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:: Oct., 2014





























AMECSE 2014 Successfully Ended

Under the auspices of his Excellency Eng. Atef Helmy, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology , The Software Engineering Competence Center (SECC) of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) launched the first edition of Africa and Middle East Conference on Software Engineering (AMECSE 2014) in Egypt at the Smart Village Convention Center on October 21-22.

AMECSE 2014 was attended by around 300 specialists from the industry, academia and government institutions in Egypt. A number of research papers, tutorials and keynote talks were presented by distinguished speakers from Egypt, UK, Spain, India, France ,Kenya, Kuwait and Rwanda.

AMECSE 2014 is the first of its kind conference in Africa and the Middle East specialized in software engineering, tackled a number of key issues including open source data, cloud computing and internet applications , topics related to software innovation policies and ecosystems, software economics, advances in new and emerging technologies and their impact on society and economic growth. The conference was a good opportunity to communicate with specialists to promote cooperation between policy makers and researches, finding solutions to regional mutual challenges in the field of software engineering

AMECSE 2014 focused on opportunities that enable micro, small and medium enterprises to grow and develop in addition to examine benefiting of big data and application development, and e-government and how governments can benefit of available big data of all sectors and invest them in economic and effective manners. The means of cultivating skills in software development and key international trends in this area to direct the programmers towards new technologies in addition to be acquainted with desired work atmosphere to stimulate entrepreneurship., were also discussed during the conference

AMECSE organizing committee consisted of professionals from ITIDA and SECC; and the technical committee members represented 25 international organizations and universities. The feedback received about what was presented during the conference and the quality of speakers and presenters was excellent.












"1st Africa and Middle East Conference on Software Engineering (AMECSE 2014) that has been held on October 21-22, 2014 in Egypt at the Smart Village’s Convention Center"

AMECSE 2014 is the first conference in Africa and Middle East Regions that focus on software engineering, the conference was organized under the auspices of H.E. Atef Helmy The Minister of Communications and Information Technology on 21 and 22 October, 2014 at the Smart Village's Convention Center.


For your convenience, please open the conference-at-a-glance poster with key information about the event. For more details about the speakers, papers, tutorials, and registration details, please visit the conference website at http://2014.amecse-conferences.org/ or e-mail us at info@amecse-conferences.org

:: Aug., 2014








"Africa and Middle East Conference on Software Engineering, AMECSE 2014"

SECC/ITIDA is pleased to announce the opening of Call for Papers for participation at the first version of Africa and Middle East Conference on Software Engineering, AMECSE 2014 to be held in Egypt at Smart Village's Covention Center on October 21-22, 2014.


Visit AMECSE website for more information.

   
:: July, 2014


















"Real Estate Smart Link" team wins the First Semantic-Web Hachathon

July 3, 2014 witnessed the closure ceremony of the First Semantic-Web Hachathon that was announced by SECC on February 26, 2014. The "Real Estate Smart Link" team successfully passed all stages of the Hackathon: Use Case Ideas and Use Case Implementation stages and won the Hackathon.

During the event the team presented on their developed system using SALE, explaining the problems and the benefits of using both Semantic Web and SALE platform. The team received its award by Dr. Haitham Hamza, SECC R&D Department Manager. The team was also awarded free seats in the Introduction to Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Introduction to Semantic-Web Information Management training courses; SALE platform's full source code; and the opportunity to participate in The TIEC Entrepreneurship Accelerator (TEA) Program.

It is worth mentioning that the main target of the SALE platform is to handle the end-to-end delivery of advertisements. SALE introduces an easy to use platform to customize and build context aware mobile advertising applications.

Visit SALE website and join SALE Facebook Page to know all SALE information.

   
:: May, 2014















19 - 21 May: R&D Introduction to Semantic-Web Information Management

How can you maximize the utilization and value of your content? How can you discover the deep relations between your semi-structured and structured data in order to compile new information-based products? If you are interested in learning the answers to these questions, then Semantic Web could help!

Semantic Web is the next generation web technology by which resources will be more accessible to automated processes. It is the vision of LINKED information that can be readily interpreted by machines, so machines can perform smarter tasks for finding, combining, and acting upon information on the web not just for displaying purposes, but also for automation, integration, and reuse of data across various applications.

This course aims at exploiting the benefits of semantic web by providing the know-how of underlying technologies such as RDFa, microformat, and Linked Data. These technologies can be used to leverage the process of storing, sorting, and presenting resources with new values in order to build innovative and state-of-the-art solutions that support the business. Read more ...

   
:: Apr., 2014















20 - 22 Apr.: R&D Team paper published in the ICNS- Chamonix, France

SECC R&D team in collaboration with their research partner from University of Bologna, Italy and Cairo University published a paper entitled “Design and Implementation of an Interoperable and Extendable Smart Home Semantic Architecture using Smart-M3 and SOA”.

