By Neil King
New sub-fund set up to help support UAE nationals to develop mobile phone applications
A new sub-fund has been announced to help support UAE nationals to develop mobile phone applications that support government services.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, instructed Dubai SME to set up the fund primarily to help UAE nationals develop the new software, which would support the initiative to transform the UAE into a mobile government within two years.
The ‘SeedApp’ fund was launched by Abdul Basset Al Janahi, CEO of Dubai SME, who said the fund will encourage creativity among UAE citizens.
“Dubai SME and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Fund have been focusing on creating platforms for UAE nationals to deploy and advance their entrepreneurial skills and innovative spirit,” he said.
“Through the SeedApp fund we are inviting all nationals to join the nation’s complete evolution into a knowledge-driven and internationally best service environment.”
The fund will provide 60 percent of the cost of developing the application to each entrepreneur, including the cost of testing the app and creating a company in the Dubai SME business incubator.
As a American born Muslim, Silicon ValleyÂ vet,Â software engineer and digital health entrepreneur in the UAE. I'm forced to comment on, a significant structural flaw in most technology based initiatives in the UAE. The harsh reality is no matter how many AEDs are made available in 'National only' programs, the creation of the ecosystem necessary to support and develop the Nationals will never be a reality unless programs are more inclusive. Frankly, the calculus and the history of the issue confirms.Â The numbers of Nationals currently in S.T.E.M. secondary education and practitioners in the space just aren't enough to support a "National only' approach in the creation of a vibrant sustainable intellectual property (IP) generating ecosystem. Silicon Valley was not created by hoisting the sign AMERICANS ONLY when it started it's ascent as the leader in technology and innovation. Creativity follows mastery of the basics. Encourage basics 1st and the creativity will come, insha'Allah!