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مايو 16, 2016

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences announces the Winners of Kuwait e-Content Prize

Kuwait - The Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) announced the winners (individuals and institutions) of the sixth season of Kuwait Prize for e-Content (2015-2016), which includes eight categories and prizes value of 50,000 Kuwaiti Dinars.

The Foundation’s Director General, Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin stated that the prize will have its winners recognized and honored under the auspices of His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Chairman of the Board of Directors. He added that this prize aims to encourage creativity in enriching electronic content in Kuwait.

Nominations to the World Summit Award (WSA Informatics) is made from among the Kuwait e-Content winners so that they compete representing the State of Kuwait.

Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin declared the winner in the first category (e-government), the website (Statistical Services System) as the ‘Public Authority for Civil Information’ in first place and the (Electronic Communication and Signature Management System) of the Ministry of Finance in second place. Third place in this category went to (Tenderer Evaluation Model) of the Kuwait Oil Company.

The Director General indicated that in the second category (e-learning) first place went to the (Chef in Hand) program, a mobile phone application designed by Mohammed Jassim Mahataib; second place won by the website (Teach New Converts) submitted by Al Najat Charitable Society (E-Da`wah Committee); third place claimed by the (Quran in my hands) program, a mobile phone application designed by a group of Kuwaitis: Hamad Jamal al-Thanyan, Hamad Yousef al-Ghanim, Abdul Aziz Ghazi al-Zanki, Abdullah Hassan Ali, and Khuzam Abdullah al-Hamdan.

Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin confirmed that first place in the third category (E-Heritage) was withheld, second place was won by the website (Khaleejesque magazine) on the (Khaleejesque for publication and distribution Institution) website, while third place was awarded to (Timelines of Kuwait) a mobile phone application presented by Mazeed Ahmad Abdul-Jalil, jointly with the website (documenting the history of al-Khalid family), designed by Dhari Hamad Al-Khalid.

In the fourth category (e-Science), the first place will be received by Andy library (Astronomical Equipment Open System), a website and software for desktop computers designed by Jassim Khazal Mutlaq; second place won by the Kuwait Oil Company intranet site (Tracking wells’ injection system); third place (Decision-making Automated System), a mobile phone application designed by Abdulaziz Mallallah Al Awadi.

The Director General also announced that first place in the fifth category (e-inclusion) was won by the (Koran Radio Stations) of Al-Najat Charitable Society (E-Da`wah Committee); second place was claimed by the website (Kheir Online) of Al Eslah Society (Global Mercy); third place went to the (White Hands volunteers) Project, which was designed by Munira Mohammed al-Mahdi and shared by the website (ATA Hub) of the ATAHUB network as third place winner.

Dr. Shihab-Eldin indicated that in the sixth category (e-Entertainment), first place went to the mobile phone application (Al-Damah game) designed by Mazeed Ahmad Abdul Jalil, while second place went to (Nasser’s Stories) a mobile phone application designed by Ghaliah Salah al-Mutawa. Third place in this category was claimed by the (Kattouf al-Kheir) project, which is a mobile phone website and application designed by the General Secretariat of Al Awqaf.

E-Health, the seventh category, has the first place awarded to (Automated System for the Monitoring of Safety in Drilling Operations), a desktop computer program designed by the Kuwait Oil Company (Research and Technology Group); second place went to the internet website (my story with Celiac –Celiac Disease Awareness), designed by Suad Fahed al-Feraih; while third place went to the (Kuwait pediatricians Club) program for mobile phones, designed by Aamenah Fadel al-Kut, Hisham Mansour Hijab, and Iman Mubarak al-Enezi.

The Director General announced the winners of the eighth category (e-commerce). The first place was won by the website (Online Rentals) designed by Shaheen Mansour al-Khodary, Talal Jacob al-Yaseen, and Ali Ahmed Taqi; second place was won by the website (Student Hub) designed by Khalid Bassam Al-Mutawa; third place was awarded to the website (Gabgab.com) designed by Nawaf Salem Arhamah.

Dr. Shihab-Eldin indicated that there are six criteria accredited by the World Summit Award (Informatics Summit Award) used to evaluate projects. The first criterion is quality of content and comprehensiveness. The second is ease of use in navigation and orientation. The third is the potential to use added value means for various interactive media.

Quality and attractiveness of design, aesthetics and use of graphics/sounds (multimedia) is the forth criterion. The fifth is craftsmanship quality (technical tools, programming languages and systems design). While the strategic significance of the project in the development of information society around the world is the sixth criterion.

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences has launched the Kuwait e-Content award in 2008 in line with its objectives to encourage progress in the field of information technology, to enrich the technological innovation and production built on scientific grounds, to create a competitive environment for the Kuwaiti youth and to raise the level of quality for their electronic business to be able to compete in international events, and to strengthen the position of the State of Kuwait on the global technology map.