CSW Riyadh 2019 shows how to tap the ‘power of the crowd’

The Crowdsourcing Week (CSW) was held for the first time in KSA last week.
Updated 02 December 2019

CSW Riyadh 2019 shows how to tap the ‘power of the crowd’

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.


Pearson unveils Mideast winners of BTEC Awards

Updated 09 July 2020

Pearson unveils Mideast winners of BTEC Awards

Outstanding students, tutors and colleges from 25 countries, including from the Middle East, saw their achievements recognized at the BTEC Awards 2020 ceremony, held online for the first time due to coronavirus.

Hosted by presenter of the United Stand, YouTube influencer and BTEC ambassador, Flex, 17 category award winners were celebrated from the UAE and around the Middle East as well as internationally in subjects such as health and social care, performing arts, engineering, IT, business and sport.

Double Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock and architect, TV presenter and campaigner George Clarke were among those presenting awards. 

They were joined by journalist and TV presenter Steph McGovern who spoke about her passion for vocational education and the BTEC Awards.

Spanning across 21 categories, the awards showcase the exceptional BTEC learners and teachers that have been nominated to win a gold, silver or bronze BTEC award. Accepted in more than 200 universities worldwide, BTEC is a highly regarded, career-focused qualification, studied in over 60 countries.

The Middle East winners are:

• BTEC Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Student of the Year Silver Winner — Finn Page, DESC, UAE

• BTEC Teacher of the Year (schools only) Bronze Winner — James McBlane, British School Al-Khubairat, UAE

• BTEC IT and Computing Student of the Year Bronze Winner — Sangeetha Philip, Cambridge International School, Dubai, UAE

• BTEC Business and Enterprise Student of the Year Bronze Winner — Delma Sharyl D’Silva, The Winchester School — Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE

Cindy Rampersaud, senior vice president, BTEC and apprenticeships at Pearson Education, said: “This year I’ve been overwhelmed by the quality of BTEC Award nominations we received, and I am delighted to celebrate this year’s winners and the achievements of all learners who will be awarded a BTEC this year. 

Over the past few weeks and months, we’ve seen how the current pandemic has highlighted the critical role of key workers and individuals who are likely to have followed a vocational educational pathway such as BTEC.”

In the UAE, BTEC qualifications are available in sectors including applied science, art and design, business, childcare, construction, engineering, media, health and social care, hospitality, ICT, performing arts, public services, sport, travel and tourism.

Pearson has been delivering BTEC qualifications worldwide since 1984. A recent study revealed that 90 percent of BTEC students are employed full-time after graduating.

Globally, nearly 1 million students studied toward a BTEC in the past year, via 784 approved BTEC centers in 60 countries.

In response to new careers emerging within industries and ongoing change, Pearson is continually adapting and innovating its BTEC curriculum and learning to ensure it is relevant for young people and adults, supporting progression and career aspirations throughout lives.