US start-up wins Dubai competition
UAE, September 4, 2014
Birdi, a start-up company from the US, was declared the winner of the recently concluded competition of ‘Smart Living City (SLC) – Dubai 2014,’ besting 15 other finalists from the US, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
As the winner of the startup challenge, the company will be given a prime exhibition space at ‘SLC-Dubai 2014,’ being held from September 15 to 16 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, as well as plane tickets to Dubai and free accommodation in the emirate for its delegates. The total prizes are worth $30,000.
During the final round that took place recently, the team members from Birdi presented their proposal before an international panel of judges. The winner was revealed after tallying the scores and considering the comments from the jury. Birdi is known for its Smart Air Monitor, a WiFi-connected device used to track air quality to detect indoor air pollution, fire, high carbon monoxide levels, among others.
Masood Al Awar, CEO, Tasweek real estate development and marketing, said: “We would like to extend our congratulations to Birdi and its team members. The winning company will surely enjoy many privileges. Aside from free exhibition space, accommodation and plane tickets, Birdi will also receive a high-level exposure to enable it to fully market its products and services to SLC’s visitors. The exposure will surely bolster the winner’s business and expand its network.”
With 10 entries, US companies led the 16 finalists in this year’s competition. During the first round of the challenge, all participants were required to submit the most innovative proposal to transform Dubai into a smarter city.
The event is the first of its kind in the region that brings top company executives, high-ranking public officials, academic speakers and startups together with a high-rated audience of decision makers, mentors and incubators. The initiative includes providing co-working spaces for startups modeled after successful accelerators in Silicon Valley or Singapore where knowledge sharing happens and seed financing is readily available, with the ultimate goal of putting ideas into products and services. – TradeArabia News Service