WGS 2019: Over 500 submissions to Edge of Government Innovation Awards

DUBAI, 3rd February, 2019 (WAM) — As the innovation landscape continues to change at a frenetic pace, the seventh edition of the World Government Summit, WGS 2019, will raise the bar higher than ever before with its Edge of Government Innovation Award, set to unveil an array of creative solutions proposed by governments from across the globe to complex issues that affect billions of lives.

The 2019 edition of the award has received over 560 entries from 84 countries. Each entry focuses on the positive impact the policy-making initiatives of governments have had on citizens as the key beneficiaries of these initiatives.

The award, an integral part of the event’s annual calendar, aims to acknowledge outstanding examples of government innovation and reinforce the UAE’s status as a global innovation hub, particularly in the government sector.

Government entities from across the continents make up the finalists that will be represented at the three-day summit, set to run from 10th-12th February at Madinat Jumeirah. The winning innovation will be chosen from the exhibits comprising the Edge of Government experience during WGS 2019.

Speaking on this year’s award, Huda Al Hashimi, Assistant Director-General for Strategy and Innovation at the Prime Minister’s Office, said, “In today’s world of rapid change and technological advancement, government-led innovation is more important than ever before. As is evident in the UAE, it is paramount for governments to come up with out-of-the-box solutions to improve people’s lives and change the world for the better. WGS is a global laboratory that examines innovative solutions to today’s issues and forecasts their future impact on human beings.”

A distinguished jury, comprising members of the International Advisory Board of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation, MBRCGI, as well as renowned innovation experts from leading international organisations and the private sector, evaluated the entries based on three criteria: Novelty – degree of newness and uniqueness associated with the innovation; Replicability – the innovation’s potential for replication in other countries and regions; Impact – magnitude and scope of government improvement attributable to the innovation.

Furthermore, the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation, a flagship initiative of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development , has partnered with MBRCGI to conduct a global review of the ways in which governments are transforming their operations and improving the lives of their citizens through innovation.

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