The paper was published at “ICNS 2014: The Tenth International Conference on Networking and Services” that was held on April 20 - 24, 2014 - Chamonix, France. Eng. Azza Kamal, Senior R&D engineer, presented the paper and related work during the conference.

The conference is organized by the International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA), which is an non-for-profit non-government organization, aiming at promoting scientific and industrial interchanges between members of existing associations, standardization bodies, and fora, and establishing bridges between different scientific, academic and industrial cultures.
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13 - 14 Apr.: SECC Participates at the Third Annual ICT for PWD Conference

The third annual ICT for People with Disabilities (PWDs) Conference: Integration, Empowerment, and Participation was organized by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on April 13 -14, 2014.

The conference aims at empowering and integrating PWDs into the community to benefit from their capabilities and innovations.

During the conference, Dr. Haitham Hamza, R&D department manager at SECC conducted a session providing an overview of Horizon 2020 and the opportunities available for the ICT community in Egypt.









13 Apr.: Exploiting Semantic Technology into Business Practice using Smart-M3 Architecture - One Day Training

Learn on-the SPOT is a new SECC service aiming at introducing new technologies as a one day crash course. This SPOT focuses on exploiting the Semantic Web technology into business. Semantic technology is a new way of representing data in a machine understandable format. This can be applied to any business domain as an alternative to traditional data models like relational databases. Being machine understandable opens new opportunities to better utilize information and evolve business. read more & reserve your seat...
















14 - 16 Apr.: 4th round of Introduction to Semantic-Web Information Management Training Course

How can you maximize the utilization and value of your content? How can you discover the deep relations between your semi-structured and structured data in order to compile new information-based products? If you are interested in learning the answers to these questions, then Semantic Web could help!

Semantic Web is the next generation web technology by which resources will be more accessible to automated processes. It is the vision of LINKED information that can be readily interpreted by machines, so machines can perform smarter tasks for finding, combining, and acting upon information on the web not just for displaying purposes, but also for automation, integration, and reuse of data across various applications.

This course aims at exploiting the benefits of semantic web by providing the know-how of underlying technologies such as RDFa, microformat, and Linked Data. These technologies can be used to leverage the process of storing, sorting, and presenting resources with new values in order to build innovative and state-of-the-art solutions that support the business. read more & reserve your seat...

   
:: Mar., 2014
   

















First Semantic-Web Hachathon organized by SECC
Competition for the most innovative ideas to build new features & use cases using SALE Platform

Stage 1: Write innovative use cases using SALE [Submission deadline for stage 1 is March 30, 2014]
Award for TOP 10 WINNERS:

  • Free 2 days course on the SALE Architecture
  • SALE Platform Development Version

Stage 2 : Implement the proposed ideas
Award for TOP 3 WINNERS:
  • Free seats in SOA and Semantic-Web Information Management courses
  • SALE Platform full source code
  • Addition of winners names & affiliations to SALE Website Contributors page
  • Opportunity to participate in the TIEC Entrepreneurship Accelerator (TEA) Program
For more details and how to apply, please visit: http://sale-community.com/semantic-hackathon/
   
:: Feb., 2014











RECOCAPE Event 2014 “Semantic Technologies for Web, Applications & Internet of Things”

The event discussed Semantic Technology utilization in dealing with the increasing complexity of emerging systems and its role in the realization of the IoT technology. Sessions have been provided by a group of SECC experts, Industry professionals and representatives from TECNALIA of Spain, VTT of Finland, and UNIBO of Italy

In conjunction, the event witnessed the launching of the IoT-Egypt Forum and the kick-off of the first SECC Hackathon on Semantic Technology using the SALE (Semantic Advertisement pLatform for Egypt) platform developed during the RECOCAPE project.

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The Introduction to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) for SMEs Training Course from 10 to 12 Mar., 2014

SECC is organizing a 3-day training course in Introduction to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) for SMEs
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The 3 rd round of Introduction to Application Development for Smart Environments/ Exploiting the Semantic Technology Training Course from 4 to 6 Mar., 2014

This course aims at introducing the attendees to the basic concept of smart environments. The course provides practical hands-on experience in using SMART-M3 architecture to develop smart environment applications, read more...










The 3rd round of Domain Specific Modeling for Automatic Code Generation The Model Driven Development Approach - Training Course from 10 to 12 Feb. 2014

Model-driven Development, or MDD, is an approach that represents the software development life-cycle as a modeling and model transformation activities. A model is the abstract representation of a part of the function, structure and/or behavior of a system. It is expressed in a well-defined language (syntax and semantics) which is suitable for automated interpretation. Models help users and developers to cope with large and complex systems dealing with high level concepts at the right level of abstraction, which is a powerful aid for improving understanding. read more ...

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