‘Saudi Codes’ attracts over 1 million participants

Updated 10 February 2019
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‘Saudi Codes’ attracts over 1 million participants

  • The second “Saudi Codes” event taught 1,025,971 Arabic speakers in Saudi Arabia and 139 other countries how to code in three programming languages: JavaScript, Python and MakeCode

JEDDAH: The Misk Foundation — a nonprofit charity established by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — celebrated the completion of the second “Saudi Codes” at an event in Riyadh on Saturday.
Saudi Codes is a partnership between Misk, the Saudi Education Ministry, the Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Saudi Telecom Co. (STC). It is an educational initiative designed to teach people computer programming in an accessible and relevant way. The second “Saudi Codes” event taught 1,025,971 Arabic speakers in Saudi Arabia and 139 other countries how to code in three programming languages: JavaScript, Python and MakeCode.
The courses were made available online and through a series of roadshows across the Kingdom, and consisted of four elements.
The daylong celebrations at Al-Raidah Digital City saw 60 coders participate in an “Ideathon” to develop solutions for improving lifestyles in the Kingdom. The winners of this final challenge were announced in an evening ceremony.
Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Sawaha and the chairman of the board of the Misk Initiatives Center, Bader Al-Asaker, attended the event, along with representatives from partner organizations.
Deemah Al-Yahya, executive manager of Misk Innovation, the foundation’s training initiative, welcomed this collaboration between sectors.


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

Updated 22 February 2019
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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.