A group of young web and mobile developers gathered last Saturday at the ArabNet Developer Tournament, the second in a series of regional tournaments for developers spanning 6 Arab countries: Lebanon, UAE, Jordan, Kuwait, KSA, and Qatar. The tournament, which was held with the sponsorship of du UAE and in partnership with Dubai Internet City (DIC), took place at the Dubai Knowledge Village in UAE. The venue quickly became tightly packed with more than 40 anxious competitors and many more that were there to network, build their coding skills and connect with potential employers.
The ArabNet Developer Tournament consisted of 3 Competition Rounds that challenged the participants in speed, creativity, and competency. The tournament also had two new elements that added a unique dimension to the competition. The Code Lab consisted of a high-level workshop that honed the hands-on skills of the developers, while the Job Fair allowed attendees to connect and build relationships early-on with potential employers from the design and development industries.
Fabio D’Emilio, GM of Technology at Intigral and one of the judges at the tournament, commented on the quality of developers saying: “It’s interesting to see how the developer community is actually growing in the region. The level is pretty good, but in general, the quality of developers is really high.” He added that he was also one of last year’s judges and has seen a major difference in the second tournament: “It’s a great place to meet people, and a great place to actually understand where the overall developer community is.”
Farid Gharazeddine, from Google Dubai, and another judge at the tournament, said: “I was pleasantly surprised at the standards of both the coding and the organization of the competition. I’m really impressed by some of the coding that I’ve seen today.”
Omar Christidis, CEO and Founder of ArabNet, explained the significance of organizing the tournament for the second year in a row, stating: “We created the competition with one goal in mind: to give Arab developers a chance to showcase their talent to the world, learn from each other, and get better opportunities to advance in their careers.”
The tournament ended with 4 top developers that were crowned as UAE’s Code Masters and received $5000 in cash prizes. The winners were: Code Master Kumail Tinwala in 1st place, Code Ninja Bilal Khartabil in 2nd place, Code Wizard Andrew Crosio in 3rd place, and Code Warrior Wojciech Gaca in 4th place. They will all represent UAE and compete with 20 expert Arab developers in the final Regional Championship that will be held at the ArabNet Digital Summit 2014 in Dubai.
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