Khalifa Fund announced the selection of 6 ideas under Ibtikari initiative for mobile phone applications

KhalifahFundIbtikarAfter a competition includes 40 distinct ideas
Abu Dhabi - Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development announced the selection of 6 technical ideas in the finals of Ibtikari initiative which was launched by Khalifa Fund to encourage the youth Emiratis and stimulate them for innovation and creativity in the information technology sector and designing the smart applications.

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Khalifa Fund and Abu Dhabi University launch 2nd "Khalifa Fund Techno-preneurship Competition"

KhalifahFundTechnopreneurshipAbu Dhabi: " ADU Enterprise" Abu Dhabi University 's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre has teamed up for the second year in a row with " Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development " to launch the innovation encouraging " Khalifa Fund Techno-preneurship Competition". Aimed at challenging aspiring entrepreneurs to integrate technology with entrepreneurship, the competition enables techno-preneurs to learn how to transform a technical idea into actual products or services that serve the community and support the UAE's move into a knowledge-based economy that fosters creativity and innovation. The competition will receive applications till the 20th of June, after which the top 10 projects will be selected by a committee of experts according to evaluation criteria that include: the idea, it's compatibility with the Techno-preneur competition objectives, the underlying technology, marketability and feasibility, as well as prototype readiness. The top three finalists will receive seed funding, in addition to incubation at " ADU Enterprise" to develop their project prototype and a suitable business model that will offer them an opportunity to launch their own companies with the support of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development .

Commenting on the significance of the competition, Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University , Dr. Nabil Ibrahim, expressed ADU 's pride in organizing this unique innovation-based competition due to the success it has achieved in highlighting the need for youth's proactive participation in the UAE's transformation into a knowledge-based economy, through encouraging beginning entrepreneurs to integrate creativity with technology. "Moreover, this competition embodies ADU 's strategy in supporting and enhancing a culture of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. All of which are key elements that have been integrated in our academic programs and scientific research initiatives that meet the needs of the labor market and its constant search for innovation-driven national cadres, qualified and equipped with the technological prowess to start their own SMEs", said Dr. Ibrahim

On his part, Abdullah Saeed Al Darmaki, CEO of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development stressed the Fund's keenness in supporting and encouraging Emirati entrepreneurs to adopt creative and innovative ideas that are founded on technology. He pointed out that the competition falls in line with the objectives of the Fund for the coming period of time, which are focused on encouraging innovation and the financing innovative projects of added-value, through working with a group of strategic partners to create the appropriate environment that will the energize and inspire young Emirati entrepreneurs.

Al Darmaki added that the Fund focusses on fostering creative projects that contribute to the transfer of advanced technology to the local market, which is a key factor of the 2nd annual " Khalifa Fund Techno-preneurship Competition" which encourages entrepreneurs to innovate and excel in technological fields.

Engineer Rima Shaban, Manager of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre " ADU Enterprise" said: "In it's first year, the competition was a great success receiving over 80 techno-preneurship projects from budding entrepreneurs, some of which were selected to attend practical workshops that contributed to enhancing their skills and encouraged them to take the final leap to transform their ideas into actual products or services. ADU Enterprise provided the three final winners with the mentoring and training services, pre-seed funding and technical support needed to build a viable prototype, as well as overseeing the development of the up-and-coming enterprise's business model. Perhaps one of the key elements that emphasize the importance of this competition is the fact that it coincides with the UAE's classification of the year 2015 as the 'Year of Innovation'. We hope that this represents a further impetus that attracts distinct ideas that can be converted to small and medium-sized businesses that eventually contribute in the enhancement of the nation's growing economy".

Article Source : Zawya

University of Dubai offers diploma program to promote women entrepreneurship

university of dubai logoThe program is being offered for free to the participants under a grant by the Citi Group to raise their business and entrepreneurship skills. 

Dubai: The Center for Executive Development at University of Dubai (UD) in collaboration with Umm Al Moumineen Women's Association launched a three-month Professional Diploma program to support development of business projects by women as part of efforts to empower women and enhance their contribution to the community. Read more: University of Dubai offers diploma program to promote women entrepreneurship

NYUAD student’s film on Syrian conflict to be shown at Cannes

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Adam, a short film that tells the story of how the conflict in Syria affects a man living in Abu Dhabi, is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this month.

Like thousands of others in the UAE, Adam works long hours to send money home. He dreams of reuniting with his wife and newborn daughter in Syria, but the tragedy enveloping the country changes everything.

Adam, which will be screened at the French festival’s Short Film Corner, was written and directed by Amani Alsaied, who is Syrian, as part of her major in Film and New Media at NYU Abu Dhabi. The 22-year-old was born and raised in Qatar, where she met the woman who inspired her to create the film.

“I attended a first-aid course given to Syrian women visiting Qatar, to help them deal with tragedy if, God forbid, they see anyone hurt,” says Alsaied. “I was there because I wanted to meet Syrian women, to see how they were coping.

“I met this very successful, very educated businesswoman, who showed me pictures of her children on her phone. I responded with, as you say in Arabic: ‘May God keep them in good health for you’. She looked at me and said: ‘My son is dead.’

“It really broke my heart. It brought home to me the tragedy that expat Syrians have to deal with. It’s such a horrifying dynamic that needs to be looked at closer. This project really started from there.”

Alsaied then met and interviewed hundreds of Syrian refugees in the Arabian Gulf. Their stories helped her create the script for Adam, whichspeaks of family, love and loss, as the title character views the Syrian uprising of 2011 from afar through the experiences of his wife and daughter who are in the country.

Alsaied has never lived in Syria, but used to go there for holidays as a child.

“My mother had always made sure I knew what it meant to be Syrian,” she says. “In minute detail, she would describe the traditional Syrian house where she grew up in Damascus – the fountain in the middle, the river that ran beneath it and the fat house cat they had. I have never been to that house, but I know it by heart.”

When she became a student at NYUAD, Alsaied had to say her nationality out loud for the first time.

“I remember the first time someone in Abu Dhabi asked me that question,” she says. “It took a moment to process before I said I was Syrian – of course I was. It was about realising my identity and its context in broader terms. I realised I have a strange relationship with Syria – I don’t know the names of every street and town, but I know it enough to be infinitely attached to it.”

Alsaied was a freshman student at NYUAD when the Syrian war broke out. The summer of 2011 was supposed to be when she visited Syria for the first time as an adult, “a chance to get to know this place that was a part of me”.

She had plans for many projects there, including her NYUAD thesis film, and hadn’t expected the protests to go on for more than a couple of months.

She is still waiting for a chance to return to her native land.

“Now, so much has changed,” she says. “The Syrian sights that I wanted to see my whole life, like the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, have been partially or completely destroyed.

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking to be constantly bombarded by all these horrifying images on the news that people then start to become desensitised to.

“I started asking myself: ‘What does it actually mean for a family to be broken apart?’ My film’s purpose was to understand how it feels to lose something so precious.”

Adam is played by the Jordanian-­Armenian actor and filmmaker Naim Zaboura, and the Egyptian actress Nesrin Sanad (who starred in 2011’s Sea Shadow) plays Adam’s wife, Hawwa.

The film is only seven minutes long, but it took Alsaied more than a year to develop and make.

“The writing process was the hardest part and that took about six months, because of how sensitive it is,” she says. “The script went through many rewrites. We wanted to be very careful.”

Alsaied says her intention is not to draw conclusions or provide information about the war in Syria.

“I’m not the appropriate authority to explain anything,” she says. “The film is more for me to understand what it means to have family living within a conflict.”

Article Source : The National

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