The 2018 edition of the Dubai Science Festival takes place from Sept. 23 - Oct. 10 in partnership with AREA 2071. SciFest Dubai’s knowledge partners include Dubai’s KHDA and the UK National Space Academy.

 

The chief guest is Dr Abdullah Al Karam, Director General of Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority. 

 

The theme of this year’s festival is Emerging Technologies and the festival takes at various schools, universities, and science venues in the city.

 

The aim is to celebrate science through the arts and promote scientific literacy and STEAM education. The 2018 edition of SciFest Dubai is presented in partnership with Awecademy - a future-focussed educational organization based out of Toronto, Canada, that is disrupting traditional high school curricula and inspiring students to bring about civilisation-level change. Through an online platform and off-line programs, Awecademy future-proofs high school students, educators, and industry leaders with new smarts and critical survival skills by combining innovative curricula with machine learning, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology.

 

Click here for the 2018 schedule of events .

Registration

Click here for the full programme of events.

 

Please contact info@scifestdubai.com for details of school incursions

 

See below for a few highlights of this year's festival

 

Opening Ceremony | Monday 24th September 2018 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
Emerging Technologies: The Future of Work, Education & Humanity

We are living through a remarkable time in human history. Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Robotics and 3D Printing are advancing at an exponential rate. These emerging powerful tools are creating a future where we have access to an abundance of resources, live on Mars, or even upload our consciousness into machines. But are we prepared to live in such a world? This series of talks will provide our youth with an overview of the future of work, education and humanity as a whole.  

 

 

Click here for full programme of events and to register.

Keynote 1: Abdullah Al Karam
The Future of Education
Keynote 2: Paul Epping
The Technological Singularity
Keynote 3: Raya Bidshahri
A.i., Automation, and the Future of Work
Keynote 4
The Future of Dubai
Keynote 4: Mikolaj Zielinski
The Future of Space Exploration
Keynote 6: Rohan Roberts
A.i. and Futureproofing the youth
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Workshops | 23-Sept. - 9 Oct. |  Emerging Technologies: The Future of Work, Education & Humanity
 
Secondary School Workshops | Ages 13-16
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Job & Skills of The Future
There are many trends, such as technological automation and the rise of the contingent workforce, that are revolutionizing the future of the work. What is the impact that technology will have on our careers? What jobs will be lost and which ones will be created? What are some of the most exciting emerging industries? This workshop will explore these questions - and many more - with the goal of preparing learners for the workforce of the future.
Intro to Exponential Technologies
Exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, virtual reality, biotechnology, and digital medicine are a major source innovation, invention, and discovery. Breakthroughs in this area have the potential to positively affect billions of lives. This workshop will explore the impact of emerging technologies on the way we live and work
Future of Work: A.I. & Automation
We’ve all read the headlines: the robots are coming, and they will take our jobs. But the reality is more nuanced. Exponential growth in technology will disrupt entire industries but also create new ones. Many experts are asking the big questions: what jobs will be replaced by technology? Which ones will remain? How many will be created? This workshop will provide an introduction to the different effects of technological automation on the
Tech for Good: Global Challenges
Emerging technologies are providing us with powerful tools to tackle global challenges and contribute to human progress. How can we use exponential technologies - such as AI or Robotics - to end poverty, increase access to resources or create more sustainable sources of energy? This module will explore some of the ways innovators are using technology to have a positive impact on the world and inspire youth to follow their lead.
Future of Education
Technology is already transforming the way we teach and
learn. Digital classrooms, global online collaborations, and
personalized learning are just the beginning. What will
these technological trends in EdTech lead to? What will
the word “education” even mean 30 years from now? This
workshop will provide learners an overview of the
technological trends that are revolutionizing the educational sector.
Future of Education
Future of Education, the Contingent Workforce & the Gig Economy. Technology is already transforming the way we teach and learn. Digital classrooms, global online collaborations, and personalized learning are just the beginning. What will these technological trends in EdTech lead to? What will the word “education” even mean 30 years from now? This workshops will provide learners an overview of the technology trends that are revolutionizing the future of education.
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Workshops | 23-Sept. - 9 Oct. |  Emerging Technologies: The Future of Work, Education & Humanity
 
Primary School Workshops | Ages 10-12
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Introduction to AI
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an exponentially growing technology that will revolutionize entire industries. AI is expected to have an impact on all major fields including big data, healthcare, education, security and much more. In order to be prepared for the future, we need to understand what AI is and what its applications are. This workshop provides an overview of different types of AI, industry trends and future predictions by experts in the field.
Cosmic Citizenship
What does it mean to be a Cosmic Citizen? At its core, the cosmic perspective is about zooming out & seeing the big picture. It involves acknowledging our place in the cosmos & stepping back to contemplate our purpose in the grand scheme of things. Learners who complete this workshop will leave with a better understanding of our place in the universe & how they can contribute to the future of our species. We will explore the rights & responsibilities of cosmic citizens and & its importance.
Introduction to Millennium Goals
The United Nations Millennium Declaration, signed in September 2000 commits world leaders to combat poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, discrimination against women amongst many more global challenges. How can students contribute to meeting the Millenium goals? This module will provide young minds with the skills, mindsets and values to tackle the Millenium Goals.
Emerging Technologies
Exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, virtual reality, biotechnology, and digital medicine are a major source innovation, invention, and discovery. Breakthroughs in this area have the potential to positively affect billions of lives. This workshop will explore the impact of emerging technologies on the way we live and work.
Future Fluencies & 21C Skills
We live in a world of accelerating change. New industries are constantly being born and old ones are becoming obsolete. A report by the World Economic Forum reveals that almost 65 percent of the jobs elementary school students will be doing in the future do not even exist yet. Both the workforce and our knowledge base are rapidly evolving. What are the skills future generations will need? This workshops will give an overview of the critical survival skills that our youth will need.
Moonshot Thinking
Contributing to human progress in a meaningful way requires certain mindsets and ways of thinking. Moonshot Thinking is one of those mindsets. Instead of looking to make a 10 percent gain or improvement in a current product or idea, moonshot thinking involves aiming for a 10x improvement of the status quo. This workshops will explore what Moonshot Thinking is, examples of notable moonshots and more importantly, how we can all adopt the mindset.
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Registration

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Keynote 4

The Future of Dubai