The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has hosted the second OpenUAE forum for the open source software community in the Emirates.
OpenUAE brought together open source experts and students to discuss open source software and open data. The agenda included discussions on important topics in areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Cyber Security, Smart Cities, and others.
The second annual edition of the event was hosted by the TRA's Center of Digital Innovation (CoDI) at the Etisalat Academy in Dubai.
HE Saeed Al Suwaidi, Acting Director General of TRA, commented: "Investing in people has been one of the characteristics of the UAE's journey since the establishment of our great Union. Our wise leadership has adopted many plans and programs that support the people and put them in the forefront of all development efforts. Hence, the laws, legislations and plans aimed at building and enabling national human cadres capable of achieving the UAE's objectives and future visions. Organizing this event is based on TRA's commitment to its role in training university students and developing their skills in the field of programs and open data, and enabling them to use these technologies to provide the best services and increase happiness in the society.
"Today, we are in the era of participation, collective intelligence, and social media, where ideas flow online freely among communities and individuals. In the midst of these rapid changes, TRA is keen to create development opportunities for students interested in the fields of software, open data, and AI. This meeting is a knowledge platform that brings together experts with students looking for information, to discuss and share ideas and opinions, and eventually to reach a unified opinion. It is is part of a series of initiatives adopted by TRA to enable youth. TRA continuously organizes activities and initiatives aimed at youth, such as UAE Hackathon 2019, organized by TRA in the seven emirates, for the aim of motivating youth and those interested in data analysis, to provide solutions for the challenges of the Hackathon in each emirate."
The event also reviewed the experience of CoDI, where the participants learned about the Center's advanced training programs covering technical, administrative, and leadership topics. They also learned about its role in enhancing the confidence of community members in mobile services, through improving quality and safety of online services applications.
OpenUAE is the first open source software community in the UAE, aims to enrich the open source culture in the UAE with more than 250 members representing the public, private and academic sectors.