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    MCIT, Google Celebrate ‘Empowering Mobile Application Innovation’ First Intake Graduation

    Cairo, 19 November 2015

    - 80% success among Egyptian application developers using Udacity for online training compared to 10% of the global percentage

    - The second edition of “ Empowering Mobile Application Innovation” initiative  is announced,  including 250 developers

    The graduation ceremony of the first intake of accredited Egyptian application developers, who graduated from  the "Empowering Mobile Application Innovation " initiative, was held today.  The initiative has been implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in collaboration with Google, launched in January and related to developing Egyptian developer capacities to improve mobile software and applications, support the growth of startups in the ICT field and create job opportunities for young people in this area.

    The ceremony was attended by the First Deputy to the ICT Minister Noha Adly and the Managing Director at Google MENA Mohamad Mourad.

    In line with MCIT policy supporting innovation and creativity among Egyptian youth, Adly, on her speech on behalf of the ICT Minister Yasser ElKady, said that MCIT supports and embraces substantially such initiatives concerned with creating a base of potential ICT industry leaders, requesting young graduates to maintain developing their abilities and their entrepreneurial spirit.

    She stated that there are a large and promising market in the Arab region and the African continent for technological applications, especially with the spread of ICT tools and services and its availability  to all people. This gives a boost to economic growth in the countries of the region, especially the number of smart phone users in the Middle East and North Africa has reached 75 million, approx.30 million of which are from Egypt only. This status qualifies Egypt to the regional center for developing applications to serve the region and the world.

    For his part, Murad said that it is pleasure and honor to witness the graduation of Egyptian talented application developers first intake. In the meanwhile,  Google believes that those graduates will play a pivotal role in developing Egypt’s ICT sector, especially with the presence of more than 8,000 graduates from computer faculties and institutes every year. The initiative training content has been specifically designed to  develop the enormous potential that the Egyptian promising talents enjoy in the technology sector, the commitment is to provide an integrated platform, resources, training, guidance and expertise. he added that it is  honor to meet with the participants together to celebrate the completion of the training process successfully.

    During the graduation ceremony, the second edition of the initiative has been announced which includes 250 developers. The two-year initiative aims to develop emerging technological projects and empower application youth developers to find jobs in the local market. The initiative offers 20000 scholarships to encourage creative ideas in the ICT field via equipping young people with the tools and knowledge they need to start their career professionally and at an appropriate degree of global competition.

    MCIT and Google have launched this initiative in collaboration with a number of international partners and local experts.

    The initiative includes providing a three-month training course on the methods and means of developing  Android operating system applications through which trainees are granted an international certificate. This is in addition to organizing a competition among the participants with a cash prize totals more than one million and five hundred thousand pounds to encourage young people to develop and market their applications, and start their own projects.

    The initiative also includes holding a number of professional events to connect young innovators and trainees with investors and those specialized in mobile application industry to provide them with distinct jobs or hold partnerships and alliances with them.

    Cooperation has been achieved with Udacity,  specialized in providing Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs), to assist it to localize its content to be appropriate to the Egyptian culture, which witnessed a success of 80% among Egyptian application developers using MOOCs for online training, compared to 10% of the global percentage.

    Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) is a key partner in implementing the initiative, and the Information Technology Institute (ITI) is a partner, as well, in  providing technical expertise for the training process.

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