Challenge Partners play a variety of roles in Challenge 22. They provide input on the challenges, ensuring that each is relevant and meaningful to its target community. They promote the award through their extensive networks of individuals and organisations. They mentor shortlisted candidates, and may provide facilities or other assistance to winners, allowing them to bring their successful ideas to the proof of concept stage.
Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute (QEERI)
Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute is part of Hamad bin Khalifa University, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. As a national research institute, QEERI plays a leading role in addressing the national Energy and Water Security Grand Challenges through research and development (R&D). Aligned with the Qatar National Vision 2030's strategy of transforming the State into a diverse and sustainable knowledge-based economy, QEERI's water R&D programme is developing innovative technologies in water desalination and treatment; water quality and reuse; aquifer recharge; and climate change and atmospheric science. QEERI's energy R&D focuses on solar photovoltaics (PV), energy storage and smart grids.
For more information, visit the Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute website.
Health & Safety
World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH)
The World Innovation Summit for Health is a global healthcare community dedicated to capturing and disseminating the best evidence-based ideas and practices. WISH is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and is under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, its Chairperson.
Through annual summits and a range of ongoing initiatives, WISH is creating a global community of leading innovators in healthcare policy, research and industry.
Together, they are harnessing the power of innovation to overcome the world's most urgent healthcare challenges and inspire other stakeholders to act.
For more information, visit the WISH website.
Mada (Qatar Assistive Technology Center)
Mada, the Qatar Assistive Technology Center, is a non-profit organisation committed to connecting people with disabilities to the world of information and community technology. Founded in 2010, Mada is a subsidiary of the Ministry of Transportation & Communication, and works to improve digital inclusion for people with disabilities in the State of Qatar.
People with visual, hearing, physical and learning disabilities are able to access a wide range of services that facilitate the greater use of technology in different settings. Mada also works with web developers and producers of digital content to create platforms that meet international standards of e-accessibility.
By working with different community stakeholders in the areas of education, employment and independent living, Mada works to build local capacity according to international best practice in each of these areas. The center also conducts several awareness activities throughout the year to highlight the impact of assistive technology in the lives of people with disabilities in Qatar and beyond.
Mada's vision: "All people with a disability in Qatar reaching their full potential through information and communication technology."
Mada's mission: "Unlock the potential of all people with a disability in Qatar by enabling both individuals and their environment through information and communication technology."
For more information, visit the Mada website.
Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA)
Long recognised by the country's leadership as an avenue to further Qatar's development, tourism has been designated a priority sector by the government. Qatar Tourism Authority's mission is to firmly establish Qatar on the global map as a world-class tourism destination with deep cultural roots. In 2014, QTA launched the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy (QNTSS), which seeks to diversify the country's tourism offering and increase the sector's contribution to Qatar's economy by 2030.
QTA works in partnership with public and private stakeholders to achieve this mission by planning, regulating and promoting a sustainable and diverse tourism industry.
As part of its planning efforts, QTA identifies types of tourism products and services that will contribute to the Qatar tourism experience, and works to attract investment for their development.
Regulation efforts involve ensuring tourism sector establishments operate at the highest standards while perpetuating Qatar's culture.
QTA promotes Qatar as a destination around the world, through its destination branding, international representation and participation at trade shows, and by developing a rich calendar of festivals and events. With a growing international presence, QTA's representative offices in London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Singapore, and Riyadh support QTA's promotion efforts.
Since launching QNTSS, Qatar has welcomed over 6 million visitors, and achieved an average annual growth in arrivals of 11.5% between 2010 and 2015. The economic impact of the tourism sector in Qatar is becoming increasingly visible, with 2014 estimates showing a total impact on Qatar's total GDP of 4.1%.
For more information, visit the Qatar Tourism Authority website.
Internet Of Things
Ministry of Transport & Communications
The Ministry of Transport & Communications specialises in organising land and sea transport business, and works to develop and improve transport services, in order to achieve the expansion of economic activity and service the requirements of national development scale. The Ministry is responsible for a wide-ranging mandate that includes: overseeing and developing the information and communications technology sector to make it more vibrant, advanced, and secure to support a diversified economy and benefit all the people of Qatar; introducing ICT plans, policies, programmes, projects and initiatives to foster a competitive environment that is conducive to investments; developing the next generation of infrastructure and then securing and enhancing the efficiency of that infrastructure; and driving innovation well into the future as a change agent for human, social, economic and environmental progress.
The Ministry also performs a critical and far-reaching role in developing e-government programmes and boosting capacity and digital literacy – to foster a technology-friendly environment that introduces innovative approaches to how we communicate, live and work.
The Ministry will continue to mobilise efforts to harness the power of ICT to bring enhancements to the field of transport and every aspect of life in Qatar, building a more thriving economy.
For more information, visit the Ministry of Transport & Communications website.
Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI)
Qatar Computing Research Institute is a national research institute within Hamad bin Khalifa University. As a national research institute, QCRI aims to build Qatar's innovation and technology capacity by focusing on large-scale computing challenges that address national priorities for growth and development, supporting Qatar's transformation from a hydrocarbon-based economy to a knowledge-based economy.
In doing this, QCRI conducts world-class multidisciplinary computing research that is relevant to the needs of Qatar, the wider Arab region, and the world. It performs cutting-edge research in such areas as Arabic language technologies, social computing, data analytics, distributed systems, cyber security and computational science and engineering.
The research conducted at QCRI is aligned with the Qatar National Research Strategy and supports the strategic priorities outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030.
For more information, visit the Qatar Computing Research Institute website.