Dubai launches blockchain-powered decentralised learning platform for digital skill development
The Smart Dubai Office has developed a blockchain-powered decentralised learning platform, in collaboration with the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), to support the development of digital skills and prepare individuals for careers in the economy of the future.
The Smart Dubai Office is developing the platform with the support of ConsenSys, which develops decentralised software services and applications that operate on the Ethereum blockchain.
The Smart City University will enable individuals not only to build their own educational paths, but also benefit from and get certification for skills acquired through non-traditional learning channels such as work projects, reading materials, conferences, workshops and online courses.
The University will also allow users to choose from a wide range of digital certifications that will enable them to combine learning programmes in different sectors and technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) in transportation and internet of things (IoT) technologies in the energy field. It will also enable them to benefit from the expertise of leading international trainers and experts.
The Smart City University was one among a host of initiatives launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council and Chairman of DFF’s Board of Trustees in February 2018 under the Dubai 10X initiative.
Overseen by the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), the Dubai 10X Initiative seeks to place Dubai Government entities 10 years ahead of the rest of the world in all sectors, by implementing today what other cities around the world might be implementing 10 years from now. Government bodies across sectors are contributing to the effort by implementing projects in collaboration with innovative tech companies.
His Highness announced 26 projects from 24 government departments that aim to advance Dubai 10X’s objective of placing Dubai Government entities 10 years ahead of the rest of the world. The projects were selected by a panel of experts after evaluating more than 160 ideas submitted by 36 organisations in less than 365 days.
HE Dr. Aisha bint Butti bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai Office stated, “As we prepare to implement the UAE Centennial Plan 2071 and usher in the fourth industrial revolution, there is a need to develop the digital skills of the workforce. Through the Smart City University, we are committed to providing the community with the right tools to acquire and develop digital skills.”
"We aim to bridge the digital skills gap by increasing the percentage of digitally skilled talent in the UAE to 10% by 2020. We also seek to support the global effort to enhance digital skills and strengthen Dubai’s international position in the digital field,” Her Excellency added.