Dubai: The Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, one of the three chambers operating under Dubai Chambers, has unveiled the App Olympics.
It is a new competition designed to accelerate Dubai’s journey to becoming the mobile app development capital of the world.
The App Olympics competition has been launched as part of the ‘Create Apps in Dubai’ initiative announced by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, in March 2023.
Overseen by the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy and supported by government entities and leading technology companies, ‘Create Apps in Dubai’ has developed a series of initiatives aimed at further strengthening the emirate’s position as a global leader in the digital domain.
Mr. Saeed Al Gergawi, Vice President of the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, said that, “The App Olympics represents another important step in developing the capabilities of the talented app developers who will help shape Dubai’s ambitious future. By inspiring tomorrow’s digital talent, this competition will play a key role in bringing the wise leadership’s vision for the digital economy to life and contribute to the objectives of the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33).”
Open to UAE nationals and residents of all ages from any emirate, as well as global tech startups interested in establishing a presence in Dubai, the competition enables participants to learn about app development, build mobile applications, and compete for major prizes and awards that accelerate business growth.
The multi-phase challenge encourages aspiring digital entrepreneurs to submit their mobile app development ideas and benefit from expert support during their structured learning journey in the world of app development, which culminates with an exciting award ceremony that will be held during Dubai Innovation Month in February 2024.
Each finalist will have the opportunity to showcase their application through a one-minute promotional video, followed by a four-minute pitch presentation.
The judging panel will feature leading experts from sectors including banking, venture capital, government entities, and the private sector. Each project submitted will be evaluated, with the top performers selected to compete in the January qualifiers.