Smartphones' Applications Competition counts 200 Saudi finalists for a remarkable Arabic contribution
- Saudi Arabia: Monday, January 07 - 2013 at 14:43
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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, is sponsoring the Smartphones' Applications Competition, organized by Zarcony - specialized in technical training and development of applications - on Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 part of KACST's "Badir Program [ for Technology Incubators]".
Online and Applications Manager, Jumana Bukhari said: "Samsung's sponsorship of this event comes from a strong belief in the importance of giving support to Arabic Content specifically through young talent which is yet to be widely discovered in programing, experiments and innovation. This being said, without forgetting the imprint it can leave in the business field of technologies in the Kingdom which is witnessing significant growth."
She added: "Samsung's support to this type of activity showcases its interest in developing and sustaining young boys and girls, in different technological fields especially programing which contributes in bringing up an innovative and effective generation; as much as reinforcing Arabic content whose users are many."
From his side, Zarcony's founder and technology expert, Mr. Mohamad Badawi insisted on the importance of this competition to focus on phone applications which are the most spreading of all applications wherein more than 14bn applications are today active worldwide. Also, more than 350 million mobile users are smartphone consumers thus making this field a very prosperous one both for creators and investors.
First prize went to each team from each section: they won a smartphone within their category and each team member won a cash prize, knowing that initially 286 teams participated totaling more than 500 participants from around the world which were filtered down to 128 team in Saudi of 200 competitors from different regions in the Kingdom, twenty-one out of which are entire women group. Twenty out of these 128 were picked to enter the final stage of the competition.
First prize winner, Anwar AlAqel from Infinite Loop team, pointed out that this activity called on the competitiveness of the youth participating to demonstrate the profound interest they hold for it and its usefulness to bring out the best out of them to further develop technical projects in Saudi Arabia. His colleague on the same team Abdelrahman AlKaalaji underlined that this activity in itself was not only beneficial for the participants but also to support and help rise Arabic content, and she thanked all leaders from the field who sponsored the event as she hoped such collaborations to continue. Second-prize winning team members are Faysal Abdelrahman AlHasseen and Mesaab Abdallah AlOthman from Riyadh-CS team while " Basseet" team won the third represented by Khalid Abdallah AlKunaifir and Abdelrazaq Abedlrahman AlAbelrazaq. The competition also gave way to one winning young lady, Maha AlSumedi, who received the Distinguished Committee's Prize.
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