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Abu Dhabi University wins mobile app contest

Nine universities across the Gulf participated in KUSTAR's fifth annual Mobile Application Contest

The winning teams pose with the contest judging committee and representatives.
The winning teams pose with the contest judging committee and representatives.

Students from Abu Dhabi University have won the regional Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) Mobile Application Contest, walking away with cash prize of AED 50,000 for their road safety application.

The ‘Driver Riskometer' entry by students Rayan Esam, Hala Saleh and Mariam Aljabri demonstrated the risk levels associated with using a mobile phone while driving. It works by measuring the car speeds using GPS technology along with the intensity of phone usage - including calls and SMS messages - and alerting the driver to the danger he faces.

Students from the same university also secured second place at the 2010 KUSTAR MAC competition with ‘iRemote' - an application that allows a person to remotely control PowerPoint Slides by calculating the velocities of different signs and gestures of the human body. The developers behind the entry, Hiba Abu-Seedo, Eman Obaid and Ekhlas Qasem were awarded AED 20,000 by sponsors Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development for their efforts.

KUSTAR student Faisal Al Amiri was given AED 10,000 for winning third place with his ‘Sign Language' project that translated text entered into a phone as a text message to short Arabic sign language, aiding people with hearing disabilities.

Zayed University students Fatima Ateeq Al Qubaisi, Sara Ahmed Al Thahli and Sumaya Eissa Al Mansouri won AED 5,000 for coming fourth in the competition with ‘Maza', an application that provided Zayed University students easier access to the university's various e-services.

Students from nine universities across Middle East participated in this year's MAC competition, showcasing15 innovative projects in the mobile phone applications field. 

"I would like to congratulate the winning students in this year's exciting competition. The standard of the applications entered reflects the significant progress made by UAE university students, which in turn reveals the evolution of higher education in the UAE" said  KUSTAR's Interim president, Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi.

The Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development will now be working with the winners to help develop their ideas and applications, with executive chairman Dr. Ahmed Khalil Al Mutawa hinting at the possibility of also providing funding to the most promising entries.