Prototypes for Humanity Awards

Celebrating the next generation of innovators


The Prototypes for Humanity Awards celebrate the next generation of innovators and their commitment to finding solutions for social and environmental issues.

Since 2017 prizes have been presented to outstanding participants from the showcase each year, awarded to academic innovators that use problem-solving to address challenges of global proportions. An independent jury selects recipients based on originality, social impact, and applicability, enabling them to further develop this project.

Prototypes for Humanity Awards 2022

During the exhibition, 100 innovative projects highlighted key areas of interest for international students across all science and creative disciplines, including very topical subjects like energy and emergency relief, alongside ever-evolving challenges such as food production and access to healthcare.

On Monday 15th November, HH Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed, along with DIFC Governor HE Essa Kazim, announced the recipients of the ‘Prototypes for Humanity Award’, which offers prizes worth $100,000. The Award, which aims to champion academic excellence in critical areas for sustainable development, recognises four projects which each receive $25,000 for their outstanding work in the fields of Environment, Health, Society, and Corporate Solutions. The 2022 winners were:

  • Environment

    Aerostat, a smart helium-filled balloon for early forest fire detection

    By Merve Kalan. Middle East Technical University, Turkey

  • Society

    AkoFresh, a solar-powered cold storage solution reducing post-harvest loss

    By Mathias Charles Yabe, Dhruvika Sosa and Arina Machine. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

  • Health

    FormaCyte, a revolutionary Implant for type 1 diabetes management

    By Nam Tran, Chi Pham and Chen Yang. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • Corporate solutions

    Carbon Capture Battery, a solution to generate energy whilst capturing carbon

    By Mohammad Saghafifar and Seyed Mojtaba Hashemi. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom