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? 

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

How to Enter?

All submissions should be sent through our online submission form

Submissions should answer all questions and provide supporting material which is instrumental in helping our judges to assess the projects.

Completed submission forms should be sent to [email protected] by Thursday 9th January, 2020.

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



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


First Judging Round

All submitted entries will be reviewed individually by the panel of judges and will form the basis for the shortlisted projects, which will be announced Wednesday 5th February 2020.

Second Judging Round – at Middle East Energy 2020

Display your project:

  • The shortlisted projects must be set up for display on Monday 2nd March 2020, in the form of an A0 sized poster and a prototype (if applicable to your project).
  • The People’s Choice Award is voted for by the visitors to the Middle East Energy. Contestants must attend for all three days of the exhibition to explain their project to visitors (3 – 5 March 2020).
  • Judge’s Choice Award – judges will visit the competition area to assess the projects on Wednesday 4th March 2020 from 10.30 to 15.30Your team is required to be present during the judging process.

Present Your Project:

  • Contestants will be allocated a 15-minute time slot to present their project to the judges on Wednesday 4th March 2020 from 10.30 to 15.30 during Middle East Energy. 


The winners will be announced on Thursday 5th March 2020 at 4pm and will be presented with trophies.

“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