Emirates Talent, HBMSU Collaborate For AI Program

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As part of its plan to capitalize on artificial intelligence (AI) in building the future, the Emirates Talent Association in collaboration with Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) launched the ‘Artificial Intelligence’ program to train 49 qualified individuals to the Hackathon competition under the ‘Emirati Programmer’ program which is a national program aimed at establishing a generation of UAE Nationals technologically capable of leading the future and meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

The event was attended by Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai, and Chairman of the HBMSU University’s Board of Governors and Chairman of the Emirates Talent Association, who reiterated the UAE’s commitment to deliver the necessary facilities in creating a generation of UAE Nationals capable of making the UAE a hub for developing processes, techniques and legislations concerning AI.

The program, which is aiming to build a new generation of Emirati programmers knowledgeable of the programming languages in robotics is supported by Union Cooperative Society-Dubai. The 12-week program is designed to provide talented young Emiratis from age 7 to 10-year-old to work with COSMO robotics, which is equipped with intelligent technologies capable of exploring the world and making decisions based on its familiarity with programming, monitoring and controlling measures, as well as discovering new ways to use AI in key vital areas.

The program also provides tools for talents from age 11 to 14-years old to program MAX Robot, the 12-inch sophisticated robot that combines AI and specialized programming which will enhance their ability to build on complex programs following logical processes and using simple control tools.

Lieutenant General Tamim said, “We are proud to launch the ‘Artificial Intelligence’ program, which is a new step towards achieving excellence by developing Emirati minds and national talents as the most important investment for the UAE, inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who emphasized that honing human talents is the global currency of the 21st century economies, and the only way to achieve sustainable development.”

He added, “We are confident that the program will raise the potentials of UAE talents through positive engagement in latest technologies and will guide them through knowledge and skills to make Artificial Intelligence the cornerstone in the development of services in various sectors as well future infrastructure, in line with the UAE Strategy in Artificial Intelligence.”

About 96 graduates comprised the first batch of the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative, 12 of whom reached the finals. The participants received training under the direct supervision of instructors who specialize in the three-level ‘Lifelong learning model.’ The training ensured that the local contestants would excel in the “Hackathon” competition.

Majid Hamad Rahma AlShamsi, Chairman of Union Cooperative Society-Dubai
 said, “We are pleased to be part of the AI program and we look forward to playing a significant role in supporting the National Agenda aimed at preparing qualified Emirati talents in developing future technologies that would drive growth and sustainable development.”

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