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New Tech Products Launched at GESS 2019

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To ensure that the graduates from the UAE remain future-proofed against the rapidly changing demands of the modern workforce, global technology companies have come up with new products that will boost learning process at the educational institutions in the Gulf country.

More than 500 local and international companies exhibiting at the Global Educational Supplies and Solutions (GESS) being held from February 26th –28th have introduced hundreds of the new products that aim to make learning more efficient and empower both teachers and students.

Here are some of the key products launched by the leading companies on the first day of GESS 2019 — one of the largest education expos in the world that is expected to see over 15,000 of education professionals from 92 countries at the three-day event.

David Whelan, CEO and Sandra Whelan, COO, Immersive VR Education.

Immersive VR Education unveils ENGAGE Platform
Irish virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR) software firm Immersive VR Education (IVRE), showcased its latest offering to the virtual reality education market when it exhibited its ENGAGE Platform at the GESS Dubai Education Expo. ENGAGE is an online virtual social learning and presentation platform. It is a powerful virtual reality collaboration and creation tool, allowing educators and corporate trainers to host meetings, classes, private tutorials, training sessions and presentations with people from all over the world, participating in a safe, virtual, multi-user environment.

“ENGAGE is at the cutting edge of this technology’s usage in the education sector. It is uniquely placed to do two things. Firstly, help educators visualise how technology can positively impact their profession and their ability to influence students’ participation and performance and secondly, become synonymous with education and training technology, in the ‘learning space’ which can be applied anywhere – whether it is in an interactive museum, a second level school, a university, or a corporate training setting,” said VR Education CEO and Co-founder David Whelan.

Pi-Top
At the GESS 2019, Pi-Top launched a new modular computer in the form of the pi-top [4] which is powered by the awesome Raspberry Pi mini PC and has been designed to easily connect to other PCs such as Windows, Macs, Chromebook’s and more. It also works out of the box with your existing screens, keyboards and mice, as well as the companies’ new wireless keyboard and HD touch screen.

Duncan Kemp, International Business Development Manager for EMEA/APAC at Pi-Top, said the company launched this new model earlier this year in London and here is the Middle East launch at GESS 2019. Kemp mentioned that more than 2,000 schools are using this product in over 80 countries. Edutech Middle East represents Pi-Top in the region. Its director Faisal Karim said several private schools use Pi-Top in the UAE.

Alef Education
Alef Education, an education technology company based in the UAE, is also one of the key exhibitors at GESS. The company launched an Alef Parents/Guardians App at the show. Its benefits include parents get immediate and relevant feedback to support their child’s learning journey such as their child’s learning gaps which allows them to provide appropriate support to aid their learning and also parents receive immediate feedback from teachers. Alef Education also introduced ‘100 initiatives’ at GESS 2019. It says be among the first 100 schools to sign up and with Alef Education and enjoy pioneer benefits. Top four benefits are ongoing onsite training, experiential learning, IT and digital transformation support and blend with Alef Certification.

LEGO Education / Atlab
Lego Education on the first day of GESS 2019 launched a couple of new things including ‘Coding Express’ for primary education. This intuitive solution brings students all aboard to learn the basic language of the digital age in a creative way. Coding Express combines digital and physical elements like action bricks and switches to introduce early learning students to coding concepts like sequencing, looping, and conditional coding. Nilesh Korgaonkar, CEO of Atlab, said, that students will learn collaboration, language, critical thinking skills, and more as they explore and create play scenarios using a classic train set.” The company is also showcasing KUBO – a screen-free coding, as easy as solving a puzzle, for students aged 4-10 years.

Learn&Go goes international
Learn&Go, the French start-up that created a world-leading digital writing application using a tablet and stylus, has announced that it will launch an international version of Kaligo in English in March. This will be followed by the launch of exercises exclusively designed for children with dyslexia in September 2019. The pre-launch of Kaligo in English-speaking countries has been positively received, with the nomination of Kaligo as a finalist for the BETT Awards 2019 (British Educational Training and Technology).

