Dubai Metro app wins Microsoft challenge
Over 250 developers entered Microsoft’s Tech Out competition
UAE-based developer Tarek Atiek has won the Microsoft Gulf Tech Out developer competition with his Dubai Metro application.
Atiek took the first place prize of a trip for two to the Seychelles.
Over 250 developers took part in the Microsoft Tech Out competition, which was designed to encourage local developers to build applications specifically relevant to the UAE market. After
Atiek's Dubai Metro App was selected from the entries based on its usability, creativity and significance to the local market.
"Microsoft is always eager to encourage innovation particularly amongst aspiring developers. We are pleased that the competition has generated all this interest from participants across the country. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Tareq and thank everyone who registered to take part in the competition and congratulate the winner who has developed a very exciting and meaningful application for UAE residents using the power of the Windows 7 platform. Undoubtedly this app will help improve the quality of life of Dubai's metro travelers," said Michael Mansour, director for Developer and Platform Technologies for Microsoft Gulf.
The Dubai Metro Application is built on the Windows 7 platform and is designed to allow users to map their route through Dubai on-board the metro on their Windows Phone.
"We are excited about the winning Dubai Metro Application and the potential it has to improve the quality of life for residents of the UAE. We will continue to engage developers in 2012, by equipping them with the right tools, opportunities, knowledge and infrastructure that will enable them to foster an innovative mind set and harness their skills," said Samer Abu Ltaif, general manager Microsoft Gulf.
Microsoft Gulf is also hosting the Gulf Open Door developer conference in February in Qatar. The event aims to educate a large audience of developers, IT Professionals and Business Leaders around the latest application innovation and platforms.