American University in Dubai secures first place in Future Disruptors Program 2023 by Software AG.
09 November 2023, 12:00 AM
31 December 2023, 12:00 AM
The American University in Dubai (AUD) emerged as the winner in Software AG’s (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW) Future Disruptors Program’s 2023 edition for UAE with their project, ‘A.G.A.T.E – Charting Mines, Shaping Futures, Saving Lives.’ The innovation promises to enhance mine safety by providing autonomous mapping, air quality monitoring, and emergency guidance for miners.
Now in its fourth edition, the Future Disruptors Program is an annual university competition hosted by Software AG to promote ingenious solutions for sustainable urban living. AUD’s project, ‘A.G.A.T.E,’ outperformed a total of 12xx entries and among the three finalists universities showcased during GITEX Global across the UAE.
The gala event, where AUD was declared the winner, was graced by notable guests and respected jury members. The jury included esteemed government officials and experts from the technology and innovation sector, representing organizations that included Digital Dubai, Ministry of Education-UAE, Ministry of Community Development–UAE, DEWA, and du Telecom.
The winning project introduces an Autonomous Safety Navigator, a robotic system designed to map underground mines and regularly monitor air quality to ensure worker health and safety. In emergencies, A.G.A.T.E serves as a guide for miners to reach safety.
As recipients of Software AG’s Future Disruptors Program top honor, AUD’s A.G.A.T.E has earned an internship opportunity at a Software AG office in the Middle East. This accomplishment highlights AUD’s dedication to fostering the upcoming wave of innovators. It emphasizes the pivotal role of technology in advancing mine safety, aligning with initiatives like the Future Disruptors Program.
The 2024 edition/chapter for UAE opens in April 2024, offering university students a platform to showcase their innovative solutions.