TAC encourages young Jordanians to explore and engage in new emerging technologies in order to create a tech-savvy generation of innovators capable of bolstering Jordan’s position as a regional IT hub.
A total of 33 schools were invited to the Orientation Day held on Thursday September 22nd, 2011. 10 teams from different high schools representing the majority of the Kingdom’s governorates will qualify to compete in this cycle. Competing teams are expected to design and develop an iOS application that corresponds with TAC’s 2011 theme Jordanian Products. Applications should be submitted in English, be compatible with Apple devices such as the iPhone and iPad and showcase local products that demonstrate the Kingdom’s rich cultural heritage. Participating students will undergo a five-day training workshop on the basics of application design and development at the Jordan Gaming Lab – another initiative supported by His Majesty that endeavors to advance Jordan’s gaming development capacity.
“We are very excited to see what The App Challenge 2011 will bring this time. The competition’s results in the first cycle under the theme of Tourism in Jordan proved that young Jordanians are brewing with creativity. In this cycle, we are looking for applications that blend ingenuity with technical aptitude and we urge all interested schools to apply,” said Nour Khrais, Founder of Maysalward and the technical partner in “The App Challenge 2011”.
Khrais added that the applications will be assessed by a panel of international experts against the following criteria: content relevance to target audiences and information validity, programming and coding quality and the use of technology, creativity in design and the use of multimedia features, in addition to the App’s user-friendliness and practicality.
During its first cycle in 2011, the team from Amman National School was awarded by His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein for its Jordan In-N-Out application which was later released on the Apple Store.
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