Job as prompt engineer: Sheikh Hamdan wants 1 million people upskilled

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Sheikh Hamdan inaugurates the Dubai AI Campus cluster at DIFC Innovation Hub on May 19, 2024.

If you’re switching to a new career, you might want to consider being a prompt engineer.

The emerging job is getting a lot of support from no less than Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, who launched this week the world’s first and largest training initiative in AI prompt engineering.

Dubai’s “One Million Prompters” initiative aims to upskill one million people in prompt engineering over the next three years.

Sheikh Hamdan said the global initiative will “prepare, develop and empower competencies with the skills needed to harness the potential of AI applications to advance innovation, progress and economic growth.”

“We are experiencing a tremendous acceleration in technological progress, which requires new skills in labour markets. Coding was formerly in demand, but today, prompt engineering has become one of the most promising skills,” Sheikh Hamdan said.

The first-of-its-kind prompt engineering initiative will train people to develop expertise and competencies in AI prompt engineering, which involves crafting precise and effective instructions for AI systems to achieve desired outcomes in various tasks, ranging from generating creative content to solving complex challenges.

The initiative will follow an extensive programme that includes training courses to upskill individuals in AI and prompt engineering, offering them accredited certifications to validate their expertise and help them stand out. Interested individuals can reach out to the Dubai Future Foundation for details on how to apply.

It will also host various competitions and provide a platform for talents to network and collaborate with experts across the technology ecosystem, including the Global Prompt Engineering Championship, which ended on Tuesday with contestants winning total prizes of Fh1 million. It was organised by the Dubai Centre for Artificial Intelligence.

The winner of the Coding category was Ajay Cyril from India. Megan Fowkes from Austria won the Art segment, while Aditya Nair from India was victorious in the Literature category.

Sheikh Hamdan directed that the second edition of the Global Prompt Engineering Championship, to be held next year, should be expanded to include more categories in areas such as software, videos, and other key fields. ICA/Expat Media

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