Dubai: The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has concluded the “TRA Innovation Camp”, which was held in all emirates from July 7th to August 8th 2019, with the participation of about 2800 from different emirates.
The aim of the camp this year was to support the culture of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data science, and encourage the young generation for entrepreneurship, identifying innovative solutions, and shaping the future, in line with the UAE’s directions in the ICT sector, through various activities organized by the camp management.
H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, said: “The TRA Innovation Camp reflects TRA’s role in social responsibility, and its belief that real development begins and ends with the human being. Focusing on UAE’s young generation is a priority in terms of enhancing AI culture and innovation among students in various fields in general, and in ICT in particular.”
H.E. Al Mansoori added: “We are proud of the results achieved in this year’s edition of TRA Innovation Camp, in terms of enabling a national generation capable of leading the future, to achieve the aspirations of the wise leadership, and the UAE Vision 2021 in transitioning to a knowledge-based economy, by encouraging innovation, AI and big data, and through instilling the culture of entrepreneurship and Internet of Things (IoT).”
The camp activities focused on three main tracks: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data science, Robotics and Internet of Things (IoT), and digital innovation and entrepreneurship in information technology. The importance of these tracks stems from the fact that they reflect a vivid picture of the future, in light of the major transformations, especially the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which is creating new concepts of skills, jobs, and entrepreneurship.
The camp allowed the participating youth to learn the principles of establishing a virtual company through designing, and programming e-platforms to serve the project, such as a marketing smart App for the project, a customer service interface, and others. The participants were also given the opportunity to express their skills in designing different products that are essential to success in the modern time, such as presentation and marketing skills. Additionally, participants have learned about AI and data science, through collecting and analyzing data, as well as experimenting the capabilities of AI in information verification.
The camp participants were able to conduct practical experiments in building and programming robots, and participated in many events in IoT, smart devices, e-clouds and basics of electrical connections, in addition to teamwork and cooperation skills.
In its fifth edition, the camp has been a continuation of success achieved in previous editions, and a reflection of TRA’s commitment to its social responsibility towards the future generations of the UAE, through providing them with skills of smart cities, safe use of technology and building the future, as well as positive skills, volunteering, community service, and other activities.
The first edition of the “TRA Innovation Camp” was launched in 2015, targeting students of different ages from both genders. The camp included a number of activities that enhance the culture of innovation, focusing on modern information technologies, such as robotics, mobile applications, safe use of the Internet, and other technical areas. Additionally, it included various other activities that enrich the student's personality and life skills, such as leadership courses, towers building, healthy nutrition and financial management.
About the General Authority
for Regulating the Telecommunications SectorThe General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector was established in the United Arab Emirates pursuant to Federal Law No. 3 of 2003, with its role structured around two key areas, namely: Organizing the telecommunications sector, empowering government entities in m-Transformation, and enhancing cybersecurity to safeguard society and contribute to promoting happiness and quality of life.In the area of regulation, the role of the TRA is to ensure the provision of excellent telecommunications services, develop the sector, protect the interests of parties, implement relevant policy and regulatory frameworks, develop human resources, promote R&D, ensuring the UAE has a leading regional and global position in the telecommunications sector.In the area of empowerment, the TRA is responsible for overseeing the UAE Federal e-Government under Law No. 3 of 2011. Since then, the TRA has been responsible for the digital transformation of the federal government through two strategic objectives: enhancing the smart lifestyle and leadership in the smart technological infrastructure in the UAE.
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