Emirates News Agency – The ‘One Million Arab Coders’ initiative encapsulates Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision on empowering young Arabs with coding skills

DUBAI, May 8, 2022 (WAM)-Since the launch in 2017 of the One Million Arab Coders initiative by the Vice President, Prime Minister and Governor of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, programmers, Arab scholars and entrepreneurs and technology specialists have experienced years of extraordinary growth.

Over the years, the initiative has yielded results that reflect the optimistic vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. It succeeded in bringing together experienced trainers from the world’s leading software science and advanced technology to train participants from approximately 80 countries, beginning with a journey of five million hours of study and jobs, 76,000 training workshops and 100,000 capstone projects.

The results of the ‘One Million Arab Coders’ Challenge will be announced this week, with six software projects developed by young Arabs from around the world competing for the grand prize of $ 1 million, thanks to programming skills acquired they in their participation in the initiative.

Led by the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) and positioned under the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), the initiative is the largest of its kind in the world aimed at teaching programming to one million young people in the Arab world. , and enable them to launch unique projects and programs to serve Arab societies.

The initiative has become a tool for building effective international partnerships and a pillar of His Majesty Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s efforts to revitalize Arab culture. When the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world, the initiative was a leading platform for future innovative solutions to health, business and community cohesion.

From its inception, the initiative was based on practical foundations, offering free training to young Arab participants, in collaboration with the best international technology companies, to refine their skills, enrich their knowledge, their capacities and strengthen their expertise in advanced science.

The initiative took place in three stages, the first of which began with worldwide registration of Arab students and trainers through the website. Subsequently, participants received a certificate of completion of the educational program, allowing them to participate in the “One Million Arab Coders” challenge.

The One Million Arab Coders Challenge is the second phase of the initiative. It is held at the end of each course to select the top 1,000 qualified participants to enroll in an advanced course in the field of programming, with a series of important financial prizes awarded to the talented at this stage.

In the third stage, the best programmers were selected and rewarded with financial prizes, and the best trainers were also selected to receive financial prizes for their role in supporting the initiative in achieving its goals.

The initiative has succeeded in providing the world with a pioneering model for strengthening programming skills. It was adopted in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan with the launch of the “One Million Jordanian Coders” initiative in May 2019. The “One Million Uzbek Coders” initiative, in collaboration with 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 challenges that have arisen due to the coronavirus outbreak, such as access to health, education, social services. solidarity and start -up support -UPS.

Teams consist of two to five members presenting their solutions, and the judging panel selects the top 15 teams and evaluates their projects based on prototype work, economic feasibility, user experience, and cost. implementation. The solutions were presented to a DFF committee, which selected five winning projects and awarded them a total of $ 50,000.

The first five projects are: “Sanad” by Farah Mahdi Khudhair, “3al Faraza” by Eman Wagdy Selim, “Help the Poor” by Mohamed Sobhy Abdelmageed, “Tammeni” by Awad Abou Si’ah and “Said Landmine Alert”. Marwan Al-Hakimi.

As part of this initiative, 32 interactive sessions were held, led by expert programmers and other specialists as part of the Coders Talk series aimed at introducing technology enthusiasts to the latest global IT trends. Sessions cover many different topics, such as artificial intelligence, computer science, software engineering, e-commerce, data analytics, programming language, e-security, machine learning, cloud computing, electronic applications, Internet of Things and communications.

International experts leading the sessions included Udacity Chairman and Co-Founder, Stanford University Computer Science Professor and Dubai Future Academy Board Member, Sebastian Thrun; full-stack software developer at MitchDesigns, Omar Abdelkader; CTO, Principal Architect and Senior Software Engineer at Cognitev, Al Sayed Gamal; the STC Engineer, Mohamed Abo-Shosha; Eng. software by Trella, Mohamed Osama; Code.org founder and CEO Hadi Partovi; Microsoft’s senior cloud attorney, Rory Preddy; Microsoft Cloud Developer Advocate, Ayça Baş; and Mashreq Bank Deputy Vice President Maha Ashour, in addition to several alumni of the initiative from around the world.

Marking a new milestone for the initiative, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid in July 2021 invited graduates to develop innovative software based on the skills and experience they gained throughout their participation in the program, as part of a technology competition the largest of its kind in the region. The winning project will be honored with a grand prize of $ 1 million, and five finalists will receive $ 50,000 each.

With its platform of more than 3,600 certified trainers from around the world, the initiative since its launch has provided more than 1,000 nanodegrees to the remaining participants and supported those who want to learn programming.

Translated by: Mervat Mahmoud.

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