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TDRA Announces the “UAE Hackathon 2022” Winners

07/03/2022

H.E. Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development: We are all aware of the great role of the UAE Hackathon in encouraging and promoting a culture of creativity and innovation among all groups of the UAE society.

H.E. Eng. Majed Sultan Al Mesmar: My message to the contestants is to consider the Hackathon experience as an incentive to continue the journey, because your real reward is the experience, let it fuel your tireless pursuit to achieve your dreams.

2162 participants including entrepreneurs, experts, university students and school students.
190 inspirational ideas

UAE – 7 March 2022

The UAE Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) announced the winners of the UAE Hackathon 2022, which was held for the fifth consecutive year under the slogan “Data for Happiness and Wellbeing”. The announcement took place during the closing ceremony held at the University City Hall of Sharjah, in the presence of H.E. Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, H.E. Eng. Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, TDRA Director General, and members of the participating teams.

The Hackathon, which was held this year with the support of the Ministry of Community Development represented by the National Program for Happiness and Wellbeing, is one of the largest competitions that drive innovation in the UAE, as it motivates university and school students, government employees, entrepreneurs, thinkers and creators to participate in designing the future, by providing innovative solutions to the challenges faced by various government and public entities and institutions in the UAE, using open data available through the UAE official open data portal (Bayanat.ae), and by relying on emerging technologies.

The Hackathon competition included three categories this year. In the school students’ category, the Meta edu team won first place, while the Change Makers team won second place, and the third place went to metaHumans.

In the university students’ category, the UAEPixel team won first place, while the second place went to the Pause team, and the third place went to the surgical technology team.

In the Entrepreneurs category, the HCMS.ai team won first place, while the second place went to the Unitors team, and the Dakher team won third place.

In her opening speech, H.E. Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, highlighted the importance of cooperation and integration between the Ministry of Community Development through the National Program for Happiness and Wellbeing, and TDRA within the framework of data for happiness and wellbeing. She said: “We are all aware of the great role of the UAE Hackathon in encouraging and promoting a culture of creativity and innovation among all groups of UAE society, as well as its active and positive role in supporting the innovation system at the state level, which is increasing every year at all levels, starting with government and federal entities, through universities, academic institutions, private sector institutions, and ending with individuals.”

In turn, H.E. Eng. Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, TDRA Director General, said: “The Hackathon purpose has never been to start a competition and conclude it with speeches, prizes and celebrations, which, despite their importance, do not match the value of the fruitful ideas that participants in the Hackathon develop, and turn into projects that serve people and meet their needs in various aspect of life. I tell you this is only the beginning.Consider the Hackathon experience as an incentive to continue the journey, because your real reward is the experience, let it fuel your tireless pursuit to achieve your dreams. Do not look at the world through the lens of success and failure. Failure is not necessarily the opposite of success, as failure may be the inevitable path to success. You have many examples of global success stories that have been achieved through a path full of failed experiences.”

Great participation

During the Hackathon, Abu Dhabi received the greatest percentage of participants with 27% of the overall participants, followed by Dubai 23%, Sharjah 15.50%, then Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain. The total number of participants reached 2,162, including entrepreneurs, expert, university students and school students from all over the country. The female participation rate reached 57% compared to the male participation, which amounted to 43%, noting that the university students’ category ranked first in terms of participants’ number, followed by the startups category and then the school students’ category.

In a related context, TDRA clarified that innovative solutions based on blockchain technologies ranked first among the list of participating ideas, followed by artificial intelligence, then applications of big data and data analysis. In terms of the number of ideas, the use of Internet of Things, Metaverse, Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies was equal.

In its fifth edition, the “UAE Hackathon” included 41 challenges that were presented by federal and local authorities under a set of main themes in the development system, the most important of which are Agile & Proactive Digital Government, Better Financial Services using FinTech, Resilience of Digital Economy & Investment, Shaping Smart Sustainable Cities, Innovative World-Class Knowledge & Skills, Happy & Cohesive Society, and Communication in the Digital Age.

TDRA indicated that the 12-day training and orientation period was characterized by around-the-clock interaction on the Hackathon platform or the Slack application of the Hackathon community. The training activities varied between technical workshops, mentoring sessions, and training sessions in areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. The number of sessions and workshops reached more than 42 workshops presented by 22 experts from major tech companies such as Google, Ericsson, Hair Technologies, du, and SAS, as well as international institutions such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

190 inspirational ideas

The creative ideas included in the evaluation phase reached 190 ideas evaluated over 4 days by 23 judges. The largest share went to the universities category with 116 ideas, followed by the startups and entrepreneurs’ category with 39 ideas, the schools’ category with 35 ideas. The top 30 ideas were selected from all the ideas presented in the three categories.

the UAE Hackathon aims to unveil agile innovative solutions that adapt with the successive changes of the digital revolution and modern technology tools, to enhance the role of the business sector in achieving national development goals.

Emma Swonson

“This HCMS partnership will create measurable value through high impact digital talent initiatives and job-ready skills for the labor market,” “Extending the scale of Udacity to reach more people in the region has the potential to create massive returns for individuals, enterprises, and nations.”

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The 1st Prize in H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed for the best research in HR.

