Innovation Labs

Given the importance of innovation labs in developing government action and in the interest of providing the most appropriate means of brainstorming and innovation, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation periodically organizes Government Innovation Labs. These consist of specialized, interactive sessions and workshops that use innovative methods and tools to inspire innovative ideas and find solutions to the challenges that face government entities. This is achieved by bringing together all stakeholders to discuss government challenges and find innovative solutions.

The lab is a method to accelerate decision making and kick-start implementation of solutions to the challenges discussed. A practical methodology enriched with intensive activities, discussions, and open dialogues is applied which provides participants with the opportunity to focus on possible solutions instead of problems.

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  • In an effort to develop government services, face field challenges and contribute to increasing the efficiency of government administrative work, the Government Innovation Lab was organized during the Cabinet Retreat that was held at Sir Bani Yas Island. This Lab aimed at putting forward and discussing innovative ideas with all of the Cabinet Members, specialists, decision-makers and employees working within the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education to find immediate and innovative solutions to many of the challenges facing the two sectors.

  • With the aim of achieving the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021 and in an effort to improve environmental performance and sustainability, the Ministry of Environment and Water organized its first Government Innovation Lab on the 15th of October 2014 in order to find innovative initiatives and develop a comprehensive and integrated national strategy to preserve the environment and improve the quality of life in the UAE. The Lab brought 40 participants together and succeeded in developing 8 environmental programs to accelerate the implementation of the National Agenda, primarily focusing on waste management, air quality and biological diversity in the UAE.

  • In line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to promote cooperation between the government and the private sectors to improve the health sector, the Ministry of Health organized the Government Innovation Lab to enhance cooperation between the government and private sectors, establish a high-quality health organization, and provide the best medical services to ensure safety among citizens and all members of society. This Lab, which involved between 140 and 180 participants, contributed to proposing 12 general initiatives, emphasizing the UAE’s utmost interest in the citizens’ health.

  • Based on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, that defines social development as a main pillar in the comprehensive development process, the Ministry of Social Affairs organized a Government Innovation Lab to discuss and develop appropriate solutions to major challenges faced by the social affairs sector. Social development can be achieved through the involvement of different society segments, including federal, local, private and civil organizations. Fifty participants attended this Lab and succeeded in proposing 18 initiatives and one program to enhance social cohesion and improve the quality of life of all society segments.

  • In collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation organized the “Our Youth Innovates” lab on the 11th of February 2015 as part of a series of seminars. The Ministry, as well as officials from the Khalifa Fund and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders invited 25 youth participants to take part in this Laboratory that lasted for half a day and hosted Param Jaggi, CEO of Ecoviate, a research and development institution. During a brainstorming session, National Agenda themes and innovation strategies matters were tackled in order to develop new projects that can enhance the innovative spirit among youth and inspire them to take the lead in achieving the National Agenda’s objectives.

  • In cooperation with the Dubai Women Establishment, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation organized the “Gender Balance in Governments” Lab on the 11th of February 2015. This Lab was hosted as a private session under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Women Establishment. Thirty participants, including a group of international experts participating in the Government Summit, as well as senior officials and decision-makers, attended the session. An opening remark was given by Susan Colantuono, CEO and founder of “Leading Women”, one of the world’s premier consulting firms in the gender equality field, this Lab aimed at discussing global trends and policies that are related to the provision of equal opportunities and achievement of gender equality within governments. Furthermore, the session touched on the cultural barriers, as well as policies and systems supporting the creation of a balance between the professional and family lives. It also highlighted the need to support women in leadership positions to bridge the gap between the two genders.