About the competition - Future Generation

Middle East Elecricity are pleased to announce the sixth edition of our Future Generation competition.

Future Generation highlights the potential of engineering students currently studying in the region. The competition provides an opportunity for students to display and present a project related to the 2019 theme noted below, in front of 20,000 regional visitors and over 1,500 international exhibitors of Middle East Electricity. The finalists will be displayed at the exhibition, which takes place from 5-7 March 2019 at the Dubai International Convention Centre.

2019 theme

Participants are invited to design and develop an intelligent solution around the 2019 theme:

Smart Energy Solutions: Improve Energy Efficiency

Over the next few decades making better use of energy resources will be just as important as finding alternative sources of supply. Energy efficiency policies have proven to be smart investments that create significant financial returns.

Students from all disciplines are invited to design and develop an intelligent solution around 2019 theme Smart Energy Solutions: Improve Energy Efficiency addressing Energy Efficiency. As a guide, projects should cover (but are not limited to) the following areas:

  • An idea or solution to combat excessive use of power
  • Show a cost-effective solution to reduce energy consumption
  • Produce a prototype and find a testing partner


With ever increasing urbanisation, new ways to manage cities and reduce energy consumption are required to improve efficiency. The competition invites the “Future Generation” of the industry to submit their energy saving solutions.  

AWARDS - Both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students are eligible.

Judges' Choice

Decided by a panel of expert judges and
announced on the last day of the exhibition.

Peoples' Choice

Voted for by visitors at the exhibition
announced on the last day of the exhibition.

Exhibit at power exhibition

Why Enter?

  • As the largest power event in the world, students will have the opportunity to display their work in front of 20,000 international visitors and over 1,500 exhibitors      
  • The competition offers a fantastic opportunity for students to meet potential employers and provides a great experience to add to their resume     
  • The winner will be presented with a Middle East Electricity Award   
  • Participants will be promoted across various platforms ahead of the show and the winner will be announced in an email to our database of over 50,000 energy industry professionals

High quality power exhibitors


  • Project brief: “Design and develop a cost-effective energy efficiency system/solution around the topic of and management solution around the topic of ENERGY EFFICIENCY
  • Undergraduate contestants must be current students at a university in the UAE and the project must be verified by a faculty member
  • Postgraduate contestants must be current students at a university in the MIddle East and the project must be verified by a faculty member


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How to Enter?

All submissions should be sent through our online submission form.  Complete the ''Download Application Form'' after which you will receive a link to download the relevant submission form (either undergraduate or postgraduate).Submissions should answer all questions and provide supporting material which is instrumental in helping our judges to assess the projects.

Completed submission form should be sent to future-generation@middleeastelectricity.com by Monday, 21st January 2019.

You may only submit files in the following formats gif, jpg/jpeg, tif/tiff, word, pdf.

Call for submissions:                      December - January  2019
Submission deadline:                     21 January 2019  
Finalists announced:                      10 February 2019
Finalists display projects:            05 - 7 March 2019
Winner announced:                        07 March 2019

Taking my research in wind turbines to the Future Generation Competition provided a platform for showcasing my work and meeting representatives from various companies who were interested in further development and investment.

The competition lasted three days and I had the opportunity to present and discuss my work with people from industry gaining their insights and developing my network as well as representing my research base, Heriot-Watt University and showcasing the work being done there. I really enjoyed the vibrant and positive atmosphere and especially being the winning recipient of the 'Official Judge's Choice - Postgraduate Award'! The award was a real motivational boost in progressing my research and taking it further through academia and industry. An enjoyable experience, well worth applying for.

Heriot-Watt University - Dubai Campus, UAE  - Arouge Agha

Participating in this contest was a nice experience where I got the chance to meet students studying in universities in the middle east and people from Industry as well. I could see that many undergrads and graduate students who study electrical engineering got really inspired by our idea as it is an unconventional simple way of designing digital circuits that breaks the known circuit design techniques. In addition, I learned from the industry people who approached me how to sell our device instead of just
focusing on the technical details, which may not be of interest to many people. 

Being a runner-up by people's choice meant a lot me as it means I was able to influence and convince some general audience/ students with our innovative idea. In addition, being the second one from KAUST to win one of the contest awards means a lot to our university and encourages more student to participate in the upcoming years. 

I was also approached by different investors, but this technology is still in the research phase and will take some time to go to market.

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia

“Future Generation Competition provided me a platform to showcase my idea related to energy saving solutions for Dubai Smart City. I really appreciate Middle East Electricity for giving such a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate and postgraduate students to present their ideas and research outcomes. It was a well-organized event, a well-received event.” 

Kainat Amjad Sheikh, University of Bolton RAK Campus

  • The judging panel is made up of internationally recognised and respected judges from a variety of industry sectors and disciplines.
  • Shortlisted projects will be announced by 10 February 2019 and their work will be presented at the Future Generation exhibition stand.
  • The shortlisted projects must be set up for display on 4 March 2019, which can be either in the form of a poster (poster size will be provided), a prototype or a prototype along with a poster.
  • Peoples’ Choice is voted by the visitors at the Middle East Exhibition. Contestants must attend all three days of the exhibition to explain their project to voters (5-7 March 2019).
  • Judging will take place on 7 March.  All contestants will need to be present during the judging process.

For more information, please contact:

Email: future-generation@middleeastelectricity.com

Phone: +9714 4072742