'UAE Codes' Day hackathons attract 200 participants from 50 schools across the country

DUBAI, 30th October, 2022 (WAM) -- The Emirates Schools Establishments (ESE), in cooperation with the National Programme for Coders, organised school hackathons that attracted more than 200 participants from 50 different schools across the UAE, along with coding ambassadors to activate their coding role on the “UAE Codes” Day.

The Hackathons that started on 29th October as part of the “UAE Codes” day, aims to encourage students to innovate new coding solutions, deep thinking to enhance their skills in finding technical solutions and motivate them to learn coding and highlighting the role of coding in the development.


Building capacities and skills of students in digitisation and coding

Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology and the Chairwomen of the Emirates Schools Establishment, stated that the ESE is keen on enhancing students’ coding skills, through launching various initiatives and educational events which focuses on futuristic technologies, adding that the UAE Government focuses on building the capacities of students and enhances their skills in digitisation and coding.

She said that the Emirates Schools Establishment over the past few years, has participated in countless initiatives and programs that builds the students’ capabilities in technological fields, regarding it one of the best concepts and methodologies in creating the future.


Empowering generations with future skills

Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications, emphasised that empowering the next generation with the basics of future language and skills is a main pillar in designing the digital future in the country, adding that providing students with the best opportunities, eco-systems, and skill sets will reflect highly on developing more initiates in the digital field as well as further the growth of the economy, increasing the UAE’s competitiveness globally.

Al Olama said, “Launching the schools Hackathons enhances the competitiveness between different entities in solidifying coding concepts, and promoting digital knowledge, which reflects the willingness of new generations to learn and contribute effectively in developing the coding field and specialise in the future languages."

The “UAE Codes” day was marked last year, by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, 29th October to be a national day celebrating coding languages and experts, aiming to enhance talented coders develop their coding journey and enhance their readiness to innovate in the future.