Sennheiser empowers hearing-impaired students
Sennheiser, while engaging with regional universities at GESS Dubai 2019 — demonstrated its WiFi-based MobileConnect system for accessible hearing in classrooms. “We have a clear objective of being the preferred choice of audio brand for Universities worldwide. Our systems are designed to save time, costs and trouble by offering integrated, scalable solutions that are easy to operate and maintain, letting lecturers focus on imparting knowledge while we handle the rest,” said Mig Cardamone, Director of Sales and Marketing at Sennheiser Middle East.

Texthelp showcases classroom innovations
Texthelp — a world leader in literacy, language learning and now STEM software — presented the latest additions to its award-winning family of assistive tech solutions for schools and colleges at GESS Dubai 2019. The company’s Read&Write is one of the world’s most popular literacy and learning support solutions with over 18 million users across 182 countries. And thanks to the recent additions of an Arabic version, Check It, Data Desk and Exam Mode, Read&Write now provides even more supports to students and teachers alike.

Robotix unveils Robobricks for children
Robotix announced the global launch of Robobricks for kids ages 4 and above, at the GESS Dubai 2019. Robobricks is a screen-free interactive robotic construction toy bringing moments of magic to a child’s playtime. Kids ages 4+, can build & code, bringing robots to life with motors, CPU, Sensors, Wand, coding chips, Audio Sound block, LED Light block using Origami & paper craft and with Duplo (Morphun) Lego bricks. Robotix is also the creator of Phiro educational Robots for children ages 4 to 18. Phiro was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter and was recognized by Intel USA as one of “America’s Greatest Makers”.

BenQ’s Future-Proof ClassroomCare & DustGuard Pro Technology
BenQ, the global leader in innovation, technology and display solution featured its latest cloud-based collaboration and Interactive solutions for classroom learning at GESS 2019. The educational professionals and visitors witnessed a healthy learning journey with BenQ’s Future-Proof and ClassroomTM Technology that includes Premium Interactive Flat Panels (IFPs) and BlueCoreTM Dustproof Laser Projectors empowering innovation, integration and intelligence that enables the students to lead the world in the Digital Era by learning in a safer and healthier environment.

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QuakeCon 2021: Streaming Schedule Released, Giveaways Announced and More

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We’re a few days away from the kickoff of QuakeCon at Home, the global online event that will bring the fun and comradery of QuakeCon to your home. QuakeCon will be celebrated with live streams featuring updates on existing and upcoming games, tournaments, charity fundraising, puppies (!!!), musical performances, giveaways, celebrity streams, developer panels, and more.

The fun kicks off with a brief Welcome Message at 2 p.m. ET on August 19 followed immediately by fan-focused panels.

Day 1 will feature a series of signature panels with Bethesda developers discussing what’s new, what’s upcoming, and looking back at some of the biggest games for their anniversaries, Quake and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Day 2 and Day 3 will feature a variety of fun panels from around the world with charities, community, guest stars, and more as we celebrate the games and activities that make QuakeCon, QuakeCon.

Streaming Schedule
More details about each of the panels, including full panel descriptions, can be found online at https://quakecon.bethesda.net/en/schedule/

