‘Emirati Programmer’ gives young local talents an opportunity to join global programming competitions

Mansoor Bin Mohammed honors
outstanding winners of ‘Hackathon’ competition

  • 4 young Emirati talents win the title of ‘Innovative Emirati Programmer’
  • International jury evaluates creative applications in line with UAE’s national policies
  • Local contestants demonstrate high-level skills in programming, computer thinking systems, digital applications, & electronic games

 

UAE, November 12, 2017 H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum honored the ‘Innovative Emirati Programmer’ winners of the ‘Hackathon’ competition organized by the Emirates Talent Association and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU). The recognition marked the culmination of the successful first batch of the ‘Emirati Programmer,’ the first-of-its-kind national initiative in the UAE launched to enhance the skills of Emirati programmers in programming languages, computer thinking systems, the basics of digital application and electronic games development.

 

The closing ceremony held at HBMSU’s campus saw world-class young Emirati talents and innovators recognized for their competitive programming abilities. Dignitaries attended the event were headed by H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai, Chairman of HBMSU’s Board of Governors, and Chairman of the Emirates Talent Association, H.E. Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, H.E. Humaid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board and Director General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Majid Hamad Rahma Al Shamsi, member of the National Federation Council and Chairman of Union Coop’s board of directors and HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). Attendees applauded the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative for laying a solid foundation for human capital development and investing in the country’s human resources to build a future generation capable of driving economic growth driven by modern technology, knowledge, and innovation in line with UAE Vision 2021.
An international jury chose the winners based onset criteria, including the ability to link the creative programming projects to national policies and initiatives such as adopting a competitive and knowledge- and innovation-driven economy.
The four winners of the ‘Innovative Emirati Programmer’ title bagged the Golden Award in four categories. They were Hamdan Al Maqoodi, ‘Developing Game – Kudo Category’ for age group 7-10; Saud Ahmed Al Hosani, ‘Developing Game – Kudo Category’ for age group 11- 15; Shaikha Khalid Al Ali, ‘Developing App – Bloxmob Category’ for age group 7-10; and Saif Adnan Al Marri, ‘Developing App – Swift Category’ forage group 11-15. The four were among the 12 finalists of the ‘Hackathon’ competition, which served as a platform to put the spotlight on the global programming talents.
H.E. Tamim said: “We are proud to honor young talents with enormous creative potentials who have shown thirst for knowledge and strong interest to be part of the development process for a more advanced and prosperous future. Furthermore, the ‘Emirati Programmer’ has pushed young people to be creators of a bright future for all using their talents and achieve the highest international ranks. This success has further inspired us to excel in preparing a generation of qualified, innovative, and creative local and international young programmers. ”
“The strong partnership between the Emirates Talent Association and HBMSU has been recognized as a model for constructive cooperation among national entities for youth development. It is also aligned with what H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has said, ‘The youth is the future and hope of our country.’ We are undoubtedly taking proactive steps to provide the world of programming with creative talents who have confidence, knowledge, determination, and leadership to guide the economy towards the highest levels of innovation and creativity,” H.E. added.
Aside from the Gold Award, Silver and Bronze Awards were also given across the four categories. The international judges comprised technology professionals led by Lewis Hall, English as Medium of Instruction (EMI) Manager, Apple Distinguished Educator; Rayan Karaky, Head of DoubleClick MENA & Turkey, Google; Ahmed Ebrahim, Microsoft Gulf Teacher Engagements Manager; and Hanan Hasan, Head of Technology Development at Al Ittihad National Private School in Abu Dhabi, Apple Distinguished Educator.
Hall said: “As a jury member, it is an honor to witness the creativity and innovative skills of young Emirati talents, who have exhibited strong potentials in programming. I am glad to see their eagerness to develop applications relevant to local society and have the potentials to address future challenges. We are also confident that the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative was a step in the right direction to build a generation capable and qualified to develop applications supporting the progress of the UAE and the rest of the world.”
Karaky thanked the Emirates Talent Association and HBMSU for the opportunity to be one of the judges. He said: “It is inspiring to see the youth using their imagination combined with their capabilities to master programming languages, which play a major role in the modern era. We are looking forward to seeing more talented Emirati entrepreneurs, application developers, and programmers in the future. Allow me also to announce that we are turning Shaikha’s proposal into a reality by putting her application in our application store. Additionally, I will continuously follow the projects and innovations of other promising talents to instill creativity and innovation in the UAE.”
After the ceremony, the winners presented their applications and projects at the ‘Coding Expo.’
The winners in the ‘Developing App – Bloxmob’ (7 to 10 years old) category are Shaikha Khalid Al Ali – Diabetes Learning Bag (Gold); Sarah Saeed Al Awar – Read-ester (Silver); and Wid Hamad Al Awar – Slime Angle (Bronze); and in the ‘Developing App – Swift’ (11 to 15 years old), Saif Adnan Al Marri – Discount Me IN (Gold); Abdulla Al Jawi- Discover Dubai (Silver); and Mohammed Alowais – Family Hub (Bronze). 
The victors in the ‘Developing App – Swift’ (7 to 10 years old) are Hamadan Al Maqoodi – Road Kill (Gold); Zayed Saif Al Zaabi – Death Road (Silver); and Ali Saif Al Zaabi – Save Water Save Life (Bronze); while Saud Al Hosani – Star Fires (Gold); Hind Saad Abbas – Mars Rock On (Silver); Fahad Al Awadi – Dodge and Race (Bronze) won in ‘Developing Game – Kudo’ (11 and 15 years old) category.
Student Shaikha Khalid Al Ali, Gold Winner of ‘Bloxmob’ for 7 to 10 years old, expressed her happiness for being part of the successful competition. She added that the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative provided her with a unique opportunity to acquire key programming and smart application development skills which she used to create her simple and streamlined Diabetes Learning Bag app. She also thanked the Emirates Talent Association, HBMSU, and event organizers for supporting her in achieving her ambition and turning her idea into a concrete application.
About 96 graduates comprised the first batch of the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative, 46 of whom qualified for the semi-finals and 12 reached the finals. The participants received high-level training under the direct supervision of renowned instructors who specialize in the three-level ‘Lifelong learning model.’ The training ensured that the local contestants would excel in the “Hackathon” competition. The  ‘Emirati Programmer’ focused on providing talented youth with new knowledge and skills in computer language programming to design games and digital and electronic applications using multiple programming platforms such as Microsoft’s KODU Game Lab, Apple’s Swift, Google’s Blockly, and  ‘Cloud Campus.’
 
