In the presence of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II of Jordan, Her Excellency Yasera Ghosheh Minister of State for Institutional Performance Development, today announced the winners of the Crown Prince Award for Best Government Service Application. The Award falls within the framework of the strategic partnership in government modernization between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

Held at the King Hussein Auditorium in Amman, the ceremony drew the participation of a high-level delegation from the UAE, headed by Her Excellency Ohood Bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing and Director General of UAE Prime Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future. Other delegates included His Excellency Ahmed Ali Mohammed Al Balushi , UAE Ambassador to Jordan, His Excellency Mohammed Bin Taliah, Assistant Director General for the Government Services Sector at the Prime Minister’s Office, and His Excellency Dr Yasir Al Naqbi, Assistant Director General for Leadership and Government Capabilities at the Prime Minister’s Office. Also present were Jordanian ministers, government officials, more than 400 university representatives, and the participating students.  

Creating Innovative Solutions

The prize money of the first award of its kind in Jordan amounts to JD100,000 (AED500,000), distributed as JD50,000 to the first-place winner, JD30,000 to the runner-up, and JD20,000 to the second runner-up.

Launched in April 2019, the Award seeks to motivate students of Jordanian universities to develop creative solutions that simplify government services. In the inaugural edition, the categories included health, education, tourism, business, transportation, and water. This year, more than 300 students from 18 universities submitted 94 applications for this challenge, 57 of which qualified for the second round. More than 50 percent of the total number of entries focused on the education and healthcare sectors.

Her Excellency Yasera Ghosheh praised the efforts of the winners and participants of the Crown Prince Award for Best Government Service Application, stressing the importance of stimulating creativity and innovation among university students, and translating their ideas into practical solutions

She also added “As one of the key Jordanian government initiatives that invest in students, the Award serves as an incubator for ambitious youth projects aimed at achieving government excellence.”

Furthermore, she encouraged government entities keen to benefit from the winning solutions to partner with the winners and support them in developing the applications further to reach their full potential.

Underlining the significance of the Award, Her Excellency Ohood Bint Khalfan Al Roumi said: “The Crown Prince Award for Best Government Service Application encourages Jordanian youth to contribute to society through helping government entities provide better, faster, and more efficient services with the aim of boosting customer happiness and enhancing quality of life.”  

She highlighted the strength of the historical relations between Jordan and the UAE, especially in the field of government modernization and institutional performance improvement, supported by the leaderships of the two countries.

The Winners

Khadamaty Facilitates Issuing Utility Invoices

The winning application, KhadamatY (My Services), was designed by Ahmed Bassem Nour El-Din Badawi and Mohamed Raed Shaher Hussein from Al al-Bayt University. The app facilitates water and electricity invoicing for the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. It also simplifies the process of obtaining these invoices, deals with delays in receiving or delivering them, and enables filing complaints about the amounts invoiced, supported by an image of the meter.

SOS Jordan Launches Distress Calls

The runner-up was the SOS Jordan application that was developed by Saif Al-Din Muhammad Saif Al-Din Al-Ansari from Princess Sumaya University for Technology and Abdullah Ihab Azmi Awad from the Applied Science Private University. The app enables immediate access to emergency services through launching a distress call to the nearest hospital or police station, accompanied by the location of the callers and information about any medical conditions they may have. Users can also alert their relatives and friends about the distress call by text message.

Vaccines Jo Supports Children’s Vaccination

The third place was awarded to Vaccine Jo, an application developed by Amr Imad Al Darawshe and Alina Sami Abu Siam from Princess Sumaya University for Technology. The app manages, organizes, and tracks the vaccinations of newborns and children. It also serves as a one-stop information resource that provides a comprehensive explanation of the vaccines, including their side effects, and lists of the health centers in which they are available. In addition, it provides an overview of the vaccination campaigns conducted by the Ministry of Health, their dates, and ways to participate.

New Categories

The second edition of the Award was launched in February 2020, and the results will be announced in February 2021. This year witnessed the addition of new categories that will be announced shortly.

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Source: APCO Worldwide