His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II on Tuesday attended a ceremony announcing the winners of the Crown Prince Award for Best Government Service Application, a Crown Prince Foundation (CPF) initiative launched in April 2019 within the framework of strategic partnership and cooperation between Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
The award aims to encourage Jordanian university students to come up with innovative smartphone app solutions to simplify government services within various sectors, including health, education, tourism, business, transportation and water.
Three key criteria were used to evaluate the best apps—efficiency and effectiveness, representing 40 per cent of the assessment; user friendliness (40 per cent); and innovation (20 per cent). Over 300 students from 32 university were targeted.
The first place prize of JD50,000 was awarded to Khadamaty, an app that facilitates invoicing household, commercial and industrial utility bills, developed by Ahmad Badawi and Mohammad Hussein, from Al al Bayt University.
The second place prize of JD30,000 was awarded to SOS Jordan , an app that sends a distress signal along with the user’s medical history record to an emergency contact list, developed by Saif al Deen al Ansari from Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), and Abdullah Awad from the Applied Science Private University.
The third place award of JD20,000 went to Vaccine Jo, an app dedicated to tracking the vaccination and immunisation history of children as recommended by the Ministry of Health, developed by Amr Al Darawsheh and Alina Abu Siam, from PSUT.
A number of Jordanian ministers, UAE Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing Ohoud bint Khalfan Al Roumi, heads of local universities, CPF CEO Tamam Mango, UAE Ambassador to Jordan Ahmed Ali Mohammed Al Balushi, and several senior officials attended the ceremony.