DEWA launches app developer competition for college students
Utility offers AED120,000 in prizes for App Master challenge in bid to promote energy conservation
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched a competition for university students that will challenge them to develop a mobile app for users as young as seven years, in a bid to promote awareness of resource sustainability issues.
The App Master challenge is open to all university students in the UAE until 31 March 2015.
DEWA intends to use the winning apps to "promote environmental awareness and a culture of energy and water conservation in society", according to a statement released by the utility.
"This App Master competition supports marking 2015 the Year of Innovation... as part of our strategy to support sustainable development," said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA. "The competition also supports our strategy to enhance social development and raise awareness on rational consumption of energy and water resources, especially among the next generation."
DEWA is making AED120,000 available for prizes. Briefing sessions for contestants will be conducted to make them aware of the Smart Services Delivery Excellence Model adopted by Dubai Smart Government.
Prizes will be awarded to five winners at a ceremony in June. The first prize is AED50,000 and a job interview for a place in DEWA's technology team. Second prize is AED30,000, third place will receive AED20,000, and fourth- and fifth-placed contestants will receive AED10,000 each.
Submitted apps have to be original and true works of the participant, not copyrighted or patented by a third party. All apps should be free from technical faults, and easy to use by seven-year-olds and above. The apps have to support both iOS and Android operating systems. Participants must send all source code to DEWA on a USB stick to PO Box 564 Dubai for evaluation.
Registration and more information is available on DEWA's website.