford Engineering DPhil student Maral Bayaraa (Wadham, 2020), won the Prototypes for Humanity Award in 2023, which was announced at the COP28 Climate Change Conference. Maral’s project, Digital Twins 4 Tailings Dams, is a satellite-based early warning system that can prevent disasters in mines. The project won in the category for Data science and AI-enabled solutions. 

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