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Students From 10 Middle East Countries Attend the Finals of Huawei’s ICT Competition 2018 in China

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Huawei has announced the end of the second edition of it’s ICT Competition 2018 aimed at preparing the next generation of ICT leaders based on Huawei new vision of bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected and intelligent world. Combining the company’s CSR goal of nurturing local ICT talent in collaboration with government authorities, colleges and universities in the Middle East with its mandate to build the ICT ecosystem, Huawei aims to equip countries in the Middle East to pursue their national agendas for digital transformation and achieve their national visions.

Aimed at universities and students, the competition seeks to recognize and nurture the region’s finest ICT talent, increase national ICT competitiveness by promoting innovation and creativity among ICT students and encourage them to actively contribute to achieving their countries vision for digital transformation and sustainable socioeconomic growth and developments. The program attempts to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace, thus enhancing students’ future employment opportunities in the ICT sector through knowledge sharing on latest ICT developments, international trends, and hands-on skills development training at Huawei’s state of the art labs, R&D centers and facilities. National winners from each participating country receive a trip to global ICT company’s headquarters in Shenzhen, certification and cash prizes, in addition to employment opportunities at Huawei to select candidates.

The ICT Competition was made possible through strong partnerships between Huawei and many government entities from the Middle East, from Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Iraq as well as the support from over 226 universities in the region. The generation of students involved is expected to lead the region’s ICT industry into the future by embracing digital transformation. The ICT Competition is designed to prepare them for such a responsibility.

Over 14,748 students registered for the competition from the region. Out of the 4,915 students who attended, 214 were selected for the national final. Ultimately, 39 students were chosen for the international final, from 13 universities. The winners of the international final competition in Shenzhen will receive Huawei Certificate Vouchers, trophies, and prizes. In addition to awarding the most outstanding team with $30,000 USD in cash, the next five teams will claim second place and three teams will be awarded third place. The next seven teams will receive Excellence Prizes, while 6 tutors and 11 academies will also be recognized with the Excellent Tutor and Excellent Academy Prizes.

After doing the final exams, competitors as well as representatives from their respective embassies will attend Huawei’s ICT Talent Cultivation Summit and Award Ceremony along with members of UNESCO and China’s top universities and government entities. The students will also experience China’s rich heritage through cultural visits and have the opportunity to visit the campus of Huawei’s prestigious Southern University of Science and Technology (SUST).

The trip to China will conclude the 2018 edition of Huawei ICT Competition, which so far has gone through two rounds of rigorous examination at the local and national level. In total, 14,748 students across the Middle East applied for the competition, from which 4,915 were selected to take part in the preliminary rounds. 214 students passed on to the final round, and 39 in total from 13 teams will be traveling to China to compete internationally. The ICT Competition was made possible through the cooperation of 17 ministries across 10 countries. 226 colleges and universities took part in total, and 65 participated in Huawei’s roadshow. 950 students additionally passed the Huawei HCNA certification exam.

Charles Yang, president of HUAWEI Middle East said, “We are committed to supporting the region’s journey of digital transformation and align with government targets to take advantage of ICT in driving the socioeconomic growth and achieve the national visions targets. Huawei ICT Competition increases national ICT competitiveness and encourages local communities to contribute to achieving the country’s national vision for digital transformation and economic growth. The future of ICT progress lays in the hands of our students, and by developing platforms and programs that allow them to grow and mature into experts, we can better equip the next generation of technology leaders.”

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BenQ Conducts Unique Gaming Event

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BenQ curated a special gaming event involving the biggest names from the Middle East gaming community, where they also announced their latest range of gaming products. One of the first few gaming events of its kind to be held in the past couple of years, it was attended by Geekay eSports, YaLLa eSports, Venomy eSports, Nasr eSports, Syctes eSports, and Lost eSports. An exhibition tournament for Valorant and Fortnite was the main attraction of the event.

It was an offline 1v1 knockout tournament where players had an incredible time battling head to head. In Valorant, 16 players participated, and Autumn secured 1st place, followed by Kasper from Geekay eSports, and Azz from Zerah eSports who came in 3rd. Whereas Tensa from Scytes eSports secured the 1st position in Fortnite, followed by Ember from Next eSports and Murloc from Scytes eSports, who secured the 2nd and 3rd spots respectively.

