Abu Dhabi, UAE: Under the patronage of Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, Minister of Education, the Etisalat BT Innovation Center (EBTIC), which was established in partnership with Khalifa University, has opend a “bootcamp” for young innovators, at the University’s Abu Dhabi campus.
The three-day Innovation and Entrepreneurship “Bootcamp” seeks to provide students interested in seeking careers in science and technology with essential information about the innovation process, business development, commercialisation skills, entrepreneurship and intellectual property (IP) issues.
The “bootcamp” programme was created by BT in Ireland and comes to the UAE from Dublin where it was running successfully as the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp for the past six years.
Some 36 promising school students and high achieving Emirati youths with an interest in invention, science and technology were chosen to attend the camp and learn how to turn fledgling ideas into viable propositions.
Students will immerse themselves in lectures, workshops and hands-on learning and training experiences during the course of the “bootcamp,” in addition to having the opportunity to meet with EBTIC’s own team of researchers, innovators and scientists. The “bootcamp” was designed to support the initiatives outlined in the UAE’s recently launched National Innovation Strategy, which aims to make the UAE one of the world’s most innovative countries.
The “bootcamp” is being conducted in collaboration with Khalifa University, BT and the University College of Dublin (UCD Dublin), and, with educational partnership from the UAE Ministry of Education, the Abu Dhabi Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET), Institute of Applied Technology (IAT), Applied Technical High Schools (ATHS) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) UAE section. The event also boasts several notable sponsors, including the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and ICT Fund who are platinum sponsors, gold sponsors Emirates Advanced Investments and the Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC), and silver sponsor Yahsat.
© Emirates News Agency (WAM) 2015.
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