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Another day, another effort by the UAE government to encourage startups and innovators reach their full potential with intensive-driven challenges. Buckle up for the forthcoming edition of the GovHack Series – a startup competition to be simultaneously held in eight major international cities. The name says it all, the competition is a part of the GovTech Prize, an initiative launched by the UAE government six years ago.

The GovTech Prize runs throughout the year, every year, in search of the best technological solutions developed by innovative individuals and governments. The most talented innovators are awarded at the World Government Summit.

The competition this year will kick off in May and continue through December 2018. The global cities chosen for this round include: New Delhi, Berlin, Cairo, London, Tokyo, Jakarta, Santiago, and Washington DC.

“The objective is to motivate young minds, students and government employees from around the world to develop smart government initiatives, and propose technological solutions to address the most pressing global challenges. The Prize also propels the most innovative of these ideas to an international stage, presenting them at the World Government Summit,” said H.E. Mohammad Bin Taliah, assistant director-general for Government Services Sector and assistant director-general for Corporate Services Sector at the Prime Minister’s Office in the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future.

The UAE government organizes the GovTech Prize in association with Area 2071 (Dubai); the World Government Summit; Washington-based startup networking platform Union; and multinational business and government consultant McKinsey and Company.