QF to recognise innovators, inventors at virtual event
September 26 2020 09:52 PM
Dr Richard O'Kennedy
Dr Richard O'Kennedy

As Qatar Foundation marks its 25th year, its commitment to nurturing innovation will be celebrated on October 7 and 8 by Qatar Foundation Research, Development and Innovation (QF RDI) at a virtual event titled 'Empowering Innovation'.
An award ceremony and an innovation showcase will be part of the event, and will be held across the two afternoons, commencing at 4pm each day. This event is open to the public and the registration, through qfrdilive.com, will remain open until October 7.
A key component of the event will focus on the celebration of around 80 international patents that have been granted to QF in recent years.
“Under normal circumstances, the event would have been very different, but these unprecedented times call for extraordinary arrangements, which further proves our ability to continue adapting and thriving through challenging times,” said Dr Richard O’ Kennedy, vice-president of QF RDI and VP for Research, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, a member of QF.
“We are very much looking forward to this celebration, where we will all be able to appreciate and applaud the collective efforts of our innovators and inventors who are working towards making the world a better place.”
Qatar’s inventors, scientists and researchers, stakeholders, local startups, small- and medium-sized enterprises, international and local corporations, and QF innovation partners are among those who will be attending the event. The awards to be presented will be Creator of the Year, Innovation of the Year, Inventor of the Year and Key Contributor Awards.
The event will highlight QF’s innovation ecosystem – one that nurtures the transformative ideas of Qatar’s innovators to deliver solutions that address national priorities, benefit society, and have global impact, a press statement notes.
Over the past 20 years, Qatar’s research, development and innovation (RDI) culture and infrastructure have grown through investment, nurturing talent, and creating partnerships, and now to align with the nation’s ambition, QF’s RDI focus is turning to implementation and impact – impact that contributes to Qatar becoming one of the world’s most advanced innovation economies.



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