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University mobile apps contest back for sixth edition

Khalifa University to host Mobile Application Contest 2011

University mobile apps contest back for sixth edition
The MAC contest challenges students to develop applications.

Khalifa University is to host the sixth edition of its mobile application development competition for students.

The Mobile Application Contest 2011 (MAC) challenges students from across the UAE to develop mobile applications.

For this year's contest, participants will be developing applications based on Android, using Nokia's Qt Development Kit. The event is hosted by the Computer Engineering Department at Khalifa University and is sponsored by the Khalifa Fund, the UAE TRA, Nokia, Emirates Advanced Investments, and RIM.

Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi said: "The mobile application competition which is organised by Khalifa University, now in its sixth consecutive year offers an opportunity to unveil new innovative applications which are created by students in the UAE. Over the past few years we have witnessed the development of practical, creative applications which have been adopted by institutions as well as being marketed commercially.

"The high standard of previous years' competitors reflects the significant progress made by UAE universities' students, which in turn reveals the evolution of higher education in the UAE. We at Khalifa University are delighted to support this competition once again. MAC offers participating students a nurturing environment where they get to expand their creativity and scientific knowledge. Through this competition, students gain access to the latest scientific innovations and the basic skills required for their future scientific careers," he added.

Dr Ahmed Khalil Al-Mutawwa CEO of Khalifa Fund added: "Thanks to the sponsorship by the Khalifa Fund, this year's contest offered to participating students an online CISCO entrepreneurship course titled ‘How to start a business'. The Fund will continue to support all activities that develop and promote entrepreneurial spirit and cultural innovation in different sectors of society."

Al-Mutawwa added: "Initiatives like Mac 2011, which is being lead by Khalifa University aims to motivate youth and encourage their creativity and hard work to formulate and develop creative ideas which will positively reflect on the performance of the economy of the United Arab Emirates."

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