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Within the framework of the project "Promotion of the Digital Arabic Content Industry through Incubation" which was initiated in 2007, UN-ESCWA, in collaboration with selected technology incubators in the region, organized several national competitions to incubate the best digital Arabic content (DAC) projects during the second half of 2008. The competition was open to young entrepreneurs as well as university and college graduates who have a project idea or a concept that would contribute to the development of the DAC industry.

The main aims of the DAC competition are:

  • encouraging university graduates to work in the DAC domain in view of its importance and the available market opportunities;

  • instigating entrepreneurs and guiding them towards new investment opportunities;

  • raising awareness on the importance of DAC and promoting this industry in the region.


Final Results

The DAC Competition in Palestine was launched by UN-ESCWA in cooperation with the Palestine Information and Communication Technology Incubator (PICTI) between 25 June and 31 July 2008. Sixteen applications were received as participants to the competition.

Following a two-phased evaluation process undertaken by UN-ESCWA, PICTI as well as experts from the business domain, the Arabic OCR System was selected as winner of the competition.

The Arabic OCR System is an optical character recognition system which uses neural networks possessing with an ability to ‘learn’. It has a precision rate up to 95% and an ability to recognize a variety of fonts as well as handwritten script. It was presented by Abdel Karim Kaabneh and Ibrahim Mleihat.

The project was awarded an incubation period of one year which started in November 2008 at PICTI premises.


The Information and Communication Technology Division at UN-ESCWA in cooperation with Palestine Information and Communication Technology Incubator (PICTI), launched the Digital Arabic Content Competition in Palestine on 25 June 2008. The event took place at PICTI premises in Al Bireh, Ramallah and included presentations on the importance and opportunities of the digital Arabic content industry, the Digital Arabic Content Competition and modalities of participation; and the services offered by PICTI for winning projects.

Over 40 participants attended the event representing different universities, enterprises as well as graduates and entrepreneurs.

All eligible and interested parties are now encouraged to fill out and submit the application form before the set deadline on 31 July 2008.

Announcement      [Arabic]  [English]
Application Form   [Arabic]  [English]

Launching event photos          [1]     [2]     [3]


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