The fifth annual Mobile Application Contest (MAC) was hosted by Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) at the Park Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi. Students from nine universities across the UAE and the region participated in this year's competition and displayed 15 innovative projects in the Mobile phone applications field. The competition this year showcased a heightened level of technical development among participants. Four application projects won first place, presented by students from Abu Dhabi University, Khalifa University and Zayed UniversityZayed University and which were critiqued under the supervision of a committee of judges. The committee was chaired by telecommunications Engineer, Saif Bin Ghelaita from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA); Yousuf Al Askar and Hamad Al Hosany from Etisalat; Dr. Wathiq Mansour from American University of Dubai (AUD) and; Mohamed Al Ramsi from the TRATRA.
The first position holder was a project that dealt with the calculation of the risk level resulting from using a mobile phone while driving. This was done by measuring the speed of the car using GPS technology and the intensity of the phone usage, whether through calls or SMS messages, and alerting the driver to the extent of the potential risk. The second place project showcased an application that allows a person to remotely control PowerPoint Slides while making a presentation, by calculating the velocities of different signs and gestures of the human body. The first, second, third and fourth prize winners received AED 20,000, AED 15,000, AED 10,000 and AED 5,000 respectively.