Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, one of the three chambers that operate under the umbrella of Dubai Chambershas attracted more than 1,100 applications to participate in its olympics app program, which was launched last year as part of the ‘Build apps in Dubai’ initiative announced by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai.
He olympics app comes as part of the chamber’s efforts to consolidate Dubai’s position among the world’s most advanced and diversified digital hubs, support the success of the local digital ecosystem and accelerate the emirate’s transformation into one of the world’s leading digital economies, in line with the objectives of the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33).
The initiative is designed to further strengthen Dubai’s leadership in mobile application development and attract creative pioneers in this vital sector. He olympics app encourages ambitious digital talents to submit their mobile app ideas. Participants benefit from support from experts in the field and have the opportunity to win prizes aimed at accelerating the growth of their businesses during the closing ceremony, which will take place at the Museum of the Future in February.
He olympics app has attracted global interest, with international participants from 64 countries accounting for 31% of applications. Education-focused apps accounted for the majority of submitted ideas, followed by healthcare, sustainability, and logistics. Other entries received spanned various sectors, including financial services, tourism, travel and food and beverage services.
Following a thorough evaluation of the submitted ideas, a total of 247 participants were selected to participate in the App Olympics and compete during the qualification stages, which took place over a period of six months. Competitors participated in 90 training courses on topics related to mobile application development, as well as effective strategies to transform their initial ideas into functional business models.
The first phase of the program concluded in January when qualified ideas advanced to the second stage of the competition, which includes training and guidance on topics including building prototypes and submitting ideas for applications. A total of 24 participants will advance to the semi-final phase in February, after which 12 ideas will be shortlisted to compete in the final.
During the awards ceremony, selected participants will compete in the four award categories: Best App of the Year – Advanced Level, Best App Created by Youth, Most Innovative App and Social Impact. Submitted ideas will be evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges comprised of industry experts representing areas such as banking, venture capital, government and the private sector.
Each of the four winners will receive a prize valued at US$150,000 consisting of a comprehensive package of services provided in cooperation with an international application development software company. Each of the winners will also benefit from built-in support from Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy to launch their ideas as promising startups, including assisting with banking and licensing processes and identifying potential partners and customers.
Saeed Al Gergawi, Vice President of Dubai Chamber of Digital Economycommented:
“The high levels of local and international participation reflect the importance of this initiative as an opportunity for innovators in the field of application development to transform their ideas into digital startups using the emirate as a launch pad. The success of the App Olympics further strengthens Dubai’s position as a leading platform for creative minds and a magnet for pioneers from around the world. “Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy remains committed to supporting entrepreneurs and businesses to realize their ideas and accelerate the growth of Dubai’s Digital Economy.”
Directed by Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy and supported by government entities and leading technology companies, ‘Build apps in Dubai’ has developed a series of initiatives aimed at further strengthening the emirate’s position as a global leader in the digital sphere. The initiative seeks to train more than 1,000 Emiratis in the fundamentals of coding, mobile app creation and business creation models through the Emirati Training Academy, as well as triple the number of app developers in Dubai by 2025 and support 100 new national projects for development. of latest generation mobile applications.
News source: Dubai Press Office