Surprise wins, guests of honour, and some of the most brilliant minds of emerging tech - we shone a spotlight on some of the most deserving
From 20:00 to 23:00 UAE standard time, the Intercontinental Dubai Hotel Festival City hosted the AIBC Awards in the luxurious golden Al Baraha Ballroom at a lavish dinner. Leading up to the event, hundreds of votes were cast to determine the top selection of tech innovators in thirteen categories. On May 16, the virtual booths closed. A selection of judges, themselves active tech entrepreneurs, decided on the final winners. The accomplished Dr Marwan Al Zarouni, who is one the major contributors to the Emirates Blockchain Strategy 2021, inspired the attendees of the honourable ceremony by emphasising the positive impact of technological innovation on humanity.
Rewarding such an impact, our voters agreed on the open-source platform Tezos, powered by Dexstar, to win the Social Impact Project of the Year.
Dr Al Zarouni himself was honoured for his countless contributions to the advancement of blockchain technology in the UAE. For creating the first crypto freezone of the world, His Excellency, Dr. Ahmed bin Sulayem was honoured as well, with James Bernard accepting the honour due to his excellency's absence. Surrounding the unprecedented efforts of the government of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Saqer bin Mohammed al Qasimi, a unique supporter of business and advancement of technology, was honoured accordingly, with Chairman of the Board, Adnan al Noorani accepting the award for him.
Special guest Brock Pierce praised the many changes the honourable guests and prize winners have brought to the world, congratulating them and the UAE to the constant progress despite the pandemic.
With the spread of crypto to a broader audience being a focal point of the event and one of most important contemporary projects of blockchain, the team behind AIBC Summit is proud to hand over the award for the Mass Adoption Project of the year to SwissBorg, brought to you by Abey.
With Dubai being one of the major blockchain hub of the world, it was important to reward the Middle East's Most Impactful person of the year, with the accolade going to Jorge Sebastiao, CEO of Nimbus DeFi and conference panellist, powered by DIFX.
The Blockchain Innovation of the Year Award went to the community driven blockchain FreeTon, powered by Iritech.
Improving privacy of crpytocurrenices, Nymtech won The Blockchain Solution of the Year Award.
Educating a broad audience on social media, Tone Vays, powered by Amir Capital, was named Crypto Influencer of the Year.
CoinsLoot, powered by Nimbus, was named the NFT Platform of the year.
Singularity Net powered by VG Pay was the pick for the AI Application of the Year.
Exchange of the Year is Bitcoin.com, powered by CoinCasso.
My Tokenized Capital, powered by CoinsPaid,, is the Tokenized Asset of The Year.
CoinsPad itself, brought to you by CUB Ecosystem, was voted to be the Payment Provider of the Year.
The number one DeFi Project of the Year is Singularity DAO, brought to you by OVR.
The complete awards ceremony, showing all winners from all categories, is accessible on YouTube.
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