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ICT Minister Witnesses Closing Ceremony of إbtiecar Competition, InnovEgypt Program
Cairo,19 Dec 2015

The Minister of Communications and information Technology Yasser ElKady witnessed, today, the closing ceremony activities of "إbtiecar" Competition and "InnovEgypt" Program, organized by TIEC

"إbtiecar" Competition and "InnovEgypt" Program are part of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) strategy that TIEC implements to promote the culture of innovation among university students and encourage them to develop distinguished ideas in the ICT field.

The ceremony was attended by a host of the two programs graduates from 19 Egyptian Universities, representatives of the participating universities academic staff and sponsoring entities and companies. During the ceremony, the winning teams in “إbtiecar" annual competition were honored for their outstanding graduation projects, and certificates were presented to graduates of the fourth and fifth intakes of "InnovEgypt" Program, aiming to build university student capacities in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship.

In his speech during the ceremony, ElKady ascertained that MCIT strongly supports all creative ideas submitted by young people, believing that creative thought of Egypt’s youth is able to create and devise appropriate technical solutions to all the challenges facing society. He added that the State relies largely on ICTs to accelerate the pace of work and achieve the transition towards a digital society to eliminate bureaucracy.

"إbtiecar" Competition is designed for the graduation projects of engineering and computers and information faculties students. It targets specific technology areas of the strategic orientation of the State or international companies operating in Egypt. The government entities and international companies provide technical care and awards for specialized projects in their business areas. "Intel", "Microsoft", the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), "Mobinil", EMC² and Cairo Orange Lab participate in organizing the current competition.

The competition is organized for the fourth consecutive year, and 29 universities participated through presenting 144 ideas. From those ideas, 103 projects emerged and 21 projects won awards— in different technological areas submitted by nine universities— which amounted to L.E 130000. Winners were also granted the opportunity to get training for three months in "Business Incentives" belonging to TIEC, in four governorates: Cairo, Alexandria, Assiut and Mansoura.

InnovEgypt is designed for building university students’ capacities. It is a unique program in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship in the ICT field, especially entrepreneurs wishing to establish their own companies or strengthen the skills needed by local or global companies.

The program aims to educate students on the foundations of innovation and technology management and the importance of protecting innovation through intellectual property rights (IRs). This is in addition to enabling students to generate innovative ideas through using scientific methodologies and develop entrepreneurial skills by providing the concepts and practical interactive application of using the basic tools necessary to start a new business.

The training framework of this program takes six consecutive days and it is for the students of university technical faculties. Its curriculum is divided into three main parts, explained to the students over two days for each part, including innovation and technology management, creative thought development and entrepreneurship principles.

The program first session was launched in 2013 in six universities in Egypt: Aswan, Assiut, Banha, Mansoura, Zagazig and Ain Shams as a pilot project with a total 291 students. During this year, the fourth and fifth sessions have been held, and their graduates exceeds 1000 students from 19 governmental universities distributed geographically on 16 governorates in Egypt. The total program graduates exceeds 2,700 students.

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