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One Million Arab Coders Initiative Announces Top Five Innovations to Tackle World’s Most Pressing Challenges

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One Million Arab Coders Initiative (OMAC), led by Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), named the five winning student coders whose projects tackle some of the crucial issues facing today’s societies while bringing value to communities in countries across the Arab world.

The five student coders were selected for their project proposals outlining how they would execute their fully developed mobile applications using the Android operating system to ignite change within their communities. Their solutions were based on three key pillars: boosting economic growth, providing humanitarian value and enabling creativity and innovation.

The top five projects are: Sanad by Farah Mahdi Khudhair, 3al Faraza by Iman Wagdy Selim, Help the Poor by Mohamed Sobhy Abdelmageed, Tammeni by Saeed Awad Abou Si’ah, and Landmine Alert by Marwan al Hakimi.

Furthermore, OMAC recognized the distinguished mentors who had provided exemplary guidance to the students, based on a qualitative assessment of their efforts in supporting the students through the project development. The top four tutors were Abdulwahid AlJamaly from Yemen, Eyad Raschad from Syria, Basila AlMahli from Syria, and Sara Zehraoui from Morocco.

Commending the outstanding student projects, His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, encouraged the young Arab winners to use the knowledge they had gained during their participation in the One Million Arab Coders initiative and employ their creativity and spirit of innovation to serve their communities and build a brighter tomorrow.

He noted that coding is the language of the future and is a key skill to acquire, reminding the student coders that they play an integral role in building the foundation of a comprehensive economic renaissance in the Arab region, as envisioned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

His Excellency added: “The  One Million Arab Coders initiative is keen to present to the world qualitative and innovative projects such as smart applications that improve human life and contribute to creating new and diverse job opportunities in various parts of the world. Through this effort, we will continue to encourage young talent and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their ideas and work with experts and specialists to bring these ideas to fruition for the greater good of their communities.”

Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, the One Million Arab Coders initiative seeks  to train one million young Arabs in computer programming, in order to empower and equip them with the technological tools and expertise to face the challenges of the future.

Sanad by Farah Mahdi Khudhair, 26 years
Sanad is an Android application created by Farah Mahdi Khudhair, an Iraqi living in Jordan, to make health services easier, cheaper and accessible to people from the comfort of their own homes. It enables individuals to request an appointment and search for a suitable healthcare facility within their community, in addition to providing a range of services to manage health more effectively. The project is fully functional and can be used on an hourly basis.

3al faraza by Iman Wagdy Selim, 35 years

With an inspiring vision to empower women, Iman’s 3al faraza gives Egyptian women the opportunity to market their home-made food and also manages delivery to families or individuals that aren’t accessible to to the home-made food. To date, the app has transformed the lives of 800 women across Egypt.

Help the Poor by Mohamed Sobhy Abdelmageed, 35 years

Mohamed’s idea for his Android app struck him when he observed many people throwing away old clothes and buying new ones while others were in dire need of new clothing. He realized that people always have the intention to donate but are not sure how to go about it. The Egyptian national created the Saaed El Gheir app to connect people to Egyptian NGOs so that they could reach out to the organizations easily. The app is currently in the development stage and needs to bring two more non-profits onboard before its official launch.

Tammeni by Saeed Awad Abou Si’ah, 27years

Leveraging his learnings from a data analysis course with OMAC, Saeed, a Yemen-Hadramaut resident of Saudi Arabia, successfully launched Tammeni, an app that ensures the safety of students across schools in Yemen through enabling real-time location tracking using a bracelet or student card.

Landmine Alert by Marwan al Hakimi, 35 years

Marwan, a passionate computer science genius from Yemen, created a free-to-use mine detector app that works like Google Maps, to show possible mine regions so that people can avoid them. Furthermore, the app gives advice on what to do and who to contact, should someone find themselves in a dangerous situation. Landmine Alert has been successful in eliminating mines from three regions and thereby saving lives.