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UAE gov't launches first of six Coders HQs to drive future of digital economy.

The UAE government has launched the Coders HQ, a new transformational project that redefines local coding communities, in partnership with more than 40 companies in the country and worldwide.

The project, established in the Emirates Towers, aims to build a new generation of coders, enhance their capabilities and skills in the fields of coding and technology and provide them with the opportunity to design innovative solutions to address local and global challenges.

It features an events space, a supercomputer and several workspaces. Over the coming period, six new coders’ HQs will be inaugurated all around the UAE.

According to state news agency WAM, the Coders’ HQ focuses on four main objectives – assessing the skills of coders in the UAE, developing them, enabling continuous communication among coders in the UAE and abroad, and providing coders with the best opportunities to help them enhance the UAE’s leadership in this field.

The project encompasses nine main initiatives including HQ learn to provide practical training courses in different coding fields to different levels of coders, HQ assessment to provide a mechanism for evaluating the skills and performance of coders, HQ meetups which focuses on developing and incubating software communities in all fields, and HQ challenges to share private sector challenges whose winners receive prizes.

Also launched are HQ hackathons to organise a series of short hackathons in partnership with the private sector, HQ conferences to attract mega international conferences specialised in coding to the UAE, HQ get inspired to hold a series of inspiring sessions presented by CEOs and technical influencers, HQ internship to provide training opportunities for Emirati graduates in the digital companies, as well as HQ 021, a joint project with the UAE National and Reserve Service Authority (UAENSR) to develop the talents of national service coders and help them reach global levels.

The project was launched in a virtual ceremony organised by the National Programme for Coders, in the presence of Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Teleworking Applications.

Al Olama said in comments published by WAM that launching the Coders HQ comes under the directives of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to develop advanced coding communities as a key driver for shaping the future of the digital economy.

He added that the project embodies the UAE’s vision in preparing a new generation of coders, capable of finding innovative solutions to future challenges.
As one of the projects and initiatives of the National Programme for Coders, the Coders HQ aims to consolidate the position of the UAE as a global hub for coders and an incubating ecosystem for projects and innovative ideas for building a better future.

The Coders HQ also announced training programs for Emiratis to facilitate their participation in the various fields of coding in the private sector, in collaboration with 40 government, semi-government, private and academic entities. These include Abu Dhabi University, Majid Al Futtaim Holding, Microsoft Middle East and Africa, IBM, Presales MERAT, Meta, Rabdan Academy, the American University in Dubai, DP World, ADNOC, and VMware.

Source: Arabian Bussiness