12 September 2021
Egypt Wins First Four Places in Arab Future Programmers Contest

Four teams, representing Egypt, have won the first, second, fourth and fifth places
in the 10th Arab Future Programmers Contest.  The Contest was organized on September 9 in Amman, Jordan, and sponsored by the Applied Science University (ASU). Around 100 teams from different Arab countries participated in the Contest.
During the Contest, the participants chose a programming language to develop technological solutions to the problems posed. The Contest aims to spot talented programmers from school students in several Arab countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and others. The aim is to encourage and support participants through honing their programming skills and helping transform their ideas into success stories. The winners are granted scholarships, valuable prizes, trophies and certificates.
The four Egyptian winning teams have been selected from the teams that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), in cooperation with Arab Academy for Science Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT), are training and preparing for the Egyptian Olympiad in Informatics (EOI). Around 60 teams participated in online qualifiers, held by MCIT and AASTMT, where the four teams were selected to participate in the Arab Future Programmers Contest.

Launched in 2003, by MCIT in cooperation with AASTMT, the EOI is the largest programming and problem-solving competition for preparatory and secondary school students. Young people winning in such competitions are occupying positions in major international companies such as Facebook and Microsoft. These competitions also helped many students obtain full scholarships at the most prestigious universities in the world such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University and the University of Waterloo in Canada.

The Egyptian participation in Arab and international competitions is the first step to prepare strong teams to represent Egypt, in preparation for Egypt's hosting of the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in 2024.

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