KAUST hosts female-led ‘Hackathon’ to create mobile apps for smart cities

Updated 07 February 2019
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KAUST hosts female-led ‘Hackathon’ to create mobile apps for smart cities

  • The first Hackathon will bring together 38 designers and developers

JEDDAH: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is set to host developers and designers, over half of whom will be female, at its first SAP Mobile Hackathon event, to create mobile apps for smart cities. 

The Hackathon, which will run from Feb. 7 to 9, is part of a partnership between German software  firm SAP SE, and several university departments, including KAUST Innovation and Economic Development and the KAUST Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering division.

“KAUST is committed to being a hub for innovation, attracting talent to find solutions to shared global challenges,” said Dr. Kevin Cullen, vice president of KAUST Innovation and Economic Development. “The SAP Mobile Hackathon is a great way to collaborate and develop infrastructure for smart cities of the future.”

The first Hackathon will bring together 38 designers and developers, 55 percent of whom are women, to create mobile applications for iOS and Android devices, using SAP technology. An expert jury will select the best performing team and evaluate the benefits its mobile app will have.

“The Hackathon is a great opportunity, as it brings state-of-the-art technology in the context of fast-paced problem solving,” said Dr. Mootaz El-Nozahy, dean of the KAUST Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering division.
 


Tabuk military exhibition: Jump in, buckle up and take off

An aircraft cockpit fitted out with PlayStation DR technology will allow visitors to share the experience. (SPA)
Updated 16 February 2019
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Tabuk military exhibition: Jump in, buckle up and take off

  • The Royal Saudi Air Force is offering the activity as part of the third Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversification of Local Manufacturing, inaugurated on Thursday

JEDDAH: It is one of the most demanding skills in modern combat.
Now visitors to a military exhibition in Tabuk will get the chance to command a fighter plane and take part in a simulated air battle.
The Royal Saudi Air Force is offering the activity as part of the third Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversification of Local Manufacturing, inaugurated on Thursday.
An aircraft cockpit fitted out with PlayStation DR technology will allow visitors to share the experience of fighter pilots taking off and joining in supersonic aerial combat.