Future Generation Competition Overview

Now in its seventh edition, Future Generation is the ultimate engineering competition for students currently enrolled in a university course. It an opportunity for undergraduate and postgraduate students to display and present their innovative projects and talents to the visitors of Middle East Energy, formerly known as Middle East Electricity. 

2020 theme:  Future Cities: Digitalisation, Mobility and Sustainability

Students from all disciplines are invited to enter, provided the above theme is being addressed. As a guide, projects can cover (but are not limited to) the following areas:

Energy & Digitalisation
Digitalization is changing our world and the energy sector is transforming rapidly - from, building engineers empowered to take a more targeted, data driven approach, to automation improving productivity, measurement and efficiency - the applications are endless. Can you deliver the next big digital idea to transform the sector?

Energy & Mobility
From autonomous vehicles, electric powertrains, vehicle sharing and other advances, urban cities mobility is expected to look very different in the upcoming decades bringing cleaner air and making commuting journeys easier for millions. If you can see a faster, cleaner and better way to get people moving, this is the category for you!

Energy & Sustainability
As cities swell, pressure on vital resources like water and energy will become ever greater. The pressure is on to deliver sustainable energy sources that are cost efficient and able to sustain the needs of current and future generations. Can you help accelerate the transition towards a greener future? 

2020 Winners

Why Enter?

  • Display your work in front of 48,000+ international visitors and over 1,300 exhibitors at the largest power event in the world
  • The competition offers a fantastic opportunity to meet potential employers and provides a great experience to add to your resumé
  • The winner will be presented with a coveted Future Generation 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 75,000 energy industry professionals 

          Past winners include:

    Project: Electro-Magnetic Induction-based Roads (EMIR)
    University: Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dubai Campus, UAE
    Students: Bilal Sultan , Kimberly Crasto, Navan Malhotra


    Project: MRAM: Towards Energy Efficient Memory Technology with Multi-State Memory Cells
    University: King Abdulla University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
    Students: Ulan Myrzakhan, Selma Amara, Meshal Alawein, Abdulmohsen Alsaui


    Project Name: Photovoltaic Energy for Seawater Desalination in UAE
    University: Abu Dhabi University, UAE   
    Students: Ahmed El Faith Suliman, Mohammed Mohieb Rashdan, Rami Mostafa Ahmed, Osman Lutfi Ahmed


    Project Name: MRAM: Towards Energy Efficient Memory Technology with Multi-State Memory Cells
    University: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
    Students: Ulan Myrzakhan, Selma Amara, Meshal Alawein, Abdulmohsen Alsaui



Competition open to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Middle East (Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain)

  • Entrants must be enrolled students at the time of submission
  • Project must be verified by a faculty member


  • Mr. Gerald Strickland, Director, Middle East Lighting Association (MELA)
  • Ms. Sara Ismail AlHaddad, Electrical Engineer of Sustainability and Renewable Energy Projects, Dubai Muncipality
  • Mr. Sarfraz Dairkee, General Manager, Mahy Khoory & Co LLC
  • Mr. N.Mohan Global, Head of Product Authentication Electrification Products (EP) Division, ABB Industries LLC
  • Mrs. Sandhya Prakash, Founder & MD, Beacon EST
  • Mr. Sanjay Raghavendracharya, Technical Manager Electrification Products (EP) Division, ABB United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Ravishankar Dudhe, Associate Professor, School of Engineering and Information Technology, Manipal University – Dubai campus
  • Eng. Moustafa Mahmoud Abdoul Aziz, Principal Electrical Engineer-General Projects Department, Dubai Municipality

Finalists - Undergraduate Projects

  • 3D Printed Budget Oriented and Scalable Explorer Rover: Higher Colleges of Technology Sharjah Men's Campus
  • Aqua-Care Machine Park: American University of Sharjah
  • Enhanced Mobility for the Visually Impaired People: Smart Walking Cane: Al Ain University
  • Land Hover: Birla Institute of Technology, RAK Offshore Campus
  • Real-time Tracking of Ships using CubeSats: University of Sharjah
  • Smart Crib For Baby Growth Tracking: Abu Dhabi University
  • Solar Powered DC Refrigerator: Heriot-Watt University
  • Solar Rover: Birla Institute of Technology
  • SolarGridXHeriot-Watt University: Thermoelectric Smart Infant Car Seat: BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus
  • Toward Digitalization of Pavement Defect Detection and Characterization: Abu Dhabi University

Finalists - Postgraduate Projects

  • American University of Sharjah: Cooperative Energy Management System for a Micro-WEN Network with Power-to- Gas Energy Storage
  • Abu Dhabi University: Digitalization of Fault Detection Systems
  • Abu Dhabi University: Energy Harvesting Illuminated Window
  • The British University in Dubai: Futuristic Sustainable Fuel Station
  • The British University in Dubai: Smart Solar Road

“This was by far the best student competition I have participated in (having already participated in a few), because unlike the other competitions (where usually the audience are people from academia) a large portion of the audience were people from the industry.”

Osman Lutfi Ahmed
Project: Photovoltaic Energy for Seawater Desalination in UAE
Abu Dhabi University