The Progress Prize
The Progress Prize returns to the Global Grad Show in 2018. It is an international award that celebrates the next generation of design. The Prize is awarded to one Global Grad Show exhibitor each year. The winning project is selected by a jury of design and technology experts, through a transparent and public process of deliberation and debate.
The inaugural Progress Prize was awarded at the 2017 Global Grad Show. During the exhibition, ten finalists are selected from the exhibitors who present their projects to the prize’s panel of judges in an atmosphere similar to a design studio “crit”.
The judge’s panel includes experts in design, media, social entrepreneurship, fundraising, material development, and other industries. The multidisciplinary nature of the jury is intended to reflect the varied assortment of partners necessary to take a project from prototype to market. The judges assess the finalists’ projects according to the following four principles.
Dubai Evolution Challenge
Also taking place for the first time this year will be the Dubai Evolution Challenge, overseen by Tuuli Maria Utrainen from the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). International and UAE based designers will team up to create a future evolution of a everyday objects, activities or services that they discover in Dubai.
Innovation Conference: “Belief in AI”
“Belief in AI”, the inaugural Innovation Conference, takes place on 12 November and is curated by Ben Vickers, CTO of the Serpentine Gallery and Kendrick McDowell, Director of AI at Google. The conference will take a look at the opportunities presented by emerging technologies and creativity combined. It will investigate the role of Artificial Intelligence in the future of creativity, education, art, and spirituality.