The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced the launch of the "TRA Innovation Camp" in its fifth edition on Sunday, July 7th till 8th August 2019 , The camp aims at introducing the youth to the important future technologies, exploration, future shaping, and self-development skills, in line with the UAE’s strategy in the ICT field.
Commenting on the subject, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, said: “The Innovation Camp reflects TRA’s commitment to the leadership’s directives to create an innovation stimulating environment to make the UAE first globally in various fields. The camp contributes to the promotion and dissemination of the ICT innovation culture among the UAE’s youth, and encourages them to excel and cerate, as part of the efforts of building and preparing the UAE talents and capacities.”
H.E. Al Mansoori added: “The camp is managed by a group of the top TRA employees who have extensive experience in ICT, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT). They will introduce the students to the requirements of the next phase and future fields that serve the aspirations of the country in smart cities, information security, space science and AI. TRA opened the door for university students to volunteer as administrative and training assistants in order to gain practical experience in the management of such activities.”
The camp, which targets school children aged 6-17 years, includes a variety of programs, particularly in the fields of ICT. The camp focuses on programming, which is included in the three main tracks: digital innovation and entrepreneurship, AI and data science, and Robotics and IoT, in order to allow all students to learn about the latest techniques and methods of programming, to support the UAE progress and prepare the new generation for future jobs.
The camp will allow students to learn the principles of establishing a virtual company by designing and programming electronic platforms to serve the project, such as the project marketing, an interface to serve the project customers and others. The students will also acquire research, product design, presentation and marketing skills. They will be introduced to concepts of AI and data science through data collection and analysis, and experiencing the AI in information verification.
Students will learn how to design, build and program robots as well as the concepts of IoT, smart devices, e- cloud and the fundamentals of electrical connections. The camp is also an ideal opportunity to acquire teamwork and collaboration, presentation and public speaking skills.
It is worth mentioning that the camp in its 5th edition is a continuation of the success achieved in the previous editions, and reflects TRA’s commitment to its social responsibility towards Emirati students by providing them with the necessary skills related to the Smart City, safe use of technology and social networking, design and arts, volunteerism, community service, and other activities.