Changing the world, one initiative at a time

The World Government Summit Organization launches awards and initiatives that touch upon sectors and people that will be the champions of the future. Among these initiatives, are awards focused on creating positive competition to improve and innovate emerging technologies, and awards focused on showcasing extraordinary individuals from different sectors of government.


The World GovTechioneers Race was previously focusing on best mobile government service applications. The Award is now in its 4th cycle.

Following the extension of its current scope, the award will now also include a global virtual hackathon “Blockchain Virtual GovHack” aimed at experimenting with new technologies to produce outstanding applications designed and developed by students and start-ups from across the world under the ethos of hacking for good.

The Race will also feature “Best Emerging Technologies in Government”, which is an award for governments that are experimenting with emerging technologies to provide government services more efficiently and effectively and that have proven results of how they have created greater public value and transformed the lives of people.

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The Edge of Government innovation experience will challenge visitors to think in new and often counter-intuitive ways about how the most pressing public challenges of our time can be solved. The main purpose of the exhibits is to inform, trigger new thinking through experience, and most importantly inspire visitors to connect with the innovators behind the best practices and case studies showcased and ideally adapt/adopt the approach in their own context. Visitors will thus walk out of their immersive journey with the desire to move to action and turn this “Edge” into mainstream.

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The Best Minister Award comes to recognize the exceptional efforts of government ministers, or their equivalent, at demonstrating excellence in the public sector, implementing successful initiatives and inspiring other government leaders and service providers to promote innovation within their service delivery domain to serve the needs of their citizens better. 

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The Museum of the Future is a unique initiative by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum that explores the future of science, technology and innovation. Open to the public for the first time, the Museum of the Future at the World Government Summit is an exhibition that previews Dubai’s permanent Museum of the Future, which will be opening in 2018. Join us on a trip to the year 2035, where we show how technology could evolve to enhance our bodies and minds, explore what role it might play in our social and family lives, and discuss how it could be used to manage complex social and economic systems.

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The SDGs in Action @ WGS2016, was a three-day event that formed an important pillar of the WGS program, served to discuss an action agenda for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Organized in partnership with the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), World Bank, and the UN Foundation, the event examined key success factors that will contribute to the implementation of the SDGs at global, regional and national levels. The event was timely given that the fifteen-year implementation timeframe has kicked off on 1 January 2016, and the first months of 2016 will be critical to accelerate their delivery by 2030.

High-level government officials, local authorities, representatives of the private sector, multilateral and international organizations, donors, academia, civil society organizations and youth exchanged views on their respective roles in SDG implementation, as well as mutual expectations. The highly interactive discussions reflected work already under way to implement the SDGs and identified challenges, opportunities and recommendations to go forward. 

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