Prototypes for Humanity 2023

This year's edition is a celebration of academic excellence, held at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), including an exhibition of 100 future-looking solutions alongside a programme connecting key stakeholders from the impact agenda.

2023 Programme

$100,000 in prizes, awarded to one project in each of these categories:

  • Showcase

    100 of the top global innovations are selected and invited to our international exhibition at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

  • Prizes

    $100,000 in prizes are awarded to 4 teams across different thematic categories to support students and professors in their research.

  • Entrepreneurship Programme

    All applicants are invited to take part in the multi-phased entrepreneurship programme, developed by an international team of experts, and dedicated to graduates who want to take their projects to market.

  • Knowledge Exchange 

    Professors and students working towards similar goals are invited to connect and share their work in collaborative forums.

  • Media Coverage

    Projects are promoted through a global media campaign. (See press coverage)

  • Digital Showcase

    Each project is featured in the Prototypes for Humanity digital exhibition that year and stays in our archives. (See example)

Selection Criteria

Projects are chosen based on:

  • Originality in problem solving
  • Positive impact on people, communities, or the planet
  • Application of (high or low) tech or innovative methods