Attendees also got hands-on playtime with all of BenQ’s latest products – ZOWIE XL-K monitors, MOBIUZ Curved sim-racing monitors and the world’s first true 4K HDR gaming projector with Android TV. “For over ten years, BenQ has been dedicated to creating gaming equipment that allows players to focus on what matters most, their competitive performance,” said Manish Bakshi, Managing Director, BenQ Middle East. “We are excited to launch our new MOBIUZ range & ZOWIE XL range alongside the XL Setting to Share software to offer players the best resources to improve their gaming experience. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Gaming Community for making this event such a success.”

In addition to the XL2411K and XL2546K which launched back in 2020, players were also excited to try out the XL2746K and XL2540K monitors in Experience Zones and were eager to understand their new innovative features. ZOWIE’s XL2746K is a 240Hz DyAc⁺ 27 Inch gaming monitor which allows gamers to see the position of crosshair and impact points more clearly, helping with recoil control. It comes with an impressive number of height and angle adjustments, making it extremely customizable.

Its Black eQualizer technology increases visibility in dark scenes without overexposing the bright areas and it also comes with Color Vibrance to adjust color setting and tone to differentiate enemy targets in-game. ZOWIE’s XL2540K is a 240Hz 24.5 Inch gaming Monitor designed to enable gamers to catch every detail of motion and enjoy fluid gameplay, ensuring a smooth view of fast-motion and dramatic transitions at all times. Its all-new base takes less space while maintaining the same stability to give gamers more room for their setup for in-game movements and to play comfortably.

Gamers were also given a chance to try out the XL Settings to Share to create their preferred experience can now share and download their XL settings (such as DyAc usage, Color Vibrance, Black Equalizer). This feature is exclusive to ZOWIE’s XL-K monitors and is facilitated by the new XL Setting to Share software. It is free and doesn’t require any installation.

BenQ also conducted a sim racing challenge, for the fastest laps. In the sim racing booth, BenQ debuted a trio of MOBIUZ QHD 165Hz gaming monitors: EX3415R, EX2710R and EX3210R. EX3415R, a 34inch 1ms 144Hz Ultrawide Curved Gaming Monitor, uses the ultra-broad P3 color space to showcase incredible graphics on 21:9 1900R curvature screen, while EX2710R and EX3210R feature extreme 1000R curvature. Their extreme 1000R – 1900R curvature matches the human eye and visual micro-adjustments are minimized, relieving strain, headaches and distraction.

Not only is the gaming experience more comfortable, but the images wrapping the gamer’s field of view are wildly immersive. These new curved VA monitors are also equipped with an ergonomic stand and convenient remote control. MOBIUZ puts gamers in the center of the action, and the three models prioritize immersion with proprietary advantages like HDRi intelligent optimization, 2.1 channel audio and pioneering eye care.

“Immersion is everything,” said Manish Bakshi, Managing Director, BenQ Middle East. “Why would you want to simply look at the stunning landscapes in your favorite AAA game when you can feel like you’re there? That is the vision behind these new QHD 165Hz MOBIUZ gaming monitors.”

For live streamers, BenQ showcased the EW3880R monitor with a curved IPS panel, an engrossing 2300R curvature and WQHD+ resolution. Complete with great integrated audio systems and eye-care features, these monitors are all set to help gamers amplify their gameplay and overall gaming experience.

One of the highlights of the evening was also BenQ’s TK700STi – the world’s first True 4K HDR gaming projector which is ideal for giant-screen gaming. The gaming community was awed and felt as if they were playing the PS5 on a 4K TV because “the image quality on projectors usually is not so crisp and clear”, as one gamer commented.

There is no need to choose between picture and performance anymore. With its sharp resolution, high brightness (3000lm) and HDR gaming compatibility, the TK700STi can easily project 4K images larger than 100″. Meanwhile, its 16ms input lag, the lowest ever to be paired with 4K resolution, makes for the smoothest gaming experience. Gamers can now stay in perfect control and triumph with clear vision in fast-paced sports and FPS games where reaction time is key. The TK700STi is compatible with major consoles (Sony PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox Series X, Google stadia).

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Circuit X Launches BMX Park Track Rush 2.0

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Circuit X, Abu Dhabi’s fun-filled adventure park at Hudayriyat Island by Modon Properties, ushers in the cool season along with the celebration of its one-year anniversary with the launch of Track Rush 2.0, the second edition of the exciting challenge at their BMX Park in partnership with Vans. 

Taking place on the 13th of November, participants will have a chance to win exciting prizes. Competitors will enjoy an adventure-packed ride through the BMX Park and the two tracks, Pump Track and Dirt Track and compete to be the most skilled biker at the venue. 

