November 7-11

Challenge and Innovation Forum (CIF) Qatar 2021, is the first forum of its kind in the region. It includes a number of competitions and events with the aim of motivating and encouraging inventors around the world. Apply now and win big.

Total Prizes


What the participants will get?

Travel and accommodation expenses covered.

Meet creative inventors and innovators from all over the world.

Live an exceptional one-week experience in the world of innovation.

How does it work


CIF Qatar 2021 has two main competitions, which are exhibition for best inventions, and hackathon.

The best inventions competition aims to showcase individual inventors’ projects for the first two days, then the participants will be divided into groups where they will compete to develop their unique ideas from scratch to a startup within just 48 hours. All the necessary support will be provided to all participants during the competitions.

First Stage

Inventions Exhibition

Showcase your invention in an exhibition style event, where you will have a dedicated booth, and a group of judges will evaluate the best ideas over the first two days.


Second Stage


After the inventions exhibition is done, you will be divided into groups, where you will compete against other teams to invent new ideas from scratch, in a hackathon-style competition for 48 hours.


Challenge and Innovation Forum Qatar 2021

Because we belive in the creativity and innovation of the human brain, that is why CIF was born to showcase your brilliant inventions to the world and get the chance to win big cash prizes, that might help you continue your journey.


Abeer Al-Hammadi

Director, Innovation and Economic Development, Qatar Foundation

Alireza Rastegar

President, International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA)

David Taji-Farouki

President, Jury of the Geneva International Invention Fair

Amna Al-Kuwari

Director, IP Rights Protection Department, Ministry of Commerce and Industry Qatar

Nancy Goel

IP and Agreement Specialist, Qatar Foundation

Dr. Hareb Al-Jabri

Director, Innovation and IP Office, Qatar University

Event Schedule

7 July 2021

Registration opens

10 September 2021

Registration closes

25 September 2021

Announcing the final list of participants

7 November 2021

Opening ceremony

11 November 2021

Closing ceremony and announcing the winners



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