Global Grad Show

Global Grad Show is one of the most coveted global gatherings for university students, academics and thinkers in the fields of technology, science and design committed to the betterment of the world.

Unparalleled in its offerings, the year-round programme promotes a platform of collaboration between university students around the world, giving them the opportunity to connect with peers, audiences and industry experts.

The Show grew from 50 projects from 10 participating universities in its first edition in 2015 to 150 projects from 97 universities hailing from 43 countries in its fourth edition in 2018, the inaugural year of partnership with ICD.

The Global Grad Show is today one of the world’s most diverse annual gatherings of universities, bolstered by Dubai’s prominent position in the fields of innovation and sustainability and as a global incubator of innovative ideas.

Partnership with ICD

The second year of partnership between ICD and Global Grad Show witnessed record participation with more than 1200 applications received from over 200 international institutions – respectively 20% and 100% increase from 2018 – representing 55 nationalities. Four projects originating from ten universities in the UAE were chosen to be showcased, and over 3200 students from 80 local schools visited the exhibition.

2019 also saw Global Grad Show grow its year-round programme into five key components: The Exhibition, the Conference, the Entrepreneurship Programme, the Accelerator Programme and the ICD Progress Prize.

Following the success of last year’s maiden conference, the 2019 conference titled “Innovating for Social Impact” explored the role of universities as catalysts of sustainable development.

The Entrepreneurship Programme delivered two months of online training to aspiring entrepreneurs and selected four proposals for a 3-month Acceleration programme in Dubai.

The ICD Progress Prize 2019 (launched in the first year of partnership between ICD and Global Grad Show), was claimed by Juan Martinez Guerrero and Laura Cragnolini Pottecher’s “Poleno” from Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid. Poleno is a silent drone that supports the restoration of damaged ecosystems by stimulating pollination. The winning project was selected out of six shortlisted projects based on the originality of the idea, its application and potential benefit to the environment.

The ICD Progress Prize is a USD 10,000 annual award dedicated to the next generation of innovators and is highly coveted for its competitiveness and standing. Poleno’s creators will use proceeds from the award to further develop academic research and prepare Poleno for patent filing.

The ICD Progress Prize 2018 went to “Twenty” created by Mirjam de Bruijn.