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DIC to host developer competition

Dubai Internet City to hold Decode Dubai competition to encourage innovation

DIC to host developer competition
The competition will support innovation in the UAE, says Al Suwaidi.

Dubai Internet City has announced a new tech developer competition, called ‘Decode Dubai', which will be held on 24th January 2015.

The competition has been devised, according to DIC, to support the new innovation vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Decode Dubai will bring together more than 80 tech entrepreneurs and developers who will compete in groups to solve problems and provide solutions by building mobile and web apps around the theme of ‘improving the lives of Dubai residents through public services'.

Winners will be selected by a judging panel, with a grand cash prize of 20,000 AED for the winning team. There will also be cash prizes for the runners up, and the three winning teams will be supported and mentored by the in5 innovation centre.  

Majed Al Suwaidi, managing director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone said: "Innovation and entrepreneurship play a fundamental role in achieving growth across different business sectors in the UAE, and ‘Decode Dubai' falls within the framework of our commitment to promote and support the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his new innovation strategy. The event is a reiteration of the importance of the new innovation initiatives for the tech ecosystem, and the competition will ignite ideas, nurture talent, and develop new products.

"Today we have over 70 companies in our in5 innovation centre, with more than 500 applicants and ideas. Decode Dubai will bring together developers to pioneer innovative solutions, and this will support our continued efforts to facilitate innovation and empower entrepreneurs going forward."

The winner and runners-up will be announced on 25th January 2015.

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