Posted on March 08, 2017

TumuhaTEC’s Digital Youth Festival was inaugurated by HE the Minister of Transport and Communication Mr. Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti and HE the Minister of Education Dr. Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi at Qitcom 2017. The festival was managed by Microsoft and held under the patronage of Qatar National Commission for UNESCO.

The Festival hosted hundreds of children from all across the country aged eight years and above. Visitors, students and teachers were able to enjoy a series of specially designed zones that encouraged innovative, meaningful and enjoyable experiences. These five zones were designed to instill the skills needed for emerging technologies in a digital future.

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Children were able to design, program and test a variety of robots and electronic devices in a “Coding” zone, and a “Maker Space” zone encouraged creative thinking through various design, build and testing of projects with a 3D printer. The “Edutainment” zone encouraged critical thinking and collaboration among youth through enjoyable and educating activities, and the “Digital Presence” zone introduced students to digital media production and digital responsibility within a cyber space. Additionally, a space was created for “Tech Talks” and featured motivational speakers and a wide range of topics carefully selected to inspire young minds.

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Cutting across all the different zones and activities in the Digital Youth Festival were the underlying themes of engaging girls in technology to show solidarity with International Women’s Day on 8 March and to encourage and inspire these young women to pursue opportunities in the technology sector. Recognizing the fundamental role that teachers play in children’s ICT education, the Digital Youth Festival had an area dedicated just for teachers through an “Educator Empowerment” zone showcasing digital teaching tools.