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ParOne STEAMathalon Putting Success for UAE Students as AI GolfBots Hit the Fairway

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On April 25th and 26th the UAE’s very first ParOne STEAMathalon took place at The Els Club. The event was conducted in association with Canada’s leading Ed Tech company, Kalebr Americas, in partnership with BMW Group Middle East and AGMC, and Dubai Autism Center. 20 UAE schools and over 100 students competed with their artificial intelligence GolfBots, trained to traverse a custom 3-hole mini golf course.

Finding victory, Nord Anglia International School, Al Barsha was crowned “Grand Winner 2019” champions of the ParOne STEAMathalon winning the BMW GolfSport Trophy. Expert judges, community votes and social media interaction were combined to decide the winners in categories ranging from Grand Winner 2019, Runners up, Most Creative, Most Popular, Most Sustainable, Most Tolerant, Grittiest Team, and Most Innovative, with exciting prizes awarded, such as BMW merchandise and car leases, a round trip to India from Cox and Kings, Emaar vouchers, and Kalebr goodies.

Speaking on the winner and the schools competing, Aaditya Tangri, co-founder of STEAMathalon, said the purpose of STEAMathalon was to promote innovation, well-being and empower learners with 21st-century workplace skills. “The 2019 ParOne STEAMathalon demonstrated how AI, tolerance and sports can be successfully integrated into schools, creating exciting learning spaces at unexpected places to bring the community together. Most importantly, it is a brilliant real-world example of how industry partners such as BMW, AGMC, The Els Club, and Re:Set can join parents and teachers in the school to promote future skills and well-being for students while co-existing within the school curriculum,” Tangri added.

Speaking about the initiative, Karl Whitehead, General Manager of The Els Club in Dubai Sports City, said, “The Els Club is delighted to have played a part in the very first ParOne STEAMathalon. The event’s AI learning focus meant an array of talented GolfBots were presented and took to our course this year. We were impressed to see how the young students’ efforts took shape to innovate and potentially improve the game of golf!”

Also in attendance and advocate for STEAMathalon, Rosamand Marshall, CEO of Taaleem, said, “Congratulations to Kalebr, bringing such an innovative competition to students in Dubai. ParOne STEAMathalon is a wonderful initiative, creating an environment in which learning can flourish. Students are able to immerse themselves in this holistic project, co-create, design and develop technical solutions for the competition, and the experience will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Providing these inspiring moments is how students are motivated to learn effectively, working in collaboration and in friendly competition with each other. The goal of the ParOne STEAMathalon established by Kalebr opens students’ minds and engenders mutual respect and tolerance in our society.”

Alongside the competition, the UAE community supported the initiative with over 500 guests in attendance to cheer on the students and enjoy the array of activities provided, including arts and crafts and slime station by Crafty Station, yoga by Voyoga, music session by Kids Lab Music, face painting and mascot appearance by Playdates, and balloon bending by We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym. Vita Coco also offered healthy snack and drink options for those in attendance. Other partners included re:set, Careem, and KidZapp.

Participating schools included Dubai Autism Center, Garhoud, Dubai British School, Springs, Kent College, Nad Al Sheba, International School of Creative Science, Nad Al Sheba, GEMS International School, Al Khail, Nord Anglia International School, Al Barsha, Dunecrest American School, Al Barari, Fairgreen International School, Sustainable City, GEMS Winchester School, Jebel Ali, GEMS World Academy, Al Barsha, GEMS Wellington School, DSO, Horizon International School, Umm Suqeim, Regent International School, Al Barsha, Al Ittihad Private School, Jumeirah, Oxford School, Al Qusais, The Indian Academy, Al Qusais, Apple International School, Al Qusais, and Our Own English High School, Sharjah.

LIST OF WINNERS:

Grand Winner 2019 ParOne STEAMathalon: Nord Anglia International School, Al Barsha

1st Runners Up 2019 ParOne STEAMathalon: Our Own English High School, Sharjah

2nd Runners Up 2019 ParOne STEAMathalon: Oxford School, Al Qusais

2019 ParOne Golf Invitational Classic Winner: Horizon International School, Umm Suqeim

Most Creative (tied winners): Dubai Autism Center and Dunecrest American School, Al Barari

Most Popular: Nord Anglia International School, Al Barsha

Most Sustainable: Fairgreen International School, Sustainable City

Most Tolerant: International School of Creative Science, Nad Al Sheba

Grittiest Team (tied winners): Al Ittihad Private School, Jumeirah, and Regent International School, Al Barsha

Most Innovative (tied winners): GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis, and Dubai British School, Springs

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AI-Driven COMPUTEX 2021 Blazes New Paths for the Tech Community

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COMPUTEX 2021 International Online Press Conference kicked off today, revealing the leading ICT tradeshow to return as a physical exhibition from June 1 to 4, 2021 (InnoVEX from June 2 to 4). More importantly, COMPUTEX 2021 will utilize artificial intelligence (AI) for the first time to create a smart Online-Merge-Offline (OMO) exhibition platform, connecting the tech community through an innovative model that breaks barriers and limitations.

