Top Saudi universities to participate in hackathon competition

Hackathon is a competition and challenge that brings together technology pioneers.
Updated 18 November 2017
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Top Saudi universities to participate in hackathon competition

RIYADH: A number of top universities in the Kingdom will participate in the “Hackathon” competition that gets underway on Nov. 21 in the Saudi capital.
The event, which is being organized by Vechoport # menaisc2017, will be held in connection with the fifth annual information security conference for the Middle East and North Africa region.

The competition comes on the heels of the earlier launch of “Hackathon Arabia” at a local hotel in Riyadh.

Hackathon is a competition and challenge that brings together technology pioneers including designers and developers with outstanding skills, and encourage them to develop applications and games in different areas.

Samer Omar, Vechoport # menaisc2017 executive director, said the competition aims to attract the participation of young Saudis.

He said their participation will be in preparation for future roles for them in information security and protection in the Kingdom.

Omar, an engineer, said that the competition targets “Saudi government personnel and private university students working as a platform for inspiration.”

He added that the contest — designed by Fairshow Port and sponsored by the Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) — brings out and nurtures their technical talents through a healthy and fruitful competition.

Omar added that the top three participants in the competition will receive cash prizes as well as recognition for them and their talents from the relevant and concerned universities in the Kingdom and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

He added that there are plans to broadcast the event live and also come up with video clips on private channels.

The participating universities include King Abdul Aziz University, Prince Sultan University, Effat University, Majma University, Al-Yamamah University, King Saud University, Dar Al-Hekma University, Princess Nourah University and Madinah Islamic University.


Saudi Arabia FM: Khashoggi murder investigations will continue until all questions are answered

Updated 26 min 49 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia FM: Khashoggi murder investigations will continue until all questions are answered

  • Saudi Arabia is committed to holding those involved in the murder accountable through the judiciary
  • Al-Jubeir insisted that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had nothing to do with Khashoggi’s death

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is still seeking answers to a number of questions in the investigation into Jamal Khashoggi's death, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Thursday.

The Kingdom is committed to holding those involved in the murder accountable through the judiciary, and investigations into journalist’s killing will continue until all questions are answered, Al-Jubeir said.

Al-Jubeir added that the defendants and the victim in the Khashoggi case are Saudis and that the incident took place on Saudi land. He continued by saying that there has been an attempt to politicize Khashoggi’s case, and that this is regrettable.

Al-Jubeir insisted that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had nothing to do with Khashoggi’s death.

“The Qatari media have launched an organized campaign against Saudi Arabia and are exploiting Khashoggi’s case,” Al-Jubeir added.

He said there is a difference between imposing penalties on those accused and holding Saudi Arabia responsible for Khashoggi’s death.

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Bahrain said Thursday that it rejects the politicization or internationalization of the Khashoggi case. 

The Secretariat General of the Arab League praised the seriousness of the steps taken by Saudi Arabia in the Khashoggi case, and said that the measures show the Kingdom's interest in identifying those involved in the crime. 

Hours after the public prosecurtor's statment, the US placed punishing economic sanctions on 17 Saudis allegedly involved in Khashoggi's murder.

"The Saudi officials we are sanctioning were involved in the abhorrent killing of Jamal Khashoggi," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. "These individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United States must face consequences for their actions."

The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani said the details of the investigation released Thursday “confirm the Kingdom’s commitment to complete the necessary procedures in order to continue the investigation away from the politicization sought by some malicious parties.”  

Meanwhile, France's foreign ministry said Thursday that the investigation by Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a “step in the right direction.”

Egypt also praised Saudi measures taken with regards to the Khashoggi case and called on countries to avoid politicizing it.