Advanced wearables for access control and visitor interaction
IDENTIGY Technology L.L.C. (UAE)
The Museum of the Future is a unique incubator for futuristic innovation and design, currently under construction in Dubai, UAE.
Opening in 2019, the Museum of the Future builds on over 5 years of temporary immersive exhibitions held at the World Government Summit. These pop-ups led to the conception of the Dubai Future Foundation and the permanent Museum of the Future, set to become the world's largest and most exciting home to tomorrow's trends and opportunities.
The Museum of the Future Accelerator is a four-week program pairing the world’s most exciting technology companies with the Museum of the Future team. The Accelerator program is hosted under the umbrella of Dubai Future Accelerators, part of the Dubai Future Foundation’s platforms. The program is divided into three challenges: Advanced Wearables, AI Guides and Social Companions, and VR/AR Virtual Experiences. 15 companies have been selected to develop and pitch their visitor interaction technologies to enrich the visiting experience of The Museum of the Future. Winners will be selected to develop technology for the museum’s launch in 2019.
IDENTIGY Technology L.L.C. (UAE)
Art Processors (Australia)
Unified Inbox (Russia)
Digital Communication LLC (UAE)
HTC VIVE (Taiwan)
Companies meet one another and representatives from the Museum of the Future and the Dubai Future Foundation during an opening briefing. The companies learn more about the program during this orientation and the aims and goals of the accelerator. Representatives from the Museum of the Future introduce companies to key personnel within the Museum and provide a tour of the site. The representatives and the companies begin brainstorming ideas and developing draft proposals for presentation and review at the end of Stage 1.
Companies begin developing their proposals further based on Museum feedback. These proposals for the final pilot project will be developed over a series of 3 weeks through check-ins with the Museum of the Future representatives at the Dubai Future Accelerators area. Museum representatives will provide constructive feedback to the companies during the 3 weeks, and both will then work together to iterate and improve the proposal, discussing and negotiating scope and cost. The Museum will ensure the companies have access to relevant expertise and data in order to begin fully developing their proposals.
Having jointly discussed and developed pilot project proposals, companies pitch their final proposal to representatives from the Museum of the Future and the dubai future Foundation. Museum representatives agree or decline to proceed with an MOU (or commercial agreement) with the companies based on their proposed pilots.
Museum representatives work together to finalize a contract and begin creating their proposals.
An economy return flight to and from your home country
Accommodation in Dubai for the full 6 weeks
Working space in Jumeirah Emirates Towers in the Dubai Future Accelerators area
Meetings with the Museum of the Future management and creative teams
Proposal development support
The Museum of the Future Accelerator will also cover the cost of visa applications and the visa cost itself for each full-time participant.
IP and equity remain with the company, other than any specific arrangement made in a contract signed with the Museum of the Future at the end of the accelerator. Those arrangements will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Our cohort starts on July 1st 2018 and ends on August 9th 2018. The deadline to submit applications for this cohort is on May 30th, 11:59pm GMT+4.
While we consider applicants on a case-by-case basis, companies should have already built and launched their core technology, and be able to demonstrate traction and/or substantial use cases. While we encourage companies to approach the program with an open mind and the desire to develop new technologies, the program is not open to early-stage startups that are still at the ideation stage.
From experience, the program is best suited to technology companies that have raised Seed or Series-A, or employ a number of staff beyond the core founding team.
We need a commitment from 2 to 3 participants to attend full-time for the duration of the 6-week cohort. Business development, project management and the ability to rapidly prototype ideas are key skills required. Furthermore, we require a senior decision maker to be a part of this team as it is an intense program and key decisions will have to be made instantaneously. This ensures that you are in a position to make the best out of the program.
For participants committing to the full program, the Museum of the Future Accelerator will provide an economy return flight to and from your home country, plus accommodation in Dubai for the full 6 weeks. We will also cover the cost of visa applications for each full-time participant. If you’re based in the UAE but not in Dubai, we may be able to cover accommodation for full-time participants, but this is subject to availability.
The Museum of the Future Accelerator is a unique opportunity for technology companies to gain unparalleled access to the staff, resources and expertise behind the Museum of the Future.
This isn’t an accelerator in the traditional sense - we won’t teach you how to write a business plan or build an MVP; what we are accelerating is the creation of technology that solves a challenge the Museum of the Future faces. Instead of taking months to access relevant stakeholders, expect to develop a positive relationship with the government of Dubai in weeks.
The aim of the program is to provide a dynamic environment where companies and entities can explore new opportunities to deliver transformative technologies and services, culminating in companies receiving a MOU (or other commercial agreement) to deliver a funded pilot project after the program ends.
We will not cover the costs of part-time participants; however, they are more than welcome to be a part of the program so as long as your company incurs the costs.
Since participants will likely be working away from their regular place of work, companies should look to cover living expenses and any other travel costs incurred while attending the program.
Companies must arrange comprehensive medical insurance for all participants - this is a strict condition of attendance, and participants may be asked for proof of cover before traveling to the program.
Finally, every participating company will be required to demonstrate its core technologies in the early weeks of the program. This means that a hardware company should bring some form of their hardware with so it can be tested. If your product is software, participants should be able to not only demonstrate it, but explain it in technical detail.
Since 2014, the Museum of the Future has held temporary annual multi-sensory exhibitions at the World Government Summit in Dubai. These exhibitions focused on the role of future technology in different sectors such as future technology-enabled government services, healthcare, climate change and food security.
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