Dr. Chien-Jen Chen, Former Vice President of Taiwan and Distinguished Professor of Academia Sinica, opened the conference by presenting Taiwan’s scientific pandemic prevention achievements by using big data analytics and new technology. “As one of the leading players in the global ICT industry, Taiwan empowers the ecosystem when the world faces disconnected ICT supply chains and utilizes technology to actively manage potential crisis,” said Dr. Chen. “From now on, we need to stay digital ready! Although we’re geographically far apart right now, I believe the COMPUTEX 2021 new online solution will make us bound together by shared values and visions.”

James C. F. Huang, Chairman of TAITRA, the co-organizer of the exhibition, presided over the press conference by announcing that COMPUTEX chooses Appier as the strategic technology partner to provide exhibitors and visitors an AI-Driven tradeshow. “COMPUTEX rides the digital transformation wave with tech pioneers,” said Huang. “By infusing the AI technology, COMPUTEX turns vision into reality, and transforms technology into opportunities.”

Winnie Lee, COO and Co-founder of Appier, shared the expertise in AI-driven technologies to empower exhibitors to achieve business goals, particularly in terms of precision marketing and customer engagement. “Exhibitors can deliver hyper-personalized experiences to event participants by leveraging Appier’s automation and personalization features,” Ms. Lee explained. “Through the integration of data about participants’ onsite and external viewing behaviors and interests, exhibitors can reach people with the most relevant content and achieve optimal engagement and business collaboration opportunity with their target audiences.”

According to IDC’s forecast, 30 percent of the world’s top 2,000 companies (G2000) will adopt AI technology by 2024. AI is no longer just a “nice to have” option, but a necessity for enterprises to enhance their core technology in the new normal world.

“The traditional business model has changed,” David Reinsel, Senior Vice President of IDC, shared the 2021 technology trends at the press conference. “Today, companies must accelerate the pace of digitalization and integrated marketing. AI can help companies understand customer on-site and off-site behaviors, predict customer needs, and recommend suitable products and services, enhancing customer interaction and improving the potential for business cooperation.”

As the demand for innovation and better technology rises, COMPUTEX 2021 will continue to blaze new paths in technology. Seven themes will pivot throughout the exhibition and surrounding activities, including 5G, AI & IoT, Edge Computing, High-Performance Computing (HPC), Cyber Security, Gaming, and Innovations & Startups.

COMPUTEX 2021 will be held from June 1 to 4 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 & 2 (TaiNEX 1 & 2) and at Taipei International Convention Center (TICC). InnoVEX will also be exhibited from June 2 to 4 on the 4th floor of the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 2 (TaiNEX 2).

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Continental Ramps Up AI Research for Automated Driving

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Continental is continuing its research into the potential of automated driving in urban areas. Labeled PRORETA 5, the project is dedicated to recognizing complex traffic situations in inner cities and how algorithms from sensor data can deduce the correct driving decisions in these situations, technology that is set to prove of interest to governments across the Middle East.

Using a demonstration car built and equipped by Continental, the project aims to examine algorithms associated with cognition, behaviour prediction and decision making. and will be assessed by experts, using the widest possible range of inner-city scenarios to determine the potential for future deployment. The learning-capable algorithms of the PRORETA 5 project will be applied to achieve a driving performance comparable to that of humans, with the artificial intelligence (AI) capable of correctly recognizing and interpreting complex traffic scenarios, resulting in correct driving decisions being made.

The Middle East is already taking positive steps forward to promote autonomous transport. In the UAE the Dubai Future Foundation, in collaboration with Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has launched the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy with the aim of transforming 25 percent of the total transportation in Dubai to autonomous mode by 2030. ​And in the past year self-driving shuttles have been introduced on the campus of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.

“PRORETA is already a very successful program in the development of technology for urban autonomous driving. Now, with support from our partners, we are at a point in history where we are taking on the biggest challenge yet – inner-city driving,” said Karel Kucera, Managing Director, Continental Middle East. “The Middle East is already one of the most urbanized parts of the world, with around 85 percent for the GCC population living in urban surrounds, so this research is of particular relevance here.”