Thursday, Aug 19

  • Welcome to QuakeCon 2021 with Pete Hines & Erin Losi: 2 p.m. ET
  • Celebrating 25 Years of Quake with id Software and Machine Games: 2:05 p.m. ET – Kevin Cloud and Marty Stratton from id Software and Jerk Gustafsson from MachineGames discuss the impact and legacy of the original Quake on its 25th anniversary.
  • Deep Dive into DEATHLOOP with Arkane Lyon: 2:30 p.m. ET – Arkane Lyon gets fans … looped in … on the details of the upcoming PlayStation 5 console exclusive DEATHLOOP, including a special discussion about multiplayer.
  • Fallout 76: Making Appalachia Your Own with Fallout Worlds: 3 p.m. ET – Join members of the Fallout 76 development team as they discuss how the game is evolving and take an in-depth look at our upcoming Fallout Worlds Update.
  • Inside the Award-Winning The Elder Scrolls Online with ZeniMax Online Studios: 3:30 p.m. ET – Matt Firor and Rich Lambert take fans inside ESO and discuss the great additions to the game and what new players can expect from the award-winning MMO.
  • Reliving the Opening of Skyrim with the Creators from BGS: 4 p.m. ET – Hey you! You’re finally awake. Celebrate Skyrim’s 10th Anniversary and watch the opening moments of Skyrim as the creators discuss insider stories and relive memories from development.
  • DOOM Eternal Studio Update with Marty and Hugo: 4:30 p.m. ET – id Software’s Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin bring fans up-to-date on everything happening with DOOM Eternal.
  • ANZ – Fallout 76 End-Game Guide: 11 p.m. ET
  • ANZ – Fallout 76 – Playing with UFC Middleweight Rob Whittaker: 12:30 a.m. ET

Friday, Aug 20

  • UK – Fallout 76 – UK Stream Team Build-a-Thon: 9:30 a.m. ET
  • UK – Let’s Talk Quake with Digital Foundry: 10:45 a.m. ET
  • DEATHLOOP Meets its Makers: 2:15 p.m. ET
  • WeRateDog’s Matt Nelson and Pete Hines Rate Dogs & More: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Code Orange vs Quake Music Video Debut: 4:15 p.m. ET
  • Alienware – Fundraising and Raising Heck with Anna Maree: 5 p.m. ET
  • The Elder Scrolls Online – Dungeon Speed Run Competition: 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Exclusive Musical Performance by Trivium: 8 p.m. ET
  • Skyrim – 10th Anniversary Interactive Fun Run with Gus Johnson: 9:00 p.m. ET
  • ANZ – The Elder Scrolls Online – Mates of Oblivion Dungeon Runs: 12:30 a.m. ET
  • ANZ – The Elder Scrolls Online – MissMollyMakes An Epic Banquet: 1:45 a.m. ET

Saturday, Aug 21

  • UK – DOOM Eternal – ‘Prayer vs Slayer’: 9:30 a.m. ET
  • UK – ESO – Through Flames of Ambition with the UK Stream Team: 10:45 a.m. ET
  • DOOM Eternal BATTLEMODE Community Bonanza!: 2:15 p.m. ET
  • Fallout 76 – C.A.M.P. Love It or Nuke It: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Quake World Championship Grand Finals: 4:45 p.m. ET
  • The Elder Scrolls Online – Live Art Creation: 6:30 p.m. ET

Charity Initiatives
QuakeCon’s charitable legacy is being carried forward this year as well, in both a global and local way. QuakeCon viewers will be able to join us in donating to organizations directly from the official QuakeCon stream, including Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)NAACP Legal Defense and Educational FundThe Trevor Project, and UNICEF.

QuakeCon also has the new and exclusive “Pugcubus” and “Catloop” apparel for sale. Custom Ink will split all profits from the sale of these shirts between our long-time Dallas animal adoption partner, Dallas Pets Alive, as well as FOUR PAWS, a global animal welfare organization. You can purchase these items here: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/quakecon

Free In-Game Goodies!

  • DOOM Eternal QuakeCon Slayer Skin – DOOM Eternal players can access a free in-game QuakeCon Slayer Skin, icon, and player badge across all platforms. Available from August 19 – September 2.
  • Fans who have their ESO and Twitch accounts linked through account.elderscrollsonline.com and watch for the minimum required time (15 minutes) during any of the ESO streams will receive a Twitch Drop containing one Ouroboros Crown Crate and one Flame Atronach Pack Wolf pet.
  • Log in to Quake Champions during QuakeCon and receive this year’s exclusive QuakeCon 2021 Gauntlet weapon skin, profile icon, and nameplate! Available until August 23.

