22 November 2016
ICT Minister Honors 'Tamkeen' Competition Winners

§ 6.5 Million Egyptian Pounds for Tamkeen Competition Fourth Edition to support 50 new technologies

The ICT Minister Yasser ElKady has honored 15 winning companies at the third round of “Tamkeen” Competition, aiming to develop software and mobile phones applications for People with Disabilities (PwDs). The competition is held under the support for technological innovation and creation of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

The honoring ceremony also witnessed the launch of the fourth edition of the competition to support 50 new technologies. In this context, ElKady said that MCIT allocated 6.5 million Egyptian pounds to support this edition, underlining MCIT continued support for this program due to its significant return to equity in development. On the other hand, the ICT Minister stated that the Ministry is seeking to implant technology in all parts of Egypt and make it available to all segments of society. He also announced that the new technology parks are committed to employ 5% of PwDS.

The number of 35 new assistive technologies has been developed under the support and funding of Tamkeen Competition during its three editions. The ICT Minister’s Advisor for Social Responsibility and Services Abeer Shakweer stated that the program aims to reach 300 new technologies by 2019.

MCIT, through the competition, seeks to create a new information market to serve more than 15 million Egyptians and 55 million Arab citizens of PwDs and the elderly, providing assistive technologies in Arabic. MCIT is keen to support Egyptian innovators to develop assistive technologies and connect innovators and companies developing these technologies with PwDs.

Under the theme "creating an inclusive society", the ceremony gathered software and applications developers in Egypt and PwDs interested in technology. In this context, the representative of Tawasul Committee for PwDs Islam Saber talked about the need to transform technological innovations to products that can compete in markets and make them available to PwDs through the active participation of businessmen and industry leaders.

On the other hand, the Member of Parliament Khaled Hanafi hailed the effort exerted by MCIT for developing PwDs skills, stating that the competition is a realistic and practical evidence from the state, providing technological solutions to improve the daily life of PwDs.

On the sidelines of the ceremony, an exhibition has been held, gathering the winners in this year's competition. Application forms for Tamkeen fourth edition are to be submitted on the website of Tamkeen .

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