Dubai: The 2nd Edition of the Smart Toys Competition has been launched by the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution UAE (C4IR UAE), a collaboration between Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) and World Economic Forum (WEF).
The contest strives to promote the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in smart toys to boost children’s learning, critical thinking, social engagement and creativity.
The Competition also supports the development of smart toys that help children overcome challenges through creative and entertaining AI-based content and promotes toys that adhere to ethical standards. By promoting innovative toys that adhere to ethical guidelines that protect children, alongside their data and privacy, C4IR UAE seeks to position Dubai as a leading child-friendly city.
WINNERS ACROSS CATEGORIES
The Smart Toys Competition will honor 7 winners across seven different categories, all open to local and global start-ups, as well as toy developers.
The contest seeks toys in categories such as “Creative Play”, “Learn-to-Code”, “Robotics”, “Smart Companion”, “Smart Speakers for Kids” and the “Most Innovative Take on AI for Kids”.
The winners of the award will be celebrated on 20th November, World Children’s Day at a special ceremony at the Museum of the Future.
Beyond the honor of winning this award, companies will also receive a “website badge”, which indicates that the toy won the Smart Toy Award in a specific category in 2022. In addition, winners will have additional opportunities to engage with the WEF on future initiatives related to their toys and AI governance, and the opportunity to display their toy at the Museum of the Future in Dubai.
The C4IR Head elaborated that, “We are honored to partner with the World Economic Forum to host 2nd edition of Smart Toys competition following the previous edition’s success and collaboration with local and global partners.”
Meanwhile, Ms. Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum highlighted that, “We are delighted to partner with C4IR UAE to create a unique way of protecting and empowering children. This sets an appropriately high bar for innovative uses of AI with kids across the world enhancing their development; and affirming fundamental values of accessibility, autonomy, and inclusivity for toys children play with and learn.”
Entries will be assessed by a jury comprising experts from the public and private sector, including NGOs. The jury will base its judgement on the WEF’s collaborative report “Artificial Intelligence for Children Toolkit”, which includes a set of principles governing AI, called the FIRST principles (fairness, inclusiveness, responsibility, safety and transparency).
Submitted applications and toys will undergo a series of assessments to ensure that each toy provides clear value to the child and meets the competition’s standards and principles.
Companies looking to participate in the competition have until 31st August, 2022, to submit their projects and ideas via Dubai Future website.