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Dubai calls on Arab coders to tackle Covid-19 challenges

Dubai Future Foundation will select 5 award winning projects with a total value of $50,000.

Dubai calls on Arab coders to tackle Covid-19 challenges

The initiative will see Arab coders develop solutions to enhance access to healthcare services and education, as well as support social solidarity and start-ups. 

In a bid to encourage coders to develop solutions to tackle Covid-19 challenges, the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) has launched the “One Million Arab Coders” hackathon.

The initiative will see Arab coders develop solutions to enhance access to healthcare services and education, as well as support social solidarity and start-ups. 

It will offer participants the opportunity to highlight their ideas and showcase their skills in coding.

“The launch of the One Million Arab Coders COVID-19 Hackathon comes as part of DFF’s efforts to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai,” according to Abdulaziz AlJaziri, Deputy CEO and COO of DFF. 

“And his belief that a strong knowledge-based economy is one that promotes continues learning, creativity and innovation, as well as empowers youth to develop their talents in all fields, including coding, this to contribute to the development of the nation.” 

Coders can present their innovative solutions through the website www.omachack.com by April 25th, with teams made up of 2 to 5 members.

The initial evaluation stage will begin after the application process is closed and will be headed by a specialised committee comprising experts from various government agencies, technology companies, research centers and academic institutions. 

They will then review the ideas submitted and selected 30 of the best teams to move to the next stage. 

The qualified teams will work with a group of supervisors through virtual meetings to prepare prototypes for the project ideas, and proceed by sending the final details on the technologies used, a two-minute demonstration video and a detailed explanation of the support they will need following the completion of the hackathon.

The jury will select the best 15 teams and evaluate their projects based on the pitch quality in terms of prototype work, economic feasibility, user experience and cost of implementation. 

A DFF committee will then select 5 award winning projects with a total value of $50,000. 

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