21-22 NOVEMBER 2016

The Ministry of Finance Festival of Innovation is a two-day event that brings the whole innovation ecosystem together and promotes cross-sector collaboration. The festival is part of UAE Innovation Week, which is a nationwide celebration that aims to promote and foster the spirit of innovation and creativity among all UAE nationals and expats so that together we can establish the country as a global hub for innovation. The festival will include a variety of activities targeting all players in the innovation ecosystem. It will host workshops, seminars, innovation challenges, networking events, a hackathon and more.

List of Activities
Little Innovators Workshop

Bring your kids to participate in the Little Innovators Robotics Workshop with Junkbot. Join others in 2.5-hours of teamwork, creativity, robotics and junk! Children ages 8-12 welcome!

Innovation Expo

Key players in the innovation ecosystem will be displaying their innovations and their support for innovation through interactive booths.

x-Innovation Challenge

Are you an innovator? Are you interested in Sustainability, Education or Health? If so check out the x-Innovation Challenge for a chance to win USD 10,000! The finalists will attend the Festival to present their innovations to a panel of judges. Please click here to register.

Innovation Talks

We have an engaging list of speakers and world-renowned experts in the field of Innovation who will be present to discuss the future of innovation. Please check agenda of the day. Please click here for Bios of the Speakers

Innovation Connect

Witness live pitches and network with some of the most innovative startups, locally, regionally and internationally. Please click here for more details

Crash Courses

Want to learn some memory tricks to remember everyone’s name in your next networking event? Interested in learning the latest trends in Fintech, the Internet of Things and Ed Tech? Have a brilliant business idea, and want to learn how to turn into then next big success story? We will have experienced entrepreneurs, specialists and coaches provide 15-minute crash courses on the latest business and industry trends and trick. Please click here for list of courses.

"Hack your way to smart cities"

Join us for a 36-hour journey of teamwork, problem solving and programming! The Ministry of Finance 2016 Hackathon is organized by Microsoft and is open to all university students in the UAE. If you are interested in participating, Please click here to register.


11 am to 8 pm
The Annex


11 am to 8 pm
The Annex