Centre of Digital Innovation (CoDI) is an initiative launched by the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority-TDRA in the UAE in late 2013 as a response to the UAE’s attempt towards being a smarter and digitally transformed nation. CoDI does various capacity-building, research and development activities resulting in high-quality products and services in the area of ICT. CoDI has established an ecosystem of partners and stakeholders from different sectors. The ecosystem forms the main enabling pillar to drive CoDI forward. CoDI is physically located in Dubai at TDRA building. You do not need to be available physically at CoDI to benefit from their services as some of them are available online and are easily accessible from anywhere in the world.
TDRA Virtual Academy
Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) launched the TDRA Virtual Academy, known before as the Smart Government Virtual Academy with the aim to provide training and learning courses in the fields of business, information technology and soft skills.
Offered courses are beneficial for anyone seeking to develop his/her knowledge and skills in the growing field of ICT and innovation. Thus, it could be of as much benefit to a student as it could be to a fresh graduate, a budding entrepreneur or the head of an organization. Courses are designed for learners of all skill levels and from all backgrounds.
The academy has more than 50 online courses available for free in the mentioned fields. Training services may be provided in different formats which include on-site instructor-led sessions, virtual instructor-led, online sessions and self-paced training.
Read also about UAE Hackathons and the open data competitions and how you can develop your coding and programming skills through TDRA virtual Academy.
Innovation Summer Camp
Running across all seven emirates, the TDRA Summer Innovation Camp is one of the largest and most dynamic initiatives powered by the Centre of Digital Innovation. The TDRA Summer Innovation Camp was initiated in 2015 for children and teenagers ranging from the age of 6 to 17 years, aiming to nurture and build their ICT skills and talents. The camp continues to run every year in the summer time featuring the latest technology trends and interactive activities.
Launched in late 2018 and also the first of its kind, the User Experience Lab was established to optimise government applications and services offered through the web, smart devices and service booths. Advanced global methodologies are implemented in the User Experience Lab to ensure that websites and applications consider the requirements of users and meet the needs of enterprises to access services with ease. The lab provides comprehensive and integrated mechanisms; tests are conducted by specialised teams with the participation of the stakeholders in each project in the presence and participation of real users representing various personas.
Virtual Health Lab
In coordination with the University of Sharjah, CoDI has developed a VR surgery simulator that medical students use to learn to perform surgical operation. The project was successfully delivered to the university, which is currently used as an evaluation tool for students.
Other initiatives by CoDI
In addition to the above projects aiming to enhance digital transformation of government services, the Centre of Digital Innovation has launched many other initiatives to keep government services compatible with the age of AI and 4th Industrial Revolution. They are:
Updated on 30 May 2022