Dubai Electricity and Water Authority ( DEWA ) has organised a workshop to promote its recently-launched App Master competition for university students in the UAE. The competition is to develop a smart entertaining application for seven-year-olds and older to instil in them environmental values and promote a culture of rational energy and water use in society, in a fun and entertaining way. The App Master competition supports the National Innovation Strategy, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The workshop, held in Grand Hyatt hotel, Dubai, was attended by a large number of students from different universities and colleges, as well as a number of faculty members. DEWA ‘s IT team presented details and conditions of the competition, which DEWA recently launched, and answered participants’ questions. The students were very excited to take part in the competition. By launching the competition, DEWA aims to involve young people, make use of their creative ideas, and enhance a spirit of competition and innovation.
“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai observed that “Governments that set an example for innovation have the power to implant a nationwide culture of creativity. When such a culture takes root, people feel inspired to run further with their ideas, to aim higher with their ambitions, and to pursue bigger dreams.” We at DEWA recognise the role of young people in supporting and leading the sustainable development of the UAE. This competition encourages university students to unleash their creativity and develop a smart app that encourages individuals to adopt a sustainable lifestyle by instilling in them the need to save energy and water in an innovative and interesting way,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA .
” DEWA is looking forward to shaping a better future for all. We actively participate in realising the vision of our wise leadership to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world, and support the Dubai Plan 2021, to make Dubai a smart, integrated, and connected city whose resources are sustainable. This preserves national energy sources, reduces our carbon footprint, and ensures a sustainable future for generations to come,” added Al Tayer.
“The competition has seen a strong response from students across universities in the UAE. DEWA organises such workshops to answer students’ questions and enquiries and promote the competition and get as many participants as possible,” said Moza Al Akraf, Acting CIO of DEWA .
” DEWA is committed to promoting creativity and innovation. We provide all our services through our smart app, which won the Best m-Government Service Award in the environment category, at the third Government Summit,” added Al Akraf.
Participation in the App Master competition is open for university students in the UAE until the end of March 2015. The first place winner will be awarded AED 50,000 and a job interview at DEWA . The second place winner will receive AED 30,000. The third place winner will receive AED 20,000, and the fourth and fifth place winners will receive AED 10,000 each. A special committee at DEWA will evaluate the applications against a set of technical criteria it has developed, which can be accessed on the website: www.dewa.gov.ae/appmaster