2020 Trends

The collective challenges that drove graduates across all continents to innovate

This year’s Global Grad Show is set to showcase a diverse range of graduate ideas, identifying global trends and highlighting social impact projects across the globe. The expanded programme will take life through a virtual exhibition showcasing international talent, complimented by a physical exhibition of innovation from the MENA region.
Mirroring Global Grad Show’s core values; the 2020 programme is designed to connect communities all over the world.

Global Grad Show 2020

With a record number of applications –1,600 entries submitted from 270 universities –this years’ showcase will be organised around key surfacing trends, with 100 projects selected to illustrate their nature, complexity and global relevance. The show will be a forward-looking gathering of solutions from each identified trend, created by the world’s most talented science, technology and design students. Academic innovations are brought to life through the inaugural interactive digital exhibition. Audiences are encouraged to interact with the graduates behind each one of the ideas. The multi-media experience encompassing prototypes, films and original research material are visually curated for online visitors to engage and interact with.

MENA Grad Show

The inaugural MENA Grad Show will spotlight 50 of the best social impact innovation projects at a physical exhibition during Dubai Design Week. The new programme received more than 200 submissions from 36 universities based in the Middle East and North Africa, including Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI), the German University in Cairo (GUC), The American University of Sharjah (AUS) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
The exhibition will be a diverse showcase of how students in different disciplines, from architecture to chemistry and electric engineering, approach complex social and environmental problems and put forward solutions that include: a personal positioning system to help the visually impaired navigate independently, a microwave-enabled monitor to reduce water loss in pipelines by 50%, an alternative to concrete using palm tree waste and a streamlined process to extract lithium from the ocean.

Global Grad Show 2020 is held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and member of the Dubai Council, in partnership with Dubai Culture and A.R.M. Holding.