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“The Fifty Programmers” launches in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak

“The Fifty Programmers” launches in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak

Under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sandooq Al Watan, the final stages of the second edition of the “Fifty Programmers” initiative were launched with the participation of 1,380 students. The Fund is organizing this competition in cooperation with Al Dar Educational Foundation, and the activities began today in Abu Dhabi in the presence of a number of international and local leaders.

This year, 1,380 students are participating, distributed among 450 teams from 91 schools. The initiative aims to enable school students in the UAE to develop their abilities in the fields of modern technology, such as programming and robotics.

“The Fifty Programmers” includes a national competition that includes all local teams in all emirates of the country. In addition, a global competition entitled “MakeX International Robotics Competition” is being held, in which teams from countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, and India participate. The events conclude with the distribution of prizes to the winners of the two competitions.

Yasser Al Gergawi, Director General of Sandooq Al Watan, expressed his happiness with the participation of more than 1,380 students and teachers in the final stages. He pointed out the importance of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak’s support and Al Nahyan’s direction for this initiative, expressing his hope that this event will be the beginning of launching new generations into the world of technology, where we will have distinguished programmers and inventors in the near future.

Al-Gergawi explained that the “50th Programmer” initiative included several stages, which began with the establishment of programming clubs in public and private schools, then was followed by the educational stage, which included training courses on the foundations of programming. It also provided the necessary equipment and tools for each student, in addition to providing trainers and training programs.

He added that the initiative includes educational courses in the field of computers and artificial intelligence via a specialized platform, under the supervision of experts and specialists. This aims to support the development of thinking, creativity and innovation skills in children. All students were divided into teams that worked on ideas related to programming and robotics.

During the competitive stage, the final qualifiers will end tomorrow, Saturday, when 1,380 students organized into more than 450 teams will compete. They will present their experiences and ideas before a neutral jury that will evaluate them to choose the best.

Al-Gergawi stressed that the final rounds include a competition between all the qualified teams in one place, making “The Fifty Programmers” the largest robotics competition in the country. The event includes international and global competitions that enhance the capabilities of budding programmers for further development.

For her part, Salwa Al-Muflhi, Director of Sustainability and Social Responsibility at Aldar Properties Group, expressed her pleasure at Aldar’s cooperation in organizing the “50th Programmer” competition. She affirmed Aldar’s long-term support for Sandooq Al Watan, expressing its pride in continuing to support the Fund’s ambitions in preparing and qualifying the next generation of Emirati entrepreneurs.

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