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“Analyzing the UAE and GCC Job Market reliability for a Transition from an Oil/Gas based Energy Economy towards a Renewable Energy Economy”

07/03/2022

Abdulla Mohammed Alshimmaria* , Armin Alibasica, Mohammed Atif Omara

 

Introduction

Abdulla Mohammed Alshimmaria* , Armin Alibasica, Mohammed Atif OmaraAbdulla Mohammed Alshimmaria* , Armin Alibasica, Mohammed Atif Omarahe conventional fossil fuel based economy, the transition of such technologies results in structural inequality, unemployment and social imbalance [2]. In a certain economic setting where a disruptive technology is taking over another one, it is very valuable for decision makers, employers, managers and firms to set a standardized data about the skills and attributes of occupations in order for them to access the information related to the requirements of the emerging job market [3]. Taking the RE industry job market as an example, a recent report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows that there are 10.3 million jobs in 2017 with a growth of 5.3% [4]. The review also reveals that 3.4 million of these jobs are in the solar industry, which shows how important that field is, and so, the skills sets needed for this job is also important for the employees. However, the report did not show details about the UAE nor the GCC job market. Also on the other hand, the UAE and GCC lack the database which identifies the occupational tittles and the related skills sets needed for each occupation. The frame of reference in this research is O*NET, which is a publicly available database for examining the changes occur in occupational skill composition and to identify significant skill categories. O*NET has been used by many researchers, the analyses provided by O*NET proved to be very useful to have an understanding on how the skills and abilities required for each job have been affected by technological advancements. Several of these studies have been centered around the changes in the in the composition of jobs themselves (intensive margin) [2,5,6]. While other analysis of the extensive margin (focuses on changes over the demand and distribution of jobs) is also of interest to several researchers. However, the format which O*NET has is less appropriate when it comes to the extensive analysis method. The reason is that O*NET is designed to characterize the skills required for different jobs, and does not characterize the demand or prevalence of those jobs. As an example, “Software Developer” and “Project Manager” would be both shown in a single line within O*NET database and will be given the same weight, yet companies tend to employ much more developers compared to project managers. Another limitation to the O*NET database is that it was developed for the USA job market, which may contains specified-to-the-US terms and job titles, which puts boundaries to the applicability of O*NET on an international level of usage.

Emma Swonson

“This HCMS partnership will create measurable value through high impact digital talent initiatives and job-ready skills for the labor market,” “Extending the scale of Udacity to reach more people in the region has the potential to create massive returns for individuals, enterprises, and nations.”

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HCMS.ai Recognized As 1 of Top 4 Emerging Technology Startups In The UAE.

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"Economy" honors the winners of the "SkillUp Compete" competition

06/08/2022

In partnership -with “Education”, “Higher Technology” and a number of universities in the country

The Ministry of Economy honored the winners of the “SkillUp Compete” competition, which it launched in November 2021, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Colleges of Technology, with the participation of many universities in the country, and in cooperation with the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab. The competition is part of the initiatives of the “SkillUp Academy”, which in turn represents one of the three main axes of the “House of Entrepreneurship” project.

This came during a ceremony held at the Ministry’s headquarters, in the presence of His Excellency Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy, which witnessed the honoring of 4 innovative commercial projects out of 78 projects submitted by more than 400 students from 35 universities in the UAE.

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His Excellency Abdullah bin Touq said: “The conclusion of the competition represents a qualitative addition to empowering new entrepreneurs in the country, and attracting the best pioneering minds from among university students and recent graduates to the business community and economic activity on the ground, while providing the capabilities and incentives that contribute to the success and continuity of these projects. And in line with the goals and projects of the fifty, aimed at building a flexible and sustainable economic model based on innovation and led by national competencies.”

His Excellency stressed that the development of the entrepreneurship sector, the development of legislation and laws regulating its work and the incentives supporting it, and the empowerment of entrepreneurs in various strategic sectors, is a major direction for the United Arab Emirates, and the Ministry of Economy is working to achieve it through the “home of entrepreneurship”, in cooperation with various government agencies. concerned at the federal and local levels, and through a series of pioneering and growing partnerships with the private sector and academic and research institutions inside and outside the country.

His Excellency added that national efforts are continuing to prepare generations imbued with pioneering thought, hone their expertise and skills, provide them with the necessary tools, ensure sustainable solutions and opportunities for learning and development, provide an attractive business environment and a flexible and integrated legislative system that supports entrepreneurship.

The goal is always to create an entrepreneur who is able to establish and lead the best successful and qualified projects to become influential companies locally, regionally and globally, in a manner that enhances the UAE’s leadership in adopting innovative ideas and creating the appropriate environment for their success, which in turn will contribute to enhancing the attractiveness of the economic climate in the country and the sustainability of its global competitiveness.

The SkillUp Compete competition focused on creating a model entrepreneur in addition to developing the culture of entrepreneurship in the country, and motivating the younger generations to adopt pioneering ideas. The competition was designed according to these goals in order to attract the best and most creative students of higher education institutions to join the entrepreneurship system in the country. Facilitating their entry into the market and their contribution to the country’s economic growth.

The ideas of the winning projects in the competition were in line with the UAE’s vision for the future, in terms of its focus on innovation, knowledge and advanced technology applications.

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The winners of the competition, in addition to the financial prize totaling 50,000 dirhams for each winner, received an integrated training program to develop and prosper their businesses, by a group of experts in cooperation with partner agencies, in addition to providing them with support in establishing and registering businesses.

For his part, Ayoub Gela, CEO of CellTiró Project, said: The SkillUp Compete is one of the effective initiatives that provide continuous support to startups. Dr. Abdullah Al-Shammari, Executive Director of the HCMS Project, said: “The experience we had in this competition was more than wonderful and full of challenges, especially since the competition witnessed the participation of distinguished contestants in the fields of advanced technology.”

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Hyunbae Kim, CEO and founder of the 5MM project, confirmed that he was able to hone his skills and benefit from the diverse experiences offered by the competition, while Aishwarya Khalani, CEO and founder of the DECENODE project, said: “My favorite part of the competition was the invaluable knowledge. And the experiences we gained during the training workshops to help us lay the right foundations for our startups, this competition is a very important opportunity to set the right path for the budding entrepreneur

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