Storytellers unite in 5th MiSK SHOOF Digital Visual Media Forum

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The forum is an initiative carried by the MiSK foundation to enable youths and encourage them to create. (AN photo by Salman Marzouqi)
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The forum is an initiative carried by the MiSK foundation to enable youths and encourage them to create. (AN photo by Salman Marzouqi)
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The forum is an initiative carried by the MiSK foundation to enable youths and encourage them to create. (AN photo by Salman Marzouqi)
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The forum is an initiative carried by the MiSK foundation to enable youths and encourage them to create. (AN photo by Salman Marzouqi)
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Saudi actress Fatima Al-Banawi and radio presenter Yasir Al-Saggaf welcoming a diverse audience filling 2,000 seats with promises of success stories from “local and global storytellers,” and content creation in virtual reality. (AN photo by Salman Marzouqi)
Updated 13 December 2017

Storytellers unite in 5th MiSK SHOOF Digital Visual Media Forum

JEDDAH: The 5th MiSK SHOOF Digital Visual Media Forum took place at Jeddah’s Hilton Hotel on Dec. 10 with Saudi actress Fatima Al-Banawi and radio presenter Yasir Al-Saggaf welcoming a diverse audience filling 2,000 seats with promises of success stories from “local and global storytellers,” and content creation in virtual reality.
The forum is an initiative carried by the MiSK foundation to enable youths and encourage them to create.
Will Scougal, head of creative strategy at Snapchat, held the opening session where he clarified that Snapchat was not necessarily a tool for social media, but for “creativity, communication, playfulness and fun.” He mentioned there were approximately 33 million Snapchat users in the Middle East, representing innumerable content creation opportunities.
SHOOF’s program included two discussion panels with noteworthy content creators on various social media platforms including Snapchat’s funny icon Selwan Elham, Ibrahim Sarhan, Alia AlShamsi, Omar Farooq, Hitham and others.
“We’re not here to show off our achievements,” said Palestanian vlogger, Haifa Beseisso, infamous for her Fly With Haifa YouTube channel. “I want everyone to imagine if we start utilizing the crystalline tool inside us, imagine what we can achieve. If we stand together, hand in hand, unite and encourage one another, what can’t we accomplish then?” she said encouragingly addressing content creators in the hall.
Dale Hudson from NYU pressed the importance of the message behind content discussing films that address the environment and climate change. The crowd’s breath collectively stilled once Tunisian photographer Karim Jabbari started waving lights in front of his camera to create an afterimage with the shutter, captivating the audience.
Hattan Nasif, VP of business development at Midwam talked about the importance of virtual reality and ways to apply it to education, medicine, architecture and more.
“It’s a very good event,” Dr. Mohammed Hakeem, an assistant professor at Jeddah University and an interactive influencer spreading awareness through Snapchat, told Arab News, “with storytelling as its main objective. Telling a story to the public through social media isn’t a hard task but it also isn’t easy. This gives others an opportunity to meet people who’ve succeeded at telling their stories and what inspires them to tell it.”
Manal Al-Nughais, a volunteer organizer pursuing her Ph.D., said: “I never imagined how beneficial virtual reality could be to students. During today’s workshops, we learned about the application of VR in schools, how you could plan a project and implement ideas through it. It’s truly impressive.”


185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

Updated 22 August 2019

185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) finished its preparations for the new academic year with the completion of its educational programs aimed at developing children’s mental, cognitive and motor skills.

The DCA’s centers are getting ready to welcome around 185 new students, who will be enrolled in the preparatory and elementary stages. The association is also housing early intervention children in 11 centers throughout the Kingdom.

“The DCA’s centers finished their preparations early in line with the directives of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the association’s board of directors,” said Awadh Al-Ghamdi, the DCA’s secretary-general.

He added: “The association is keeping pace with new technologies by developing the educational care system every year. It continuously adopts new methods for children with special needs by providing the centers with what is necessary for the development of linguistic, social and psychological skills.

“The DCA held consultative meetings to approve an implementation mechanism by consulting experts from the educational committee at King Saud University about the importance of establishing an innovative resources room in all of the DCA centers.

Al-Ghamdi said: “The project will be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education after it is judged by specialists from Saudi universities and adopted as part of the association’s initiatives. This comes as a continuation of the DCA’s role in caring for children with special needs for more than 35 years.”

The director of the DCA’s center in Al-Rass governorate presented the project’s original idea, which included reviewing the centers’ educational care programs according to modern educational trends.

A working group, which included a number of specialists, was assigned to the investigation. It presented a final vision to the DCA’s secretariat with a guide to the project’s implementation.