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Patronized the honoring ceremony of Digital Machines Hackathon’s winners

Communications Minister says “Technically-minded people’ are our pillar in the new ICT sector's strategic orientations”

25 Mar 2018
Communications Minister says “Technically-minded people’ are our pillar in the new ICT sector's strategic orientations”
Communications Minister says “Technically-minded people’ are our pillar in the new ICT sector's strategic orientations”
Communications Minister says “Technically-minded people’ are our pillar in the new ICT sector's strategic orientations”
Communications Minister says “Technically-minded people’ are our pillar in the new ICT sector's strategic orientations”
Communications Minister says “Technically-minded people’ are our pillar in the new ICT sector's strategic orientations”
Communications Minister says “Technically-minded people’ are our pillar in the new ICT sector's strategic orientations”
Communications Minister says “Technically-minded people’ are our pillar in the new ICT sector's strategic orientations”

His Excellency Eng. Abdullah Al-Swaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, affirmed the ministry's continuous efforts to encourage young people to provide creative, innovative ideas and initiatives that can be used to develop more creative and effective solutions that benefit the community. He added that the new strategic orientations for the ICT sector call for adopting the concepts of the 4th Industrial Revolution (Industrie 4.0), as enabler based on the new oil (data), and the new engine (youth, entrepreneurship and innovation), indicating that the pillar of these orientations is the engagement of technology talent in developing unconventional solutions that contribute to technology-based advancement.
 
This came during the ceremony held on Saturday for honoring the winners of the Saudi Digital Machines Hackathon, patronized by His Excellency the Minister, where he pointed out that the ministry aimed through this event to employ modern technologies such as artificial intelligence, IoT and youth innovations in finding technical solutions in areas closely related to the lives of citizens such as health, energy and water, adding that such activities help to proliferate digital culture, discover the capabilities of creative, young Saudi capacities and provide the appropriate environment for them and for the development of their capabilities and innovations.
 
The Digital Machines Hackathon, organized and supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and sponsored by ‘Raqmi’ in addition to GE and Obeikan, aimed at training over 200 young people and help them create innovative solutions for real-world problems using IoT and AI technologies, stimulate the use of emerging technologies in Saudi Arabia.
 
For his part, H.E. Dr. Ahmed Al-Thenayyan, Deputy Minister for Technology Industry and Digital Capabilities, said that the event concluded yesterday with the announcement of the winners, aimed to enable the cadres of the young people to find solutions to the real problems and try to adapt technology and make its use a solution to the dilemmas faced by the communities, as well as building Saudi cadres able to use modern technologies such as IoT and AI in the empowerment of the Vision 2030, besides solving all the challenges facing participants in the areas of health, water and energy with easier ways, lower costs and less risks.
 
For his part, H.E. Dr. Ahmed Al-Thenayyan, Deputy Minister for Technology Industry and Digital Capabilities, said that the event concluded yesterday with the announcement of the winners, aimed to enable the cadres of the young people to find solutions to the real problems and try to adapt the technology and make use of it a solution to the dilemmas faced by the communities. Building Saudi cadres capable of using modern technologies such as Internet and artificial intelligence to enable Vision 2030, as well as solving all the challenges facing participants in the fields of health, water and energy in ways that are easier, lower costs and less risks.
 
On the ministry's support for the Hackathon, Al-Thenayyan said that the Ministry, within its plans for the year 2020, is working on supporting and adopting such activities in order to promote the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the ICT sector and to empower the Kingdom to be the preferred regional destination for start-ups and innovators, stressing that the event was a good opportunity to follow, support and encourage ideators, visionaries and aspirants. He also noted that the first and last goal is to serve the society through technology, mentioning that the Saudi youths have a vision and aspire to serve the society in all ways available.
 
Al-Thenayyan explained that this is only the beginning, as there are opportunities to incubate some of the outstanding projects through advanced training facilities and programs, indicating the ministry's keenness to find solutions and develop ideas to meet the challenges facing sectors most closely related to the life of communities.
 
The Digital Machines Hackathon is part of the initiatives and efforts developed by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in collaboration with its partners in the public and private sector to provide opportunities for youths and encourage them to take the lead in technology entrepreneurship and innovation, in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and its National Transformation Program 2020.           

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