Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) recently announced the top 10 innovators of its
‘Digital Champions Program,' which was launched in February 2019 in partnership
The event was attended by high-level officials led by Saeed Al Mansoori, ADDA's Executive Director of shared government services and Samer Al-Lahham, Regional Manager, Cisco.
program's top innovators were Sabiha Shaik; Mouza Al Hammadi; Abdulaziz Al
Mansoori; Noura Juma; Safiya Ahmed; Fahed Ali Naji; Bushra; Shaki Ali; Amir
Abdella and Mohammad Al Ryatt. All of them showed strong performance and
demonstrated high aptitude during the course of their rigorous, specialized
training on Internet of Things (IoT), innovation, and research and development,
This year, the program attracted a total of 1000 participants of different nationalities, 42 of whom were UAE citizens. The rest came from Jordan, India, Yemen, Egypt, Oman, Palestine, Pakistan, and Sudan. Majority of the participants were female at 55 per cent.
H.E. Rauda Al Saadi, Director General of ADDA stressed on the important role that the event plays, especially in the authority's move to support the efforts to build a new generation of innovators equipped with advanced digital skills, making them more efficient across technological fields such as the Internet of Things (IoT).
H.E Al Saadi said: "The program follows the mandate and commitment of ADDA to develop the talents and build a generation of innovators and inventors in the country. Our top innovators are the pioneers of our future who are aware of the rapid changes being brought about by the mind-blowing digital innovations taking place worldwide. It is our hope that our innovators will soon take the lead in the UAE's digital transformation journey, which supports the transition to a sustainable knowledge economy. We congratulate the winners and praise their achievements, perseverance, dedication, and hard work."
Eid, Managing Director, East Region, Cisco Middle East, said:
"Cisco is proud to continue its contribution towards talent development and
capacity building in the UAE and across the region. We are delighted to have
partnered with ADDA to support the Digital Champions Program, which prides
itself upon empowering and upskilling local talent. Through the program, we
have seen over 1000 participants benefit from the use of customized online
learning solutions and interactive workshops. This will enable them to apply
their newfound skills in IoT to a range of careers, where digital
transformation is essential. In doing so, we believe they will help drive
innovation forward and strengthen our knowledge-based economy."
The program was launched to equip new graduates, university students, and government employees with advanced digital skills and make them more efficient in technological fields such as Internet of Things (IoT). It contains a set of courses offered by Cisco Net Academy that is designed to enhance the digital capacity and skills of innovators and inventors. The training will help them flourish in their careers, effectively meet the demands of future jobs, increase their competitiveness, become more technologically innovative, and be more prepared to successfully handle future functions.