QuakeCon Sale

Check out the QuakeCon 2021 Bethesda Sale across digital storefronts featuring massive deals on select Bethesda games, including 67% off Fallout 76, 75% off DOOM Eternal Deluxe Edition, 85% off Dishonored: Death of the Outsider – Deluxe Bundle, and more. These sales are live right now.

Official QuakeCon Twitch Team

Playing and sharing games with friends in the BYOC is the core of QuakeCon, and this year the global QuakeCon community will once again unite and connect through the official QuakeCon Twitch Team. The Team will celebrate QuakeCon, play and share games, and help raise money for the QuakeCon-supported charities. Some players will be featured on the QuakeCon Twitch Team page.

QuakeCon Giveaways on Fun from Partners

QuakeCon’s amazing partners have put together some awesome giveaways for fans who tune into our streams and interact with us on Twitter at @QuakeCon and @Bethesda. Check out just a few of those giveaways to look out for over the course of the event below and stay tuned to learn how to win them!

  • Pecos Pete has their traditional branded QuakeCon mugs for sale
  • Alienware will be giving away a curved 360Hz Monitor on Anna Maree’s Fundraising and Raising Heck stream
  • Razer Prize packages – Fans will have three chances to win each day while watching on Twitch
    • Razer Huntsman Mini Gaming Keyboard with Clicky Optical Switch
    • Razer Viper Ultimate Gaming Mouse with Charging Dock
    • Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless Headset
    • Razer Gigantus V2 Mouse Mat
    • Razer Base Station V2 Chroma Headset Stand USB Hub
    • Razer Sneki Sneki Plushie
  • Fractal Design: Custom QuakeCon Torrent Black Light Tint TG PC Cases
  • DOOM and Fallout-themed gaming chairs from noblechairs
  • Custom Skyrim SteelSeries Headset and Mousepad as well as a Custom Skyrim Constellation Keyboard by Keycult
  • Quake: Ranger Master Art Print from Gaming Heads
  • NZXT will give away a full Custom Quakecon PC build on their social channels
  • SteelSeries Clip Competition
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Power League Gaming to Host Razer’s Tournament Series in the Middle East

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Power League Gaming (PLG) has announced that it has been awarded the contract by Razer to launch its Razer Invitational tournament series for the first time in the MENA region. Another major client win for PLG in 2021, the contract with Razer will see PLG manage the entire tournament from planning to inception, covering seven countries in the MENA region that include; KSA, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and Egypt.

Running until 2nd September 2021, the tournament series includes four of the biggest games in the market and have been expertly selected by PLG to attract the Arabic gaming audience and include; Call of Duty Black Ops, League of Legends, PUBG Mobile, and Valorant, with a prize pool of $50,000 at play for the series.

Matthew Pickering, CEO of Power League Gaming said, “We are delighted to announce this strategic partnership with Razer, one of the most influential and progressive brands in the global gaming space. PLG has invested heavily in infrastructure and systems to create world-class production formats for eSports and content creation. We look forward to launching the inaugural MENA Razer Invitational providing credible and exciting experiences to the highly valued and engaged Arabic gaming audience.”

Offering 360-degree project management, PLG will handle the entire planning and production of the tournament, as well as the commentating, at its fully-equipped 10,000 square foot production studio in Dubai. PLG is also in charge of influencer relations for the project, working with leading Arab gaming influencers such as Gamer Snack and Opiilz, as well as social media management, asset production, and the running of the online campaign.

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Toshiba and Kioxia to Present HACKcellence Fest in Association with Middlesex University Dubai

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Toshiba and Kioxia (previously Toshiba Memory) have announced the first of its kind HACKcellence Fest, enhanced by Middlesex University Dubai and conceptualised and engineered end to end by ISD Global Dubai. Where students from the Middle East, Levant, Africa, and the Indian subcontinent are encouraged to Dream and Dare in a first-of-its-kind Hack Festival that has been established to discover solutions that can solve the real-life problems of the day.

