His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation, presented yesterday at the Museum of the Future in Dubai the programmers and trainers who ” Won One Million Arab Coders Initiative Challenge, totaling $ 1 million and $ 350,000 during the closing ceremony of the One Million Arab Coders Initiative, which reaffirms Dubai’s leadership as a key center for incubation and encouragement Arab creators.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “We congratulate the Syrian youth, Mahmoud Shahoud, on winning the one million dollar prize for the Habit 360 project. A well-deserved victory for an Arab innovator, of whom we are proud and his achievement, and we congratulate all the winners and participants of the One Million Arab Coders initiative, which succeeded in using the cognitive language of the era in the development of pioneering projects that will contribute to a qualitative leap in their societies. ”
His Highness emphasized that «the initiative provided the opportunity for one million Arabs to enter the digital world, and fulfilled the dreams of tens of thousands of Arab programmers around the world. Its outcomes and successes will be the basis for many future Arab achievements in the world of technology and programming. ”
His Highness added that “the initiative of one million Arab programmers paved the way for Arab youth to endless horizons of innovation and creativity in the field of advanced technology to put the Arab world on the map of excellence and achievement.”
His Highness emphasized that the initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, in 2017, has succeeded in being a gateway for many Arabs youths to move to a new stage in which they use the programming skills they have acquired to realize their dreams and their aspirations.
His Highness said: “We look forward to our Arab programmers continuing their pioneering innovations and doubling their achievements. We expect their names and future achievements to illuminate the global sky.”
His Highness also emphasized that “Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision for the future of the region is based on the support of investment in the Arab people … and the programming language is one of the pillars of the knowledge economy and an important bridge to ‘ a future in which the highest word will be given to those who possess scientific excellence. “
Syrian software engineer Mahmoud Shahoud, 33, managed to win the title of “Best Arab Programmer” and the $ 1 million prize for challenging the One Million Arab Coders initiative for the “Habit 360” “project, which enables people to make new habits in their lives, track their achievements and motivate their feelings. The application offers its services to more than 200 thousand users around the world.
The owners of the top five projects in the “One Million Arab Coders” initiative challenge also received prizes of $ 50,000 each.
The list of the five best projects in the challenge included the “Muaahal” program, developed by Egyptian programmer Mohamed Al-Iskandarani, which is a simplified educational application to qualify individuals in all fields and help companies recruit talented people to recruit.
Egyptian Iman Wagdy also managed to reach the final list through the 3lfraza application to deliver fresh food prepared by housewives.
Iraqi Ammar Salem, a university professor at the College of Architecture at the University of Baghdad, joined the list of leading programmers after developing the Qeraaty Alnateqa program, a project aimed at designing a new sign language with a program to convert those characters into letters. and spoken words.
Al-Masry, Andrew Makram, developed the “Najeeb” program, with the aim of facilitating and standardizing the process of submitting and marking examinations.
Egyptian engineer Hassan Mohamed has also developed a translated chat program that enables the user to speak to others in their native language, and translate the conversation instantly, and it is available in more than 36 languages.
During the ceremony, the four best trainers in the “One Million Arab Coders” initiative were honored with a prize of $ 25,000 each, in recognition of their outstanding efforts to empower the initiative’s affiliates with the necessary skills, to advise them provide and assist them in employing programming expertise in the development of projects based on the use of future technologies. The list of winning coaches included Abdelmoumen Boumalia, from Algeria, and Rasha Bahbouh, from Syria, in addition to Mustafa Abdel Fattah and Abu Bakr Farouk from Egypt.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, launched the “One Million Arab Coders” challenge in July last year with the aim of promoting the achievements of Arab talents in the field. of programming. , and provide the opportunity for graduates of the initiative to showcase their innovative projects they have developed. Use the programming skills and experience gained during their participation in the initiative.
The challenge was witnessed by the participation of 257 projects submitted by the initiative’s graduates from 50 countries around the world in various sectors related to programming, technology and entrepreneurship in various fields of programming, technology, entrepreneurship and its applications on the field of website development and mobile applications The best of them were selected according to a set of main criteria, including the idea of the project, The quality of innovation and ease of use, to qualify for the final stage to win the million dollar prize to compete.
Kindness of judgment
The jury for the final phase of the “One Million Arab Coders” Challenge led Wamda Capital Chairman Fadi Ghandour, Accenture Middle East Managing Director Bashar Kilani, High Technology Colleges Director Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi included. , and vice president of “Accenture” Amazon “in the Middle East, Ronaldo Mouchawar.
The “One Million Arab Coders” initiative, which is overseen by the Dubai Future Foundation, witnessed the participation of 1,058,265 people from around the world virtually, in millions of hours of study and work, and tens of thousands of training workshops.
Since its launch, 1,500 “Nano Degree” certificates have been awarded to leading participants and promising talents.
More than 3,600 certified trainers from around the world took part in the initiative, the first of its kind in the region and the world.
The “One Million Arab Coders” initiative, organized under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, is primarily aimed at teaching programming and developing technological skills for one million Arab people and enabling them to set out to launch quality projects and programs that serve Arab societies using the sciences and skills gained from the initiative.
The initiative embodies the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, of the importance of empowering Arab youth with future tools to serve humanity and build a better future for the Arab world, reflecting the UAE’s ongoing efforts to a positive impact on human civilization.
initiative for the world
The “One Million Arab Coders” initiative has succeeded in introducing a groundbreaking model to the world to enable programming skills adopted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan by launching the “One Million Jordanian Coders” initiative in May 2019 with the aim of making Jordan one. of the most advanced countries in the world in the field of programming, by providing the necessary training to young people. Enables them to keep up with the rapid developments in computer science and its software, and enables them to obtain jobs that enable them to apply their skills and participate in the development of the digital economy.
The “One Million Uzbek Coders” initiative was announced in partnership between the governments of the UAE and the Republic of Uzbekistan, in November 2019, with the aim of providing an opportunity for Uzbek youth to develop programming skills, artificial intelligence and emerging technologies acquired, to contribute to the development of innovative technology-based solutions and services.
Capacity building partnerships
The “One Million Arab Coders” initiative has succeeded in achieving its goals with the support of the “Hussein Sajwani – DAMAC Charitable Foundation”, which focuses on supporting learning opportunities and developing skills for profitable social and economic participation stimulate, and empower communities in the Arab world to achieve a sustainable future.
The Udacity digital education platform also provided its support by providing educational content and training in skills needed for future jobs.
The initiative’s partner list included many global technology companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, Oracle, Careem and others.
Hamdan bin Mohammed:
• “Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision for the future of the region is based on the support of investment in the Arab people … We strive for our Arab programmers to continue their innovations.”
• “The initiative has allowed one million Arabs to enter the digital world … it has fulfilled the dreams of tens of thousands of Arab programmers … and its outputs will be the basis for many future Arab achievements in the world of technology and programming. . “
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