 

Abu Dhabi Science Festival

Held under the patronage of
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan 
inaugurates 7th Abu Dhabi Science Festival
H.E. Al Nuaimi: ‘We look forward to one of the best editions’

 

Albuainain: ‘We anticipate yet another successful event’

November 09, 2017 – Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council has inaugurated the 7th edition of the Abu Dhabi Science Festival (ADSF) at Khalifa Park. Running until November 18, 2017 the festival will feature 71 fun-filled, educating and engaging activities designed to spark the curiosity of children in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

 

H.H. Sheikh Nahyan toured Khalifa Park which is hosting ADSF’s activities for the first time alongside returning venue Al Ain Zoo. He was accompanied by H.E. Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK); Mr. Adel Ahmed Albuainain, Chief Executive Officer of Dolphin Energy Limited; Dr. Yousef AlShaiba Alsheryani, Advisor to ADEK’s Chairman; Eng. Sanad Humaid Ahmed, Vice Chairman of ADEK’s Innovation Committee; and other senior officials from the festival’s main sponsors.
During the tour, ADEK’s Chairman emphasized H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s support in creating an innovative and knowledge based society, one that releases individual potential through engaging youth and the community at large in educational, yet entertaining activities and projects. “It is a privilege to inaugurate ADSF this year in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, which just goes to show the nation’s high aspirations in the development of its youth. It is events such as the ADSF that draws in more enthusiasm towards science, technology and innovation, which could not have been possible to accomplish without our nations prudent and wise guidance, leadership and vision. I want to take the opportunity to express my gratitude towards the endless support we have received from ADEK’s strategic partners, who continue to add credibility, memorable experiences and learning opportunities to our youth.”
Anticipating another successful event, Mr. Albuainain said: “We are very excited about this year’s event and are looking forward to welcoming many thousands of young visitors, along with their teachers and parents over the next 10 days. The new location and the new attractions and activities will help to produce a Festival that will be the best offering yet. The blend of fun, excitement and intrigue is a great way for children to learn about STEM subjects. We hope it will inspire their first steps to a future in either science, technology, engineering or mathematics.”
The award-winning Abu Dhabi Science Festival has been attended by over half a million visitors and supported by more than 50 sponsors since its launch in 2011. More than 40 per cent of the 2017 edition’s content is provided by local science education organizations. Its balanced blend of interactive exhibits, lively workshops and entertaining shows primarily target children aged five years old and above.
ADEK has coordinated with 15 universities and academic and scientific institutions across the UAE to be part of the event. More than 1,000 higher education students are volunteering to present the festival, with a number being ADSF alumni who are best suited to deliver workshops and shows in an engaging and distinctive manner. The organizers of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, one of Europe’s largest science festivals, helped design and develop ADSF 2017’s overall content.
ADEK is organizing the 7th annual Abu Dhabi Science Festival in collaboration with major government and private entities such as Dolphin Energy Limited (Presenting Sponsor), Mubadala and Emirates Transport (Affiliate Sponsors), Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Content
Sponsor), Abu Dhabi Media (Exclusive Media Partner), Marina Mall and Dalma Mall (Mall Partners) and several local universities.

