About the Challenge

With the objective of saving lives and protecting the environment, the Tawazun Economic Council challenge is a competition that aims to develop a non-toxic and non-incendiary pyrotechnic smoke.

Tawazun Economic Council challenge
AED 5 Million

Prize Purse

The Tawazun Economic Council challenge is an AED 5 million challenge that will take place over two years. The winner will receive a grand prize of $1 million [AED 3.6 million] and each finalist will receive $75,000 in milestone prize [AED 275K].


Hexachloroethane Smoke (HCE) is an important screening and signaling device used in civilian, security and law enforcement applications. However, HCE is toxic and has proven to be harmful to the environment and the people exposed to it. This competition will help develop an alternative to the existing hexachloroethane (HC) and terephthalic (TA) smoke compositions that will contribute positively to health, safety and the environment.

Improve quality of life
Eliminate environmental hazards
save life

We are very happy and proud to partner with Sandooq Al Watan in launching this important challenge that will spur innovation in the UAE and strengthen cooperation between academia and industry in sourcing solutions.

H.E. Tareq Al Hosani Chief Executive Officer, Tawazun Economic Council

How to win

The Grand Prize of $1 million will be awarded to the team that develops a non-toxic and non-incendiary pyrotechnic smoke that will meet or exceed the current characteristics...

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Detailed competition information and documents can be found in the guidelines section. The guidelines are designed to provide prize specific information surrounding the grand challenge, the solution to be developed, and the competition timeline.

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20th Feb 2019

Prize Start Date

08th Jul 2020

Team Registration Deadline

15th Mar 2020

End of Round 1: Initial Teams Selection

22nd Dec 2019

Detailed Concept Design Document Submission

22nd Jan 2020

End of Round 2: Finalist Announced & Milestone Prize Awarded

01st Sep 2020

Beginning of Round 3: Challenge Start

31st Jul 2021

Proof of Concept

05th Jan 2022

Submission of Final Reports

06th Feb 2022

Prize End Date: Winner Announced & Grand Prize Awarded