‘One Million Arab Coders’ initiative embodies Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision of empowering young Arabs with coding skills

DUBAI, 8th May, 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 exceptional growth.

Within a few years, the initiative has yielded results that reflect the forward-looking vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. It succeeded in bringing together experienced trainers from the world’s top software science and advanced technologies to train participants from around 80 countries, embarking on a journey with five million hours of study and work, 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 the programming skills they acquired during 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 was 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 outstanding projects and programs in the service of Arab societies.

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

From its inception, the initiative was based on practical foundations, offering free training to young Arab participants, in cooperation 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 phases, the first of which began with the worldwide registration of Arab students and trainers through the website. Subsequently, participants received a certificate at the end of the educational program, allowing them to participate in the “One Million Arab Coders” challenge.

The One Million Arab Coders Challenge is the second stage of the initiative. It was 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 valuable financial prizes awarded to those who excel at this stage.

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

The initiative succeeded in providing the world with a pioneering model for boosting 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 partnership 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 challenges that have emerged due to the coronavirus outbreak, such as the access to health services, education, social solidarity and start-up support -UPS.

Teams comprised of two to five members presenting their solutions, and the judging panel selected the top 15 teams and evaluated their projects based on prototype work, economic feasibility, user experience, and cost of 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 were: “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”. by 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 which aims to introduce tech enthusiasts to the latest global IT trends. Sessions cover a wide 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.

International experts headlining 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 Engineer at the STC, Mohamed Abo-Shosha; Eng. software at Trella, Mohamed Osama; Code.org founder and CEO Hadi Partovi; senior cloud attorney at Microsoft, Rory Preddy; Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft, 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 have acquired throughout their participation in the program, in as part of a technology competition that is 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.

Through its platform of more than 3,600 certified trainers from around the world, the initiative has since its launch awarded more than 1,000 nanodegrees to outstanding participants and supported those who wanted to learn programming.

Translated by: Mervat Mahmoud.

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