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The AI Track

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) track focuses on developing innovative solutions that leverage AI technologies to solve real problems.

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AI Challenge

Lack of smart access control systems in apartment buildings in the UAE

Challenge Mission:

As the UAE embraces technological innovations in real estate and property management (proptech), the integration of smart home security systems has become essential for ensuring safety and convenience for homeowners. While the UAE is very safe and is applauded for their safety, this challenge is focused on creating ease of use for tenants and owners association, while making properties smarter.

Participants are encouraged to explore the synergy between proptech and home security, proposing features or enhancements that enhance user experience, address specific property-related challenges, and uphold the UAE's vision of a technologically empowered society.

The aim of this challenge is to enable tenants to easily monitor their homes through their phones, allow their guests into their apartment complexes with a click of a button, allow owners association to manage property security & tenants.

This is a hardware challenge where participants have to build a smart phone/tab with safety features for properties.

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The Challenger:

Yopo is a PropTech company that looks to revolutionize security systems in UAE


  • Cash Prize AED 10,000
  • Possible Job opportunity

Build a fully integrated 10-inch Android video phone/tab, with the below listed features that will enhance the user experience & increase safety for tenants in apartment buildings in the UAE.

The device needs to be sleek, and will be used as an intercom system that is connected with an app to open & close doors, connect to tenant’s and security’s phones to allow access to guests & delivery persons.

The device must have the following features

  • Facial Recognition
  • QR code/Access card reader (RFID)
  • Speaker system for intercom-type calling
  • Android Os for third party customization
  • USB connector
  • POE injector (Power of ethernet)

Product Specifics:

Screen Size: 10’

Submission Method:

  • Shortlist : Submit a 3 minute video of displaying that the device works and demonstrate all listed features, in under 3 minutes. The device must be able to open a remote door with facial recognition & access card using RFID
  • Finale : An in-person demo of the hardware product with the features

What the video must have:

  • Short introduction about the team
  • Actual Product showcase
  • Features Showcase

The Challenge:

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If You're applying as an Single Individual

  • If you're registering as an single individual, you are encouraged to form your own team during the duration of MIC of not less than 3 people by taking advantage of the networking events & the Discord community

If You're applying as an existing startup, SME or Team

  • All participants must be above 15 years of age
  • All participants must be residing in the MENA region
  • If your team is selected in the shortlist to pitch, you must be physically present at the venue

Application Criteria

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Who can participate in The Maverick Innovation Challenge?

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Software Developers

Do you have experience in developing mind-blowing technology? Challenge your limits and explore your skill level!

Individual Innovators

Solo Creatives, Innovators, the round pegs in square holes - join a team or make one. Challenges are more fun together.

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Have an existing solution that will solve the challenge? Show us what you've got!


Creativity >>> everything else. Keep those books aside, and put your skills to the test in real life.

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Workshops & networking

JULY - AUG 2023

Challenge Announcement

27th July 2023

Shortlist Announcement

23rd Aug 2023

The Timeline

Important details & dates to remember.

Applications close

21st Aug 2023

Pitch Day

25th Aug 2023

All Challenges are announced on the 27th of July 2023, and participants who have pre-registered will be added to a discord community to form their teams and network with other participants.

All registered participants get first access to the workshops & training which will be held in in-person in Dubai & Abu Dhabi, or online. These workshops enable you to get trained in complex systems by experts

All registrations & applications will close on the 21st Aug 2023. Participants have to submit their solutions in the shortlist format mentioned in each challenge. No solutions will be accepted post this date.

The submitted challenges go to the Challengers for shortlisting and the shortlist is announced on 23rd August. The shortlisted candidates must then prepare their Finale submissions as per the format mentioned in each challenge

The Pitch Day will be held in-person at Emirates Towers, Dubai. All Finalists are expected to prepare the finale presentations in the format as per their challenge.

There will only be 1 winner per track.

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EMail : with the subject line:

"AI Challenge"


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The maverick innovation challenge is organised by Kregzo Ventures