The PRORETA 5 project (2019–2022), was devised in collaboration between Continental, Technical University (TU) Darmstadt, Germany, and two other European universities. It has dedicated itself to individual sub-tasks of driver assistance and automation, and is forming the basis for the integration of further universities.

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Huawei Brings Smart Devices Together With its Seamless AI Life Strategy

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Huawei last year announced its Seamless AI Life Strategy which aims to provide users with an all-scenario experience across multiple smart devices in today’s “all-connected” age. In line with its global vision, Huawei Consumer Business Group aims to deliver in the Middle East and Africa an intelligent experience to consumers across all scenarios, including smart home, as well as health and fitness. Huawei’s plan with its seamless AI life strategy is to bring people together, especially in unprecedented times, and to create a world where everything works together intelligently, safely and seamlessly. 

The strategy consists of primary (smartphones) and secondary portals (tablets, PCs, wearables, speakers, infotainment systems, etc.) and IoT devices (including lighting, security, audio and video, etc.) It is built on the idea of bringing people closer, making the brand move beyond smartphones to focus more on its 1+8+N ecosystem. 

The 1+8+N ecosystem keeps the smartphone at its center as an entry point for consumers. This connects with eight categories of smart devices for different scenarios – PCs, tablets, smart TVs, audio devices, smart glasses, smartwatches, cars (telematics) and headphones. The N stands for the layer where everything comes together and denotes the thousands of IoT enabled devices that can be seamlessly connected. The “+” sign in between represents Huawei Share and HiLink, the very technology that makes this connection effortless.

In UAE, Huawei was seen enlarging its product offering in terms of devices and launched recently a myriad of new products including HUAWEI Sound X, HUAWEI WATCH GT2 e, HUAWEI MatePad Pro and many more. Each device aimed to provide users with smart solutions for all their requirements, be it entertainment, fitness or productivity. The HUAWEI Sound X, the world’s only Devialet dual-woofer interactive speaker provides users with a stunning audio experience, while the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e provides fitness tracking features with a two week long battery life including a blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring feature.

Meanwhile the recently launched HUAWEI MatePad Pro, changes the way how users interact with tablets, being the world’s first multi-screen collaboration and App multiplier tablet which can be enjoyed on its massive display with the world’s highest 90% screen-to-body ratio. These devices have seen massive success as well.

According to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) recently released Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker report for Q1 2020, Huawei reached 2nd place globally in smartwatch shipments with 2.6 million units shipped, reaching up to 118.5% YoY growth and an increase in shipment by 62.2%. 

A key technology of the Seamless AI Life strategy is Huawei Share, which lets users share files between devices with a simple tap. This uses distributed technology, which shares resources and capabilities to create a seamless experience as users switch between devices. Huawei Share mainly brings innovative experiences such as Huawei Share OneHop file transfers, audio transfers, and Internet access, as well as multi-screen collaboration.

This system also gives users instant access to files and data saved across different devices in the ecosystem, allowing to easily share photos, videos or other files. Users can also seamlessly transition between devices, for example, by beginning to write some notes on their smartphone or tablet before tapping to transfer the workstream onto their Matebook. With the HUAWEI OneHop feature, users need to simply tap their compatible Huawei smartphone on a HUAWEI MateBook or MatePad to instantly share files, images or videos.

Users can also use the Multi-Screen Collaboration feature to wirelessly stream the smartphone’s display on the PC or tablets display. This is enabled by a single tap of the smartphone on the compatible laptop or tablet and allows users to transfer files with a simple drag and drop or even control their smartphones with the PC or laptop peripherals. 

On the other hand, users can also use Huawei Share while listening to music. While music is playing on their Huawei smartphone, simply tap it on the HUAWEI Sound X speaker and instantly start playing music exactly from where it left off. Users don’t need to fret about taking their smartphone out to pause the song, just covering the top of the speaker with their palm will do the trick. 

Huawei Share also extends to compatible Huawei routers, where users can simply tap their smartphone on the router to instantly connect to the WiFi network without having to input a password or login. Following this system comes with its share of advantages. With Huawei having access to both its own software and hardware systems, the brand has unrivalled control over all of its features bringing unique benefits for users. Huawei users can rest easy with privacy and security benefits in this distributed technology. This also enables the smartphone to become a type of super controller, allowing users to control everything with a single tap on their smartphones. 

Huawei’s plan with its seamless AI life strategy is to bring people together, especially in unprecedented times, and to create a world where everything works together intelligently, safely and seamlessly. 

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