I love the Zayed Future Energy Prize (as any regular CleanTechnica readers know). It’s wonderful to see the great work being done by cleantech leaders in the corporate world, startup and small business world, and nonprofit world. Zayed Future Energy Prize finalists and winners are indeed the cream of the crop, and the more I read and write about them, the more I see that. But by some standards, about half of the Zayed Future Energy Prize is dedicated to high school students, and this is where the inspiration goes into hyperdrive.
The stories of the high school finalists are moving, and UAE leadership puts a lot into this part of the prize… as well as the world’s youth in general. It’s quite amazing, to me at least, that Masdar* puts these kids on the same stage as heads of state; queens and princes; and the CEOs of some of the largest corporations in the world. Furthermore, it doesn’t just highlight the work of privileged kids in developed countries. Many finalists come from rural areas of some of the poorest developing countries. What an experience this must be for them and their communities! Transformational!
In 2 of the 7 videos below, I speak with Dr Nawal Al Hosany — director of sustainability at Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, and also director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize — about this prize, sustainability initiatives in the UAE, and youth empowerment in the UAE. I also interview several of the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize winners and finalists in the high schools categories. Check them all out, and share with friends! Also, note that applications are currently open to compete in the 2016 Zayed Future Energy Prize.
*Full Disclosure: Masdar covered my trip to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in 2014 and 2015, and I do some contract work for the clean energy corporation.
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