A UAE initiative will assess coders to ensure their computer programming skills match market requirements.
The Coders Headquarters, which launched in January, will now test the best programmers to ensure their skills are suitable for global companies such as Emirates Airline, LinkedIn and Majid Al Futtaim.
It will also help coders expand their career prospects in programming, which has become one of the fastest growing industries in the private sector.
“Each of us is capable of learning the language [coding] and develop a system,” Omar Al Olama, minister of state for artificial intelligence, digital economy and remote work applications, said at an event at the Museum of the Future on Tuesday.
“But what we miss today is not knowing our level when we compare ourselves to the people around us, not knowing what our needs are when we move from one phase to another and not knowing what are the relevant steps to be at the highest level of programmers.
“A lot of people talk about their potential in coding, but sometimes it’s the opposite of reality.”
Anyone wishing to be assessed will be tested, with their skills assessed against their suitability for programming jobs in the private sector.
Training will be provided to ensure that coding skills evolve with technological changes.
Mr Al Olama said the UAE should become a regional hub for coding, with wider use of the Arabic language in technology, and hoped that every public and private sector entity would have a “coding ambassador”. to encourage others to learn new skills.
A new partnership with Cisco will put Arabic at the center of the technology developed and launched in the region, he said.
“Assessment will come first, followed by education. Later, we will give people a chance to practice their skills,” Mr. Al Olama said.
“Our belief is that the UAE should be the incubator for the future of technology.
“We must not forget that the United Arab Emirates, being an Arab country, a Middle Eastern country and a major motivator for this technology, made us collaborate with Cisco for this initiative.”
The UAE Artificial Intelligence Office recently launched an Artificial Intelligence and Coding License to attract tech companies and coders from around the world.
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In partnership with the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Innovation Hub, the project aims to increase the number of technology companies operating in the emirate.
Currently, more than 500 start-ups and technology groups are based at the DIFC hub.
During the launch of Coders HQ, Microsoft announced that it would host an OpenHack event to encourage people to work with the company on digital solutions and innovation.
OpenHack is a developer-focused event to teach talented coders to learn in real-world, challenge-based scenarios designed to mimic a developer’s journey within Microsoft.
Participants work together in teams of five to complete challenges that increase in complexity as they progress.
“We strive to innovate in meaningful ways at Microsoft, with products and services that improve lives and have the potential to change the world,” said Tamer Salah, head of national AI strategy for Microsoft.
“For decades, our researchers and engineers have pushed the boundaries of science and technology to inspire others to imagine and help build a better future.
“With the support of the Ministry of AI, we are bringing the OpenHack event back to the United Arab Emirates.
“It’s a unique way to co-invent with Microsoft and empower local talent across the country to engage with our own experts and developers, to find challenging real-world solutions through unique and immersive experiences.”
Currently, there are around 63,000 coders in the country, either working in computer programming or preparing for careers in industries like FinTech or software development.
In January, the National Program for Artificial Intelligence announced a series of measures aimed at increasing the number of qualified coders in the UAE to reach 100,000 by the end of 2022.
Coding initiatives to boost the digital economy
Here are the initiatives that were announced at the event held on Monday:
Establishment of an assessment center
The center will classify the skill set of programmers and help them find jobs that best match their expertise.
Code HQ Ambassadors
The chosen “ambassadors” will teach others how to program, especially among university students. They will be based at Emirates Towers, to propose and implement projects. Candidates can apply for www.ai.gov.ae/chqambsd
Natural Language Processing Challenge
This initiative aims to train specialized teams of Emiratis who are proficient in language processing. These teams will be responsible for training university students ready for the job market and will help create a future talent pool of programmers.
The Tanzu Community, launched in collaboration with VMWare, a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all applications, offers programmers the opportunity to learn more about software technology. The community will hold monthly meetings with interested individuals in an effort to nurture future talent.
Hackathon “Open Hack”
The joint project between Microsoft and Coders HQ aims to develop programming teams to work in the private sector, increasing competitiveness, which will have a positive effect on the digital economy.
This is designed to provide accurate statistics that reflect the current state of programmers in the UAE. With over 63,000 programmers working across all industries in the UAE, having access to this objective data will improve the decision-making process.
Updated: March 22, 2022, 4:07 p.m.