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Cash prizes

The most innovative ideas will win USD 15,000 and the opportunity to receive up to USD 100,000 for proof of concept development.

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Global exposure

A chance to showcase your idea in front of a global audience in 2022.

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A remarkable opportunity to network with experts and partners from a wide range of fields.

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Mentoring from leading scientists and researchers in the region.

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Visit to Doha

Travel and accommodation costs covered for the final competition and prize ceremony in Doha, Qatar.

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Business support 

Winners will be offered access to incubation or accelerators from Challenge 22 partners – bringing your idea to life. 

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Sustainability and post-tournament legacy use are at the core of our design strategies for the stadiums and precincts proposed for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.

We sought the most creative and cost-effective ideas; innovations that will lead to more sustainable outcomes in the design, construction and operational stages of our tournament infrastructure delivery.

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Health & safety

Health & safety awareness is embedded in the SC’s corporate culture. We believe that every employee deserves safe, healthy and humane working and living conditions.

For this challenge we looked for ideas that focused on occupational health & safety awareness, or those that enhanced and monitored the health and safety of employees.

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Internet of things

The 2022 FIFA World Cup™ will be the most connected in history.  The challenge was to identify ways the internet of things can provide innovative services that will create a more accessible, safer and better tournament experience.

We asked entrants to focus on at least one of the following areas: journey planning and navigation; crowd control; virtual queues; sport as entertainment; or sport and health.

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Tourism experience

In 2022, fans from around the world will converge on Qatar in a celebration of the beautiful game. It is imperative that we provide our guests with consistently high levels of service, and deliver an amazing experience at every point.

We asked you to create memorable experiences that reflect the best of the region, and contribute to the long-term diversification of the Qatari and regional economies.

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Proposal deadline

12 December 2016 ١٢ ديسمبر ٢٠١٦

The application process for the second cycle of Challenge 22 has now finished, and our judges are in the process of evaluating this year’s entries.

Semi-finalists chosen

24 January 2017 ٢٤ يناير ٢٠١٧

Our panel of experts from various fields are currently reviewing the entries. Check the evaluation criteria for details about how they will assess your submission.

Refinement deadline

7 March 2017 ٧ مارس ٢٠١٧

Semi-finalists will have the opportunity to be mentored by leading scientists and researchers to fine-tune their proposals for the next stage.

Finalists chosen

11 April 2017 ١١ أبريل ٢٠١٧

Applications are narrowed down further, with finalists flown to Doha for business development workshops and to present their projects to our judges.

Final competition

End 2017  |  Doha, Qatar

Finalists will receive two days of pitching workshops followed by live pitching in front of judges on the final day. All finalists will benefit from networking and skills development opportunities during this period. The winners will each take home USD 15,000 in prize money, the chance to apply for a grant of up to USD 100,000 and invaluable contacts and opportunities.