Dubai: $1 million coders challenge launched


Dubai - The Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) has opened submissions for the One Million Arab Coders Challenge.


A Staff Reporter

Published: Sun 15 Aug 2021, 1:30 PM

Dubai has launched the largest coding challenge of its kind, offering a grand prize of $1 million.

The Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) has opened submissions for the One Million Arab Coders Challenge. It invites the initiative’s graduates from all over the world to submit their innovative projects.

Coders can submit their projects – websites or apps – via until October 30, 2021. The submitted projects must be complete and ready for use.

A jury comprising experts in coding, technology, and entrepreneurship from the UAE and abroad will select the 20 best projects to qualify for the finals and compete for the grand prize of $1 million.

Five runners-up will receive $50,000 each. In addition, the four best tutors will win $25,000 each. Winners of the One Million Arab Coders Challenge will be announced during Expo 2020 Dubai.

Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of DFF, said: “The One Million Arab Coders has achieved its goal of equipping one million young Arabs from 80 countries with coding skills in line with the needs of the job market.

“The One Million Arab Coders Challenge provides a global platform to showcase their proficiency in coding – the language of the future, encouraging them to turn their ideas into technological projects that contribute to society, and engaging them in building a prosperous future.”

Launched in October 2017 as part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), the One Million Arab Coders announced its conclusion in April 2021. The programme provided an opportunity for young Arab talents to learn a wide variety of coding skills and apply them in website and mobile application development, blockchain, artificial intelligence, and data and cloud computing.

The coders clocked in five million training hours, participated in 76,000 workshops, and completed 100,000 successful graduation projects. The initiative has also awarded over 1,000 nano-degree scholarships to distinguished students.

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