Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 November 2019

Global AI competition held in Dubai

Authorities hope First Global Challenge will raise interest in technology and maths

Visitors interact with a robot during a recent robotics conference in Dubai. Courtesy: EPA
Visitors interact with a robot during a recent robotics conference in Dubai. Courtesy: EPA

An international competition in artificial intelligence and robotics is set to take place in Dubai this week.

The First Global Challenge aims to foster a culture of innovation and creativity in students across the UAE.

The four-day event begins on October 24 at the Dubai Festival Arena and more than 1,500 young people are expected to attend.

The theme of this year’s contest is ‘Ocean Opportunities’, with students competing to tackle issues from pollution to sustainability.

“This event comes amidst repeated international calls to strengthen cooperation to find effective solutions to the issue of marine pollution by working on the adaptation of the latest technology,” said Ahmed Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills.

“The issue of ocean pollution due to plastic has taken on a global dimension that requires coordination between different countries and serious efforts during the coming period.”

UAE ministers said it was the first time First Global Challenge had been staged in the Arab region.

The UAE team taking part in the event will include seven high school students from Fujairah and Hatta.

Updated: October 19, 2019 07:59 PM

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