Scholarship and Attestation Application

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Scholarship and Attestation Application
(Third prize winner of Higher Education and Scientific Research Smart Applications Award)


Sohailah Makhmasi
Rana Azzam
Muhra Mohammed
Hussam Mohsineh

Under the guidance of:

Jamal Zemerly
Jason Ng (EBTIC)
Kin Poo (EBTIC)

The project was developed to provide two primary services which are:

– Provide information about scholarships and grants.

– Provide information about attested programs and educational institutions in the country.

For the first service, the application provides users with the necessary information to apply for a grant or scholarship from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research such as the necessary conditions that should be met by interested students, schools, universities and employees interested in higher education. The application also provides a list of countries and programs which the ministry offers scholarships for. Through the same application, which is interactive and user-friendly, users can fill a form with their necessary information in addition to attaching necessary documents directly from their smart phone. The application also allows users to follow-up on their registration process from submitting the information until the announcement of the results. To facilitate communication between users and the customer service staff at the ministry, the application provides instant messaging service which allows ministry representatives to reply to any queries for users which they will have during the process. Users can also evaluate the ministry services through the Express Your Opinion and Suggestions sections to assist the ministry in measuring the quality of service and enhancing it.

The second service provides information about attested programs and educational institutions in the country that users might be interested in. This service will allow users to identify accredited educational institutions through various photo recognition technology where a user can take a photo of the educational institution logo using a smartphone, the application will then direct the user to the necessary information and official videos of the educational institution.

The application is targeted to all students interested in higher education for a Bachelors’ degree, a Master’s Degree or a doctorate in any of the disciplines listed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. It also aims to identify and raise awareness about accredited academic institutions and programs in the country. In addition, the instant messaging service offered in the application is a beneficial communication tool for users to know more about the scholarships program and academic institutions in the country and any other enquiries about the ministry’s services. Finally, the Express Your Opinion and Suggestions sections will allow Ministry staff to take advantage of users evaluations and suggestions to improve the quality of service of the ministry.

NYUAD Hackathon

Proud of Huwayeti (هويتي) students team that worked on solving important challenges facing refugees, using Blockchain. The project was awarded Second place at NYUAD hackathon for social good in the arab world 2018.


Pizza at Midnight

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Pizza at Midnight : NYUAD Hackathon for Social Good

More than one hundred hackers, mentors, and judges from over thirty countries and universities converged on the idyllic campus of New York University – Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) to participate in the hackathon for social good founded by Professor Sana Odeh. Universities represented included Al Ain University of Science and Technology, Al Akhawayn University, American University of Beirut, Harvard, King Saud University, MIT, Oxford, Princeton, Stanford, Wellesley College, and Yale. Institutions represented included Bloomberg, CNN, Facebook, IBM, Google, Microsoft, United Nations, and great startups, some with connections to prior NYUAD hackathons.

The three-day programming marathon (agenda here) took place over an intense long spring weekend (26-29 April 2018) in Abu Dhabi. The experience included eating pizza at midnight as teams raced through the night to solve problems and deliver their hackathon projects – while entrepreneurs, faculty, students, industry professionals, and other participants indulged in intense tech discussions, initiated new projects, collaborations, and friendships that will last well beyond the hackathon itself.

Eighteen ideas, suggested by participants, to support refugees, minorities, and underprivileged, and to increase awareness and understanding of diverse cultures were reduced, through voting, to ten wonderful projects that were implemented by teams that formed during the hackathon. The projects were presented to outstanding judges on the final day. The projects were:

Boosala – Compass – Bring the lost home through the use of facial recognition technologies
Dawa – Medicine – Tackle counterfeit medications in the MENA region (hyperledger was at the core of the solution)
Huwayeti – My Identity – a blockchain hyperledger solution to manage the identity of refugees
Insahny – Advise Me – Collect in-class refugee camp live metrics of student participation using Emotion AI
Kuwaikeb – Small planets – An uplifting game for children to increase self-esteem and work against some of the recent self-harm games that have emerged on the Internet (2 amazing children participated in this project)
MedLughati – My Medical Language – to ease communication between medical staff and refugees through images, NLP & machine learning (Med Image Net was used)
Sawa – Together – A chat app to connect refugees to locals who want to learn colloquial Arabic.
ShoofChef – Sharing stories of Arabic cuisine via processing restaurant menus, recipes and more
Tataoua – Volunteer – An app to manage and foster volunteering with a leaderboard
Wadhafni – Hire me – an employee and employer matching app that operates through SMS benefiting the disadvantaged

The NYUAD hackathon for social good 2018
The teams presented, often extraordinary statistics, in support of their projects, e.g., the percentage of counterfeit medications in the region, or the number of refugees without any identification. The use of NLP (Natural language Processing), AI, and hyperledger was popular. Mentors were assigned to teams over the whole weekend and worked with the teams to overcome issues. The team assigned mentor approach helps build enduring relationships between mentors and hackers, and fosters community. Slack was used extensively through the event between and across teams. The code for the hackathon projects is posted on GitHub


Social Media Awards finalists

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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Voting now open for People’s Choice Award
du has announced its selected finalists for the 2nd annual du Social Media Awards. The judging panel has selected three nominees each for the Social Responsibility Award, Best Video Content Award, Best Blogger Award, and Best Social Supporter of Expo 2020 Award. All finalists are also eligible to win the People’s Choice Award, for which voting opened on 20th November at

Selected from more than 100 entrants, this year’s nominees are:

Social Responsibility Award:
– Hessa Sultan, for “1971 Team”
– Aisha Saeed Harib, for “Social Bandage”
– Hussam Mohsineh, for “ #myVOW”

Best Video Content Award:
– Saeed Mohammad Abdullah, for “WinVictoryLove” project
– Maryam Al Suwaidi, for “Don’t Leave Me”
– Abdul Rahman Al Ashab, for “Union Tree” project

Best Blogger Award:
– Hind Mezaina , for “The Culturist”
– Shamsa Al Sharif, for “Banat Zayed”
– Saleh Al Braik, for “Think Up GCC”

Best Social Supporter of Expo 2020 Award:
– Karam Raeed, for “Here is Dubai”
– Giorgio Ungana, for “A new day is coming”
– Ali Al Sayed, for “Dubomedy”

Members of the public can visit to vote for their favourite nominee to win the People’s Choice Award. Voting is open from 20 – 25 November.

Hala Badri, Executive Vice President, Brand and Communications, du, and a member of the du Social Media Awards’ judging panel, said: “The calibre of this year’s contestants was incredibly high, showing how sophisticated the use of social media has become in the UAE. Narrowing it down to just three contestants in each category was no easy feat, but we feel we have selected nominees who truly represent the values that we wish to see in the online world, and who encourage the “spirit of the Union” in light of the upcoming UAE National Day. Our nominees have demonstrated a strong patriotic spirit and sense of loyalty to their community and nation, whose social media efforts support the vision of our leadership for the betterment of the UAE.”

The winners of the du Social Media Awards will be announced at the du National Day Forum, which will be held on 26 November at Dubai Men’s College.