Localization & Direct Grant Awards

valued at 1 million Qatari Riyals!

The Mada Innovation Award is a first of its kind award that is aimed to reward innovative solution that promotes accessibility and enhances the lives of users with disabilities.

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Direct Grant Awards

Direct Grant Awards

This stream is designed for creating opportunities for new innovative entities who already have a “Proven Concept” for their AT product or service to establish themselves in the market. Applicants selected for this stream will be provided with a grant through MADA Innovation Program to develop the proposed product/service concept to cater towards the local and Arab market.



Localizing is conducted mainly to support Arabic inclusive solutions for PwDs and all. This stream is targeted towards international established entities who already have an existing product/service relevant to ICT Accessibility and Assistive Technology that are looking into Arabic localization of their product.

Mada Hackathon

Mada Hackathon

The ‘Mada Hackathon’, is a uniquely designed competition from Challenge to Prototype in 48 Hours that focuses on individuals and teams of designers, teachers, academics, students, software developers and the best-in-class innovators to develop an Accessible Open Educational Resources in Arabic language based on the Mada open-access resources: Tawasol Symbols, Unified Arabic Braille, Buhamad Sign Language Interpreter Avatar.

Vision, Mission & Our Goals


  1. Open Call for Submissions


    Registration for participation in Mada Innovation Award is to take place online by providing all necessary information using the form.

  2. Submission Deadline


    Mada Innovation Award Committee will stop receiving applications by September 30, 2023

  3. Technical Evaluation


    Phase 1: Preliminary evaluation of all submissions. Only accepted applicants will be notified about Phase 2.

  4. Pitching Phase


    Each Applicant will present their idea to the jury board. The presentation must include:
    A. Short Video Pitch by the team - 120 Seconds
    B. Detailed Presentation Deck of the application

  5. Final Evaluation

    15/11/2023 - 22/11/2023

    The jury evaluate the final shortlisted applications.

  6. Mada Innovation Day – Announcement of Winner

    November 2023

Application Criteria

  • The contestant (or the team or organization) fills in all the details on the competition website at this link: https://award.mada.org.qa
  • The contestant (or the team or organization) will add all the details in the application form available on the competition site, taking care to provide all the required information.
  • The contestant (or the team or organization) receives electronic notification of the receipt of his participation.
  • The contestants who pass the preliminary review will only be notified regarding the presentation and pitching phase. He can also see the instructions of the members of the jury to remedy the shortcomings that can be recorded in his nomination file and re-send back the requirement of not exceeding statutory deadlines.

The Jury

Mada assigns the Jury for the Mada Innovation Awards. The committee will include experts in ICT accessibility specialists, University faculties and entrepreneurship specialists.

Al Dana Al mohannadi
Al Dana Al Mohannadi
Mada Center

Al Jazzi Al Jabour
Aljazi AlJabr
Mada Center

Wadhah Al-Adgham
Qatar Science and Technology Park

Dr. Thoufeeq
Dr. Tawfiq Al-Hadrami
University of Nottingham Trent, United Kingdom

Mousa Bin Saeed
Musa bin Sa’eed bin Barghoush Al-Amri
3D Factory Oman

Hind Nader Al-Saad
Qatar Business Incubation Center

bilel amri
Bilal Al-Amri
Arab Organization for Education, Culture, and Science – ALECSO

Steve Mackey

Mariam Al-Sulaiti
Ministry of Interior, Qatar

Eman Al-Kuwari
Tasmu, Qatar

Mahmoud Al Mahmoud
Bedaya Center, Qatar

Dr. Oussama
Dr Oussamma Ghoul
Mada Center

Apply for Mada Innovation Award

The Mada Innovation Award will be announced through a campaign, followed with open call period and announcement on Mada Innovation day.

Winners of the Mada Innovation Award 2022 – Direct Grant Track :

The Innovator Mr. Omar Salem
The Innovator Mr. Omar Salem

The Innovator Ms. Shaikha Mohammed Al-Subaey
The Innovator Ms. Shaikha Mohammed Al-Subaey

The Innovator Ms. Saida Hamrit
The Innovator Ms. Saida Hamrit

The Innovator Ms. Karen Hart & Ms. Maisa Obeid
The Innovator Ms. Karen Hart & Ms. Maisa Obeid

The Innovator Mr. Mohamad Hijab
The Innovator Mr. Mohamad Hijab

The winner innovation of the Mada Innovation Award 2022 – Localization Grant Track

The innovator Ms. Rebecca Bright
The innovator Ms. Rebecca Bright

Contact us

Telephone: 0097444594098
Email: innovation@mada.org.qa