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Updated 02 December 2019

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TAM Development, a Saudi company specializing in crowdsourcing and public engagement, in partnership with the Crowdsourcing Week, a global platform committed to highlighting the importance of crowd economy practices, hosted the Crowdsourcing Week (CSW) in Riyadh on Nov. 26.

This was the first time the popular event was held in the Kingdom.

The theme of the CSW Riyadh 2019 was “Power of the Crowd,” where speakers and panelists dwelled on the question “How Can We Leverage the Power of the Crowd?”

CSW Riyadh 2019 was jam-packed with interactive sessions, workshops, and talks featuring innovators and influential pioneers in crowd-enabled initiatives from all around the globe. This one-day event was designed to support government, enterprise and nonprofit leaders in the region through creative frameworks to come up with future strategies and inspire new business models that would reshape various industries.

Abdullah Alyousef, CEO and co-founder of TAM Development, said: “TAM is dedicated to creating initiatives using the energy of positive thinkers and pioneers in our community, as well as educating the public about crowdsourcing and what one can achieve by leveraging the power of the crowd.

“CSW Riyadh is the first event that brings together both local and global experts to share their experiences, success stories and best practices in crowdsourcing.” 

During his speech as a keynote speaker, Alyousef emphasized that no one should ever underestimate the power of the crowd, as he said it is not only a business-enhancing solution, but also a performance-enhancing solution for many areas including education, health care, transportation and other areas in both the public and private sectors. 

Mohammad Nadeem, marketing manager at TAM Development, said: “CSW Riyadh 2019 is targeting individuals who are already in the crowdsourcing and sharing-economy industry, those who are interested in the industry, and professionals in the fields of economy in general.”

“Vision 2030 is about building a vibrant society and a thriving economy, and crowdsourcing together with a sharing economy play a major role in achieving these two key pillars,” Alyousef said.


KAUST first-ever Mideast university to join UIDP

Updated 28 September 2020

KAUST first-ever Mideast university to join UIDP

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has become the first entity in the Middle East to join the prestigious University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP). This places KAUST alongside some of the world’s leading universities, including Stanford, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, paving the way for the MENA region. The exclusive, invite-only membership of the UIDP program brings together international universities and companies that focus on identifying key issues impacting university-industry relations and seek opportunities and innovative approaches to partnership and collaboration.

“Joining this group highlights how KAUST is making its mark in the Middle Eastern region and the world,” said Tony Chan, president of KAUST. “We strive to provide as much valuable insight to our fellow UIDP members as they will to KAUST.” 

Kevin Cullen, KAUST vice president of innovation and economic development, said: “It’s an honor for us to join this esteemed group of universities and organizations as the first university in the Middle East. We are driven by making an impact with our research and discovering more avenues to translate that to industry — we look forward to the conversations, collaborations and opportunities that are to come.” 

UIDP brings together representatives from top-tier universities and organizations, providing a unique forum to discuss operational and strategic issues that can improve partnerships and foster cross-sector collaboration. Joining the program, KAUST will unite with other organizational members to share ideas and discover collaborative opportunities in the areas of contracting, government engagement, economic development, partnership management, research administration, workforce development, and student engagement. Organizational members gain access to UIDP resources and activities, including regular networking opportunities, project collaborations, events, and working research groups.

Welcoming KAUST, Anthony Boccanfuso, UIDP president and CEO, said: “UIDP members include top-tier research universities from around the world and leading multinational companies across all sectors. KAUST’s membership allows us to continue to grow our program to meet our members’ needs strategically.”

The initiatives of UIDP align with KAUST’s mission to connect academia to industry to create impact. Established in 2009, KAUST is devoted to advancing Saudi Arabia’s innovation and economic development as well as finding solutions for some of the world’s most pressing scientific and technological challenges.

With 19 research areas related to food, water, energy and the environment,  and state-of-the-art labs, KAUST has created a collaborative and interdisciplinary problem-solving environment, which has resulted in more than 11,000 published papers to date.