Dubai-based telecom operator du has created a team to work on creating a mobile applications developers community drawn from UAE college students, it announced this weekend.
The developers would contribute by developing mobile applications that would enable access to a range of UAE government services via smartphones. Du announced the scheme as part of its compliance with the recently announced m-Government plan outlined by Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
"Today marks the beginning of a new era," said Osman Sultan, CEO, du, while announcing the project.
"We believe our efforts will encourage more and more talented students in the UAE to unleash their creative potential and put their knowledge into practice for the benefit of the larger community. We salute the visionary m-Government announcement, which further cements the UAE's global standing as one of the most development-oriented societies in the world.
"With innovation embedded in our corporate DNA, we are well placed as a technology company to be the torch-bearer of His Highness's vision, and to ensure the fruits of our efforts are enjoyed by the ultimate intended beneficiaries - the residents of the UAE."
Du said it intends to approach educational institutions in the UAE to nominate a group of their final-year students with the required qualifications to participate in the initiative. The scheme will be open to both Emirati and expatriate students. Names of participating institutions and a list of selection criteria will be announced in the near future, the telco added.
Successful applicants will receive training and be supplied with application development tools and professional mentoring.