RTA holds workshop on ‘Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management’

DUBAI, 27th April, 2018 (WAM) — The Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, in Dubai has held an induction workshop on the “Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management.”

The registration process for the second edition of the award has opened on its website, http://www.hbmaipm.com/ and federal and local government departments across the UAE, as well as representatives of international firms in Dubai, have been briefed on its categories, prizes, nominations and developments.

Laila Faridoon, Member of the Board of Trustees and Secretary-General of the Award, presented the workshop, in the presence of Dr. Khaled Hamdi, Deputy Chairman of the Judges Panel of the Award.

“The workshop aims to attract the participation of local authorities, in light of the importance of innovation to projects being undertaken in the UAE. The award aims to assess experiments and motivate innovation in project management, as well as to create a database of the best relevant practices and models, and create a platform for sharing creative ideas,” Faridoon said.

“Representatives of government authorities have been briefed about the award’s latest developments, most notably the introduction of the “Academic Category,” which includes the “Scientific Research Award for Innovative Project Management” and the “Innovative Project Management,” to attract students, academics and researchers in this area. The award’s total prize money has increased by 29 percent to AED2.6 million, or US$710,000, and the winners of its second edition will be honoured during the 5th Dubai International Forum for Project Management, which will be held in December this year,” she added.

“The first edition of the award was well received and motivated the minds, abilities and creative skills of concerned individuals, teams and authorities. It also encouraged us to broaden the scope of participation, by adding the “Academic Category,” where a sum of $40,000 is awarded to the two winners under this category,” she added.

“The prize for the ‘Individual Category’ was increased from $30,000 to $50,000 per winner of its ‘Best Innovative Project’ and ‘Best Innovative PMO’ awards. The prize for the ‘Team Category’ was also increased from $40,000 to $80,000 while the prize for the ‘Innovative Corporate Ideas’ is now $450,000, which comprises three awards, the ‘Innovative Idea in Project Management’ with $100,000, the ‘Innovative Idea in Programmes Management’ with $150,000, and the ‘Innovative Idea in Projects Portfolio Management’ with $200,000,” she further added.

“The award’s general rules and conditions stipulate that submissions have to be in English, as it is a universal language, and one person has to be nominated as a liaison in the application form. The Judges Panel includes experts and judges, who will be appointed to assess every submission, to avoid a potential clash of interests and ensure the implementation of the highest professional and ethical standards by the committee’s members,” Faridoon said in conclusion.


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