Dubai’s One Million Arab Coders Initiative (OMAC) by Dubai Future Foundation has revealed the five winning student coders whose projects tackle some of the key issues faced by today’s societies while bringing value to communities across the Arab world.
The winners were chosen for their project plans, detailing how they would run their fully designed smartphone apps using the Android operating system to bring about positive changes within their communities. The solutions were based on three key pillars which included boosting economic growth, providing humanitarian value and enabling creativity and innovation.
The five winners and their projects are – Sanad by Farah Mahdi Khudhair, 3al Faraza by Iman Wagdy Selim, Help the Poor by Mohamed Sobhy Abdelmageed, Tammeni by Saeed Awad Abou Si’ah, and Landmine Alert by Marwan al Hakimi.
The distinguished mentors who provided the required guidance to the students were also acknowledged by OMAC. The winning mentors were selected based on a qualitative assessment of their efforts in supporting the students throughout the project development. The winning mentors are Abdulwahid AlJamaly from Yemen, Eyad Raschad from Syria, Basila AlMahli from Syria, and Sara Zehraoui from Morocco.
“Through this effort, we will continue to encourage young talent and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their ideas and work with experts and specialists to bring these ideas to fruition for the greater good of their communities,” said Omar Sultan Al Olama who is Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence.
He encouraged the students to utilize the knowledge they gained while participating in the competition to build innovative solutions for a better and brighter tomorrow. He added that coding being the language of the future and its knowledge is a great asset.
The One Million Arab Coders initiative seeks to train one million young Arabs in computer programming with the aim of empowering and equipping them with technological tools and expertise to face the challenges of the future. It was launched by His Highness Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai.