Emirates News Agency – One Million Arab Coders Initiative embodies Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision for young Arabs to learn coding skills

DUBAI, May 8, 2022 (WAM) – Since 2017, when Dubai’s Vice President, Prime Minister and Governor, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktum, programmers, Arab scientists and businessmen launched the One Million Arab Coders initiative. and technology professionals have experienced years of outstanding growth.

Over the years, the initiative has produced results that reflect the foresight of His Majesty Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. It brought together experienced trainers from the world’s leading software science and advanced technologies to train participants from around 80 countries, embarking on a journey of five million hours of training and work, 76,000 training seminars and 100,000 key projects.

The results of the One Million Arab Coders challenge will be announced this week, and six software projects developed by young Arabs from around the world will compete for the top prize of $ 1 million for the programming skills they learned through the Arab program. initiative.

Led by the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) and led by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), the initiative was the largest of its kind in the world to teach programming to one million young people in the Arab world. and to enable them to launch outstanding projects and programs for the benefit of Arab societies.

The initiative has become a tool for effective international partnerships and the efforts of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to revive Arab culture. When the COVID-19 pandemic took over the world, the initiative was the leading platform for innovative future solutions in the areas of health, entrepreneurship and community solidarity.

Since its inception, the initiative has been based on a practical foundation, offering free training to new Arab participants in collaboration with the best international technology companies to improve their skills, knowledge, capacity and knowledge in advanced science.

The initiative took place in three phases, the first of which started with the registration of Arabic students and teachers around the world via the website. Participants then received a certificate at the end of the training program, which allowed them to take part in the “One Million Arabic Coders” challenge.

The One Million Arab Coders Challenge is the second phase of the initiative. This took place at the end of each course to select the 1000 best qualified participants to register for the specialized programming courses, and those who excelled at this stage were awarded a number of valuable financial prizes.

In the third stage, the best programmers were selected and awarded financial prizes, as well as the best trainers who received financial prizes for their role in supporting the initiative in achieving its goals.

The initiative succeeded in providing the world with an innovative model for improving programming skills. It was adopted in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan with the launch of the One Million Jordan Encoders initiative in May 2019. The “One Million Uzbek Encoders” initiative in cooperation between the governments of the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Uzbekistan was also announced in November 2019.

In April 2020, the DFF launched the One Million Arab Coders Covid-19 Hackathon to inspire Arab coders around the world to develop innovative solutions to the challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak, such as access to health care, education and social services. solidarity and support for business start-ups.

The teams consisted of two to five participants who presented their solutions, and the jury selected the 15 best teams and evaluated their projects based on prototype work, economic feasibility, user experience and implementation costs. The solutions were presented to the DFF committee, which selected the five winning projects and awarded them a total of $ 50,000.

The first five projects were: Fara Mahdi Khudhair’s “Sanad”, Emana Vagdija Selima’s “3al Faraza”, Mohammed Soby’s Abdelmageda’s “Help the Poor”, Avada Abu Si’ah’s “Tammeni” and “Said Landmine Alert”. Marvans Al-Hakimi.

The initiative included 32 interactive sessions led by expert programmers and other professionals in the Coders Talk series, which aims to introduce technology enthusiasts to the latest global IT trends. The sessions cover a variety of topics, such as artificial intelligence, computer science, software engineering, e-commerce, data analytics, programming languages, e-security, machine learning, cloud computing, electronic applications, the Internet of Things, and communications.

The international experts who chaired the sessions were Sebastian Thruns, Chairman and Co-Founder of Udacity, Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and Board Member of the Future Academy of Dubai; full-time software developer at MitchDesigns, Omar Abdelkader; CTO, Chief Architect and Senior Software Engineer at Cognitev, Al Sayed Gamal; STC engineer Mohamed Abo-Shosha; Inž. software at Trella, Mohamed Osama; Hadi Partovi, Founder and CEO of Code.org; Roriy Predy, senior cloud attorney at Microsoft; Cloud Developer Advocate Microsoft, Ayça Baş; and Maha Ashour, vice president of Mashreq Bank, as well as several alumni from around the world.

Marking a new milestone in the initiative, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid in July 2021 called on graduates to develop innovative software based on the skills and experience they have gained through participating in the program as part of the largest technology competition. in this type of region. The winning project will be honored with a grand prize of $ 1 million, with five finalists receiving $ 50,000 each.

Using a platform of more than 3,600 certified trainers from around the world, the initiative has awarded more than 1,000 nano-degrees to outstanding participants and supported those who wanted to learn programming.

Translated by Mervat Mahmoud.

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