Over 150 Saudi students to take part in Cyber Saber Hackathon 2018

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The event grants students access to an advanced technical environment in various fields. (Supplied)
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The event grants students access to an advanced technical environment in various fields. (Supplied)
Updated 05 November 2018
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Over 150 Saudi students to take part in Cyber Saber Hackathon 2018

  • The competition will allow more than 153 Saudi students access to a virtual environment

JEDDAH: The Cyber Saber Hackathon 2018 will begin today in Riyadh with the participation of 36 teams of more than 150 students from seven prestigious universities.
The two-day event will offer students an opportunity to showcase their talents in different scenarios in the virtual environment of a smart city.
The competition, organized by VirtuPort in partnership with the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones and STC Business, will be held on the sidelines of the Middle East and North Africa Information Security Conference, to help hone the skills of citizens in the cybersecurity field.
Nouf Abdullah Al-Rakan, the CEO of the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones, said the event is part of the federation’s efforts to promote Saudi talent in the field of cybersecurity.
She said the competition will allow more than 153 Saudi students access to a virtual environment.
“Their experiences will later serve to build security and technical solutions for smart cities, along with the initial objective, which is discovering talents in the field.
“The arbitration will be electronic, where participating teams will be evaluated according to the points collected in the various phases of the challenge.”
Cyber Saber Hackathon is one of the most important competitions that allow male and female students of Saudi universities to develop their technical skills in order to find modern solutions in the field of cybersecurity. The event grants them access to an advanced technical environment in various fields, including web, networks, systems, encryption and many others.
The competition will be also held in Jeddah and Dammam after Riyadh.


Azerbaijani envoy highlights KSRelief efforts

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Azerbaijani envoy highlights KSRelief efforts

  • Saudi Arabia has spent more than $100 million in recent years on humanitarian and development aid to Azerbaijan

RIYADH: Shahin Abdullaye, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, has praised the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) for its “distinguished and professional humanitarian work around the globe.”

Abdullaye met with Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, KSRelief’s supervisor general, at the center’s headquarters on Wednesday to discuss the center’s relief efforts, including its humanitarian programs in Azerbaijan.

The envoy praised the “distinguished professional level shown by KSRelief in dealing with people in distress.”

The center’s efforts helped affected countries and peoples around the world, especially Azerbaijan, he said.

The Kingdom has spent more than $100 million in recent years on humanitarian and development aid to the republic, including shelter and humanitarian logistics, support for education, and rehabilitation of the water and sanitation system.

Saudi Arabia recognized Azerbaijan’s independence on Dec. 30, 1991, and was one of the first countries to provide active humanitarian assistance.

For five years from 1994 the Kingdom repeatedly provided refugees with food, medicine and other necessities.

In 2002, as part of a project to build secondary schools in Baku, the Saudi Fund for Development extended a loan of SR35.7 million ($9.5 million) to Azerbaijan.

Three years later the Saudi government offered Azerbaijan $50,000 in financial aid for demining operations and rehabilitation of people in liberated territories of the country.