Dubai, UAE: Emirati students will develop smart apps for public and private services in a new Smart Apps Development Centre (SADC), a Dubai Municipality official said.
The first batch of 30 university students has already been selected to start work on projects, supported by the municipality, said Heba Al Shehi, head of unit, application design and development section, Dubai Municipality.
The recruits are all from the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), the partner in the SADC joint-venture, she added. Fifteen students are from Dubai Men’s College and 15 from Sharjah Women’s College.
Dubai Academic City will be the seat of the “permanent” SADC.
In the UAE, many government service apps are developed by third-party private companies but the new SADC means more apps will be developed by UAE nationals.
The municipality will support the students in the app development process. The apps could also be developed for services in the region rather than solely for UAE-based use.
Students working at the centre will be mentored through the “hands on” Challenge Based Learning model, spending at least six months at SADC or one year at most.
A “preparatory meeting” to sign the agreement between HCT and the municipality was held recently, Heba said. Some of the senior officials involved in setting up the “joint venture” include Mohammad Al Zafein, director, IT department, Dubai Municipality, and HCT professor Ali Farhat, one of the founders of SADC, she added.
Heba said the HCT and the municipality, as well as the general public, stand to benefit from SADC.
“It’s a partnership, it’ll work both ways. They can create apps for us, and we can give them apps to test,” she added.
The first course at the centre has already started.
“Part of the agreement is to hire some of the students at the municipality; they will work with us for some years.”
In the 2014 Best mGovernment Service Award, HCT developed 43 apps for various government offices, comprising more than 75 per cent of all entries from UAE universities.
HCT students have made apps that make it easier to report crime, find points of interest, or get traffic updates, among other services.
As many as 76 contestants have qualified to the final round of the second Best m-Government Service Award, out of 411 entries received from local, Arab and international participants as well as university students.
The winners will be announced during the third Government Summit being held on February 9-11 in Dubai. The award offers Dh1,000,000 for the winner in the university students category.
The Award received 411 entries from all groups, led by the UAE with 181 entries from universities and government institutions. The participation of 96 students, representing about 20 universities in the country, emphasises the national interest in the award.
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