“The incredible potential that lies kinetic within the student community around the region is beyond doubt. In the context of age,10 is indeed the new 20, and 20 is the new 40. That has been established beyond doubt. To facilitate and harness such vast potential within the student community, Toshiba and Kioxia (previously Toshiba Memory) are pioneering a first of its kind HACKcellence Fest in association with Middlesex University Dubai, and branding agency ISD Global, where students are encouraged and mentored to find hacks and solutions that will solve real-life problems that humanity is grappling with. Hackathons are happening all over and all the time,” explained avered Santosh Varghese, Vice President, Toshiba Gulf FZE.

“Our endeavor (and the notable distinction) with the HACKcellence Fest is to ensure that game-changing hacks and ideas find appropriate competent suitors, get the encouragement and the mentoring/guidance, the financial and management wherewithal to bring their solutions to the real world. In that respect, the HACKcellence Fest is an end-to-end platform that begins with the generation of a stack of hacks or ideas and finds them getting their due place and recognition in the market/s that need them,” Varghese added.

The HACKcellence Fest is open to school pupils from Grade 8 and above and students from Colleges and Universities across 26 countries. Participating teams are being encouraged to think big and use their creativity when coming up with their hacks and ideas, with suggested focus areas including but not limited to Data Storage and Privacy, Robotics and AI, Edge Computing and IOT, Digital Health, Digital Humanism, Sustainability and Infrastructure, Smart Cities, Transport and Mobility, and Education.

“What makes this initiative unique is the fact that students are not limited by the guidelines we have put in place, but encouraged to break them and think beyond. We believe that challenges come with opportunities, and the HACKcellence Fest is a fantastic opportunity for students to make an impact and find solutions to the major issues affecting the global community,” added said Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University and Director of Middlesex University Dubai.

“We are providing participants with an open platform to submit ideas inspired by any topic that interests them. We are looking for their wildest, brightest hacks. As a leading UK university in Dubai at the cutting edge of future-forward education, we at Middlesex University Dubai are best placed to unlock the skills, ideas, and innate ability that the region’s student community can offer the world. As proud partners with Toshiba and Kioxia and ISD Global, we look forward to launching the HACKcellence Fest and provide students with this platform to make their ideas a reality,” Dr. Fernandes explained.

Submissions for hacks and ideas are open until mid-July 2021, after which a panel of jury will shortlist candidates to progress through to the next stage. Those who make it through will gain access to exclusive personalised mentoring sessions and workshops over an 8-week period that will provide them with expert guidance as they bring their idea to fruition. “At Toshiba, we turn on the promise of a new day. Guided by the essence of Toshiba, we harness our knowledge and experience in the areas of energy, social infrastructure, electronics devices, and digital solutions to help communities thrive. We achieve our common purpose together but each in our own different ways,” said Varghese.

“At ISD Global we always walk the walk on the power of cooperative marketing and the collaborative advantage energy that it releases for all stakeholders involved. As brand builders and new business and market enablers working with top-of-the-line brands across 4 continents over the past almost two decades, the ethos we practice at ISD Global is that of being counterintuitive and disintermediating,” Suresh Dinakaran, Chief Storyteller, ISD Global Dubai. “Our idea with the HACKcellence Fest is to unleash a committed, purpose-filled visionary foray into the ecosphere and to establish a Davos for the student universe in the Middle East, the Levant, Indian Subcontinent, and all of Africa, a virtual meeting of young, bright minds coming together to discover tangible solutions to solve real-life problems.”

The HACKcellence Fest will have its grand finale in the form of an Awards Ceremony in Dubai in October 2021. Students are competing to win a range of exciting awards, including cash prizes of more than $10,000, University Scholarships, Entrepreneurship Training, Start-Up Mentoring, Data Storage and Incubation Facilitation, Electronic Gadgets, and much more.

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