HBMSU marks next stage of Emirati Programmer Initiative

Ninety-six UAE nationals complete developer training, will now enter Hackathon

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HBMSU marks next stage of Emirati Programmer Initiative HE Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim (centre) meeting young programmers.
By  Mark Sutton Published  May 20, 2017

HBMSU has announced the finalists for the Emirati Programmer Initiative, in a ceremony at the HBMSU campus.

Ninety-six young programmers have successfully completed the first three stages of the program, which aims to train Emiratis in computer programming. The 96 will now proceed to the hackathon stage of the competition.

The Emirati Programmer Initiative is a collaboration between the Emirates Talent Association, HBMSU, and Microsoft. The program has included training from HBMSU in game and application design. Participants have developed their skills in a number of different programming environments, such as Microsoft's Kodu Game Lab, Apple's Swift and Google's Blockly; and have also had access to specialised training courses through HBMSU's Cloud Campus Platform.

HE Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai, Chairman of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University's (HBMSU) Board of Governors, and Chairman of the Emirates Talent Association attended the event to announce the next stage of the competition.

"The training of the participants of the Emirati Programmer to compete in the Hackathon demonstrates the UAE's strong desire to invest in promising talents in the field of innovation, entrepreneurship and knowledge," Khalfan commented.

"The Emirati Programmer' has become important in the process of re-shaping the future of teaching and learning by using educational and academic methods based on creativity, innovation and smart technology. We are confident that this initiative will create a generation of national leaders who are capable of leading technological development in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, inspiring us to be persistent and competent in taking up challenges with his saying that ‘There is no race more important and exciting than human race'.

"There is no doubt that the success of the program in qualifying 96 talents to be part of Hackathon was the result of a strong partnership between the Emirates Talent Association, HBMSU and Microsoft. The chief aim here is to invest in national talents, which is in line with the objectives of the National Innovation Strategy to develop and nurture highly skilled individuals in the field of innovation-- bringing the UAE to the top ten most innovative countries in the world by year 2021. We appreciate the efforts of our partners, parents, talented people and volunteers to make this program a success that we are proud of, as it is based on the move to enhance technological innovation and cognitive curiosity and enable youth to contribute in shaping the development, renaissance, and growth in the 21st century."

The event also included a showcase of the talents of young programmers who took place in the Expo Programming initiative. This program, which was open to children from 7 to 15 years of age, included training in programming, game design, robotics, application development, and more.

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