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(20-06-14) CEO of eGov Receives the Winning Team of Imagine Cup Pan Arab 2.

Al Qaed receives winners of Pan-Arab Microsoft’s Imagine Cup

: Saturday, June 21 - 2014 @ 15:59

eGovernment Authority (eGA) CEO Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Qaed received at his office ‘Butterfly team’ winner of the Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2014 Pan-Arab Semi Finals held early this month in Doha, Qatar; the team will represent Bahrain in the Worldwide Finals taking place this July in Seattle, USA and compete against 9 other teams from different countries.

Beside Mr. Al Qaed, the winning team members were also welcomed by eGA’s Vice CEO Dr. Zakareya Ahmed Al Khaja in the presence of Mr. Tareq Hijazi, Regional Country Manager for Microsoft Bahrain and Oman and Microsoft’s Academic Programs Manager Mr. Ahmed Majdi.

During the meeting, Mr. Al Qaed congratulated the winners for their honorable achievement in the name of Bahrain, pointing out that the real value of the competition is to allow young people to unleash their creative potential in the field of Information Technology, learn about teamwork and enjoy the team spirit, refine their skills and ability to develop their innovative ideas into great executions in order to globally stand-out.

Butterfly team members, Alaa Mohammed Abdulraheem and Marwa Buheila, thanked the eGovernment Authority for its continuous commitment to support and provide an inspiring environment for creativity and excellence. They both emphasized that partnership between public sector and members of the community is essential for the development of various sectors, especially in the field of information technology. They also expressed their gratitude for the authority’s dedication in strengthening partnership between these two segments.

In the final round, 9 countries will compete for the worldwide finals’ first prize worth US$50,000. Bahrain will be represented by ‘Butterfly’ – the winner in the Innovation category for presenting the Nail Polish Mixer, a mobile application that enables women to create and produce their own nail polish in their favorite colors in less than a minute. The application also allows users to select from different shades of color, and share them across various social media platforms.

The Pan-Arab Finals of Microsoft Imagine Cup 2014, which hosted 23 teams from 12 Arab countries, witnessed strong competition in innovation where more than 140 students, mentors and judges from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the UAE took part in the semi-finals.

Notably, the Microsoft’s Imagine Cup which has been sponsored by Microsoft for 11 years attracts crowds of youth community where about 1.75 million students from 190 countries participated since 2003.

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