Races at the Track Rush 2.0 competition is categorized by age group – juniors, seniors, and adults.  Racers will bike through the thrilling Pump Track, a course that is designed based on pump action with several areas for skills and jumps.  Adults will get the chance to race through the Dirt Trail sprint, which features thrilling obstacles including multiple jumps, turns, and berms, creating an action-packed course that must be navigated with care while achieving the fastest possible time.

Circuit X, situated alongside the newly opened stunning beachside of Hudayriyat’s leisure and entertainment destination, commissioned by Modon Properties, is set to offer an adventurous day for all ages and capabilities through this thrilling competition.

Join in on the fun on the 13th of November 2021 from 9:30 AM onwards for an exhilarating experience. Participants with the shortest time will win exciting awards from Vans.

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Razer Partners with UL and Panerai for Sustainability Initiatives

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Razer has announced new partnerships with UL and Panerai at this year’s RazerCon, the virtual celebration of all things For Gamers, By Gamers. Millions of viewers around the world tuned into the carbon-neutral livestream to watch Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan deliver a keynote address filled with surprise guests and exciting sustainability news and updates from the company.

“We have great ambitions around sustainability, but we also know that while there’s plenty we can do, we can’t do it all alone,” says Min-Liang Tan, Co-founder, and CEO of Razer. “That’s why collaboration is key for us at Razer, and we are thrilled to partner with UL and Panerai on two very important initiatives that will not only benefit consumers, but also the planet.”

One of the announcements that came out of RazerCon 2021 that truly has the potential to transform the industry was that of Razer joining forces with UL, the global safety science leader, to help meet its environmental and circular economy goals. One of the first projects which Razer intends to pursue to meet its environment and sustainability goals is the development of Product Category Rules for gaming products.

The impetus for this lies in the fact that the gaming industry currently lacks a standardized way to measure an eco-product, so Razer plans to work with UL to provide one. Under this collaboration, Razer and UL will kickstart an industry-level effort on identifying key indicators of environmental impact that should be measured by all manufacturers when they seek the Environmental Product Declaration for gaming products.

In order to complete a Product Category Rule, the two companies will be working to enlist stakeholders to create a comprehensive and objective way for manufacturers around the world to measure the impact of their manufacturing processes on the environment. The goal is to encourage more robust solutions allowing manufacturers to integrate sustainable practices into every step of the production process. The introduction of this Type III Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) ecolabel will allow consumers to make more informed choices and know that the gaming products they use to win in gaming and in life are also a win for the environment.

This is in line with Razer’s commitment to sharing and communicating the carbon impact of its new products by 2022. Razer also reinforced its pledge to use recycled or recyclable materials for all its products by 2030. This includes incorporating PCR plastic in all hardware products and adhering to an eco-friendly product design.

Razer and luxury watch manufacturer, Panerai, have come together under a shared commitment to advancing ocean preservation and rallied RazerCon viewers to Make Time for our Ocean. As part of this year-long campaign, Razer and Panerai have committed to enhancing ocean literacy and will be supporting a cause together that will be revealed in March 2022. The keynote came to a crescendo when it was also announced that a limited-edition, co-branded timepiece made from sustainable material will be hitting the market in 2022.

Making a special appearance during the keynote was Panerai’s CEO Jean-Marc Pontroue who was joined by the brand’s sustainability ambassadors, Mike Horn, Jeremy Jauncey, and Li Yifeng, to inspire and empower viewers to protect the oceans. The topic of ocean literacy was further expanded upon in a dedicated workshop led by Francesca Santoro, Programme Specialist, IOC UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture. During the workshop, viewers learned about the importance of the oceans, the current environmental threats, and what they can do to protect them.

Razer and luxury watch manufacturer, Panerai, have come together under a shared commitment to advancing ocean preservation and rallied RazerCon viewers to Make Time for our Ocean. As part of this year-long campaign, Razer and Panerai have committed to enhancing ocean literacy and will be supporting a cause together that will be revealed in March 2022. The keynote came to a crescendo when it was also announced that a limited-edition, co-branded timepiece made from sustainable material will be hitting the market in 2022.

Making a special appearance during the keynote was Panerai’s CEO Jean-Marc Pontroue who was joined by the brand’s sustainability ambassadors, Mike Horn, Jeremy Jauncey, and Li Yifeng, to inspire and empower viewers to protect the oceans. The topic of ocean literacy was further expanded upon in a dedicated workshop led by Francesca Santoro, Programme Specialist, IOC UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture. During the workshop, viewers learned about the importance of the oceans, the current environmental threats, and what they can do to protect them.

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