McLaren announces first GCC e-sports initiative

Rudy van Buren was the inaugural winner of McLaren’s World’s Fastest Gamer esports competition in 2017
Updated 04 September 2018
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McLaren announces first GCC e-sports initiative

Bahrain-based TIG Holdings, together with UK-based motorsport agency MPA Creative and McLaren have announced a new partnership to promote e-sports across the Arabian Gulf region (GCC) through the McLaren Shadow Project.

This follows the global launch of the McLaren Shadow Project — a virtual racing program that mirrors McLaren’s real world — in July. 

The initiative will be the first Arabic language e-sports competition and will culminate in giving a GCC national the opportunity to compete in the worldwide finals at McLaren headquarters in Woking, UK in January 2019.

The program is built on three key components: The first, a competition to identify, nurture and develop a talented GCC national to participate in the McLaren Shadow Project global finals; the second, a broad consumer engagement attracting participants of all ages to take part in a week-long public event at the Seef Mall, Bahrain; and the third, to provide road safety and driver awareness education to improve road safety standards across the GCC region.

Ben Payne, McLaren director of e-sports, said: “As a company, McLaren has very close ties with the region and Bahrain in particular. To be able to welcome entrants from across the region and feature a GCC champion at our world finals is a real boost for the McLaren Shadow Project.”

“We are very excited to be able to announce this partnership,” said Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Jumaan, co-founder and director of TIG Holdings. “Motorsport is very popular in the region, and we are harnessing that passion for racing and all things automotive to deliver a competition with broad public appeal that creates a clear path to McLaren’s world finals while educating road users across the region on key driver awareness and safety messages. 

“Our long-term agreements with McLaren and MPA Creative provide us with a solid and sustainable platform to expand this initiative across the Arabic-speaking world over time.”

Deborah Tee, CEO of MPA Creative, said: “This fantastic opportunity has come to life thanks to three partners sharing the same ambition and vision, each bringing complementary skills.”

Our program, built around the model of the McLaren Shadow Project, appeals to both casual participants and serious e-sports competitors while providing a unique platform to educate road users and improve safety standards across the region.”


New J-Clinic to harness machine learning tech

Updated 25 September 2018
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New J-Clinic to harness machine learning tech

MIT and Community Jameel, the social enterprise organization founded and chaired by Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel ‘78, launched the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health (J-Clinic) on Tuesday. This is the fourth major collaborative effort between MIT and Community Jameel.
J-Clinic, a key part of the MIT Quest for Intelligence, will focus on developing machine learning technologies to revolutionize the prevention, detection, and treatment of disease. It will concentrate on creating and commercializing high-precision, affordable, and scalable machine learning technologies in areas of health care ranging from diagnostics to pharmaceuticals, with three main areas of focus:
l Preventative medicine methods and technologies with the potential to change the course of non-infectious disease by stopping it in its tracks.
l Cost-effective diagnostic tests that may be able to both detect and alleviate health problems.
l Drug discovery and development to enable faster and cheaper discovery, development, and manufacture of new pharmaceuticals, particularly those targeted for individually customized therapies.
J-Clinic’s holistic approach will utilize MIT’s expertise in cellular and medical biology, computer science, engineering, and the social sciences, among other areas.
“The health care system has no shortage of data,” said MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “But it has far too little access to the kinds of tools and experts who can translate population-level data into clinical insights that could make it possible to tune care precisely for individuals. Building on MIT’s deep expertise in fields from cancer to neuroscience, and our longstanding connections to Boston’s world-class medical community, J-Clinic offers an accelerated path to creating new technologies that could help make health care more effective everywhere — from villages in developing nations to major teaching hospitals.”
“The J-Clinic will positively impact the world by accelerating the creation of machine learning technologies and algorithms that will make preventing, detecting, and treating disease more precise, affordable, and personalized,” said Anantha P. Chandrakasan, dean of the MIT School of Engineering, and Vannevar Bush, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, who will serve as J-Clinic’s chair. “It will be a truly multifaceted effort that amplifies synergies between the life sciences and the latest research in human and machine intelligence. J-Clinic will inspire innovation for the betterment of humanity.”
“Channeling MIT’s machine learning expertise into health care will transform medical outcomes for people around the world,” said Fady Jameel, president of Community Jameel International. “Health care has been an important sphere of activity for Community Jameel since our earliest days, from founding the first nonprofit hospital for physical rehabilitation in Saudi Arabia, to partnering with the King Salman Center for Disability Research. J-Clinic continues our journey of supporting cutting-edge research and driving innovation in health care, in Saudi Arabia and around the whole world.”