Can entrepreneurship disrupt the many social and environmental challenges faced around the world? Organizers of the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity believe so. They've created the Global Maker Challenge, an online open-innovation platform that offers an opportunity for makers and innovators to connect and collaborate, wherever they are in the world, to solve real-world problems affecting peoples lives. This initiative is a program under the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS).

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Badr Al-Olama, head of the organizing committee for GMIS and also board member at the UAE Space Agency, said that the UAE is in a unique position to form business relationships. “This part of the world has been at the crossroads of east and west," he said. "What ends up happening is that you start developing trade lines, and when you develop trade lines you develop a business mind. When you develop a business mind, all of a sudden you become an entrepreneur. By the time you become an entrepreneur you've developed these relationships all around the world.”

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