 

Interested parties can obtain festival information, book workshops and purchase tickets electronically via ADSF’s website, www.abudhabisciencefestival.ae, or through a new downloadable official ‘ADSF’ mobile app. 

The Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority participates in the Sharjah International Book Fair 2017

SCTDA launches three new books on tourism and architecture in Sharjah at the 36thInternational Sharjah Book Fair

 

H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa: The Authority confirms its dedication to providing the best information and services to visitors

 

Sharjah, November 5, 2017

 

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) is participating in the 36th Sharjah International Book Fair which started on November 1 and will run till November 11 at Sharjah Expo Center.  The Sharjah International Book Fair is the fourth largest book fair in the world, attracted 2.6 million visitors last year from the region and around the world.

 

 

During the event this year, the Authority exhibits in a pavilion showcasing the sophisticated design of Sharjah’s cultural and tourism offerings, where SCTDA launched three books; ‘Sharjah’s Architectural Splendour’, which gives prominence to the landmarks of Sharjah with impressive images and information on these architectural highlights in Arabic and English; ‘Sharjah Visitor’s Guide’ – a mini guide for tourists detailing all of Sharjah’s landmarks, attractions and events with up-to-date maps and information in both Arabic and English, and the ‘Sharjah Destination Toolkit’ a comprehensive overview of Sharjah in English geared towards tourism industry professionals.

 

 

H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, commented that the Authority is keen to participate in the Sharjah International Book Fair, which has become one of the largest cultural exhibitions in the region and enhances the emirate’s status as a leading destination for organizing and establishing major international enriching events. 
    
His Excellency also noted that with the launch of three new books, the Authority substantiates its dedication to providing the best information and services to the visitors of the Emirate as well as to the travel and tourism operators that organize trips and packages to Sharjah. The books disseminate information and provide images of the Emirate’s most prominent architectural, cultural and tourist attractions.

 

The Chairman added that the exhibition is an ideal opportunity to promote the events and festivals organized by the Authority during the upcoming period, notably the U.I.M. F1H2O World Championship 2017 – Sharjah Grand Prix 2017 and the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship 2017 taking place in December as well as the prominent Sharjah Light Festival in February.

 

Al Midfa pointed out that SCTDA coordinated with hotel establishments the arrangements to welcome the delegations of participants and visitors prior to the launch of the exhibition to ensure they are provided with the best services and facilities during their stay in the Emirate.

 

Themed ‘A World Inside My Book,’ the forthcoming 36th edition of SIBF will see the participation of 1,650 publishing houses from 60 countries. More than 1.5 million titles will be on display throughout the 11-day celebration of literature, knowledge and culture. Spread across 14,625 square meters, this year’s edition will feature 393 celebrated guests from 48 countries who will take part in more than 2,600 events.   

 

The Sharjah International Book Fair is the largest of its kind in the Middle East, a registered member of a number of international organizations such as the Afro-Asian Books Council and the Arab Publishers Association and is recognized by the International Publishers Association. It is a unique annual opportunity for publishers, distributors, authors and senior organizers of international exhibitions to come together and exchange information and experiences.

 

GETEX Autumn 2017

GETEX Autumn 2017 opens doors to more than 5,000 learners keen to take up higher education

 

Leading education event throws spotlight on occupational & industrial skills, continuing education & professional development

 

November 1, 2017 – Gulf Education and Training Exhibition (GETEX) Autumn Edition 2017, the latest edition of the leading student recruitment platform in the Middle East and Asia, has opened today (Wednesday, November 1, 2017) at Hall 5 of the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre to help more than 5,000 learners around the region find the right educational choice from over 600 courses.

 

 

The region’s most trusted event for higher education features a wide variety of study streams from over 50 regional and international universities located in eight countries, which are set to open their admissions between November 2017 and April 2018. The courses are focused on occupational and industrial skills, continuing education courses and other professional development offerings.

 

 

Anselm Godinho, Managing Director, IC&E and organizer of GETEX, said: “We are excited to present to students and parents the range of new courses and career options they can choose from in this year’s Autumn Edition of GETEX. Universities are here to address student’s concerns and present their course options to learners aspiring to study further. Admissions officers and education counselors are ready to offer them career guidance on the appropriate program, including advice on scholarship opportunities.”

 

Date and Timings for GETEX Autumn 2017
Wednesday, 1st November 2017:  10:00  to 14:00  and  18:00 to 21:00
Thursday, 2nd November 2017:  10:00 to 14:00  and  18:00 to 21:00
Friday, 3rd November 2017:  15:00 to 21:00

Entrance to the show is free. For more information, please visit: http://www.mygetex.com/