Here’s why coding is a game-changer for digital innovation

Much is happening in disruption in technology, from smart and connected gadgets to AI-powered applications, and more are expected in the years to come. As a result, many new job opportunities are created and many current job profiles are redefined. This is where computer programming, or coding, becomes an essential talent for people looking for the most important job opportunities or to improve their current skills and abilities.

Coding is a game-changer and is currently recognized as a necessary skill and competitive advantage for a wide range of professional roles. Undoubtedly one of the most important talents for current and future generations to master, coding and programming helps young students develop problem-solving skills, such as solving a problem rationally and creative.

The United Arab Emirates has launched initiatives under the “Project of 50” to attract 100 of the world’s best coders to the country every day.

In 2017, Sheikh Mohammed launched One Million Arab Coders to teach one million young people in the Arab world to code. As part of the initiative, the selected candidates learned various coding skills and applied them to website and mobile application development, blockchain, artificial intelligence, data and cloud computing.

Since its inception, the initiative has awarded over 1,000 nanoscale certificates to distinguished coders. In addition, more than 3,600 certified trainers from all over the world helped participants with technical aspects and provided support in converting their ideas into practical projects. The initiative, led by the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) and as part of the global Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBRGI) initiatives, achieved its goal in three years.

Sheikh Mohammed also recently launched the National Coders Program in partnership with global tech giants including Google, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, LinkedIn and Facebook. The program aims to train 100,000 coders, create 1,000 digital companies that will go global and increase start-up investments from 1.5 billion Dhs to 4 billion Dhs.

The private sectors are not left out either. Recently, Majid Al Futtaim announced a coding program designed specifically for women, the first of its kind in the private sector in the region.

In accordance with these visions, GITEX Global, the biggest computer show of the year, showcased CodeInfinity – the region’s first and only developer event to empower young programmers. Microsoft, Oracle and Red Hat have joined as founding partners. Interested candidates can register for Microsoft and Red Hat certified training courses and Oracle hands-on labs.

Oracle’s cloud platform, OCI, with race data is a stress-free and beginner-friendly environment. Candidates can use an open source machine learning stack and different Oracle Cloud platforms to prototype predictive algorithms. These models are developed with data from past races and can be used in production or reused in video game technology.

A major global technology event that will be held from October 17 to 21 at the Dubai World Trade Center, GITEX Global will see technology and business leaders from around the world come together to develop growth strategies for the future.

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