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Hub71 recruits H2 2020 cohort; DEWA opens smart cities command centre
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Lots of news to share today. Saudi Arabia has climbed 40 places in the UN's government Digital Infrastructure Index 2020 to rank 27 worldwide; DEWA opens a smart cities command centre in Dubai; and Hub 71 selects 11 startups for its H2 2020 cohort.
Also DEWA is the proud new owner of two Boston Dynamics Spot robots and Google develops a platform to decode Egyptian hieroglyphs!
Stay safe and have a great weekend!
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#UAE #startups - Abu Dhabi-based tech accelerator Hub71 selected 11 global startups for the H2 2020 cohort of its incentive programme. The companies include AI-enabled health and wellness platform Mint Basil Market and US-based Scanalytics, which uses Internet of Things and sensor technologies to augment physical spaces. (The National)
#UAE #smartcities - Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, inaugurated the Smart Cities Command and Control Centre of Moro Hub this week, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DEWA. (Emirates News Agency)
#Saudi #digitaleconomy - Saudi Arabia has climbed 40 places in the United Nations government Digital Infrastructure Index 2020 to rank 27, putting it at the eighth spot in the G20. It has moved up 15 places in the Human Capital Index to rank 35 globally, putting it in 10th place in the G20, and also risen nine places in the E-Government Development Index to achieve the highest classification for the index, which includes 139 countries. (Arab News)
#UAE #transport - A new artificial intelligence system is being introduced in Dubai to monitor and track the behaviour of taxi drivers. The emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority said that the technology will be used to detect drowsy and distracted driving. (The National)
#UAE #robotics - Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has started testing the different uses of the four-legged Spot Robots in its internal operations, becoming the first utility in the region to use this robot, which is developed by Boston Dynamics. (ME Construction News)
#UAE #construction - Al Nasiya Construction has implemented UAE-based software developer NNTC's iFalcon Foreman solution. The iFalcon Foreman application scans the faces of workers before the start of each shift. (Zawya)
#UAE #coronavirus - The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has begun to sterilise its hospitals and health centres by using smart robots, in line with precautionary measures to enhance the safety of all staff members and patients. (Emirates News Agency)
#Oman #coronavirus - A nine-member research team from Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH) , Medical Research Centre, Sultan Qaboos University (MRC-SQU) and Taqat LLC, an Omani company, are collaborating to deploy an AI to curb Covid-19 infections. (Oman Observer)
#Saudi #UAE #education - The growing need for STEM skills is outpacing the slow process of change in curricula globally. Arab News talks to Manal Hakim, founder and CEO of Geek Express, an educational-technology platform. (Arab News)
#Saudi #education - Samsung Innovation Campus, a global educational program that equips students with “future-proof” skills, has partnered with Misk Academy to launch AI courses in Saudi Arabia. (Arab News)
#Bahrain #India #education - Educational Initiatives (EI), announced that Mindspark has been selected as a finalist of the 2019 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the ‘’Use of ICT in Education.’’ Mindspark was recognized for its high quality and innovative use of AI in education. (HED)
#Egypt #developers - Huawei has invited developers around the Middle East to put their skills to the test on a global stage with the launch of HUAWEI HMS App Innovation Contest, Apps UP (13 July - 30 August). Huawei is offering $200,000 in cash prizes for the winners. (Egypt Today)
#UAE #drones - Dubai's has a new law to govern the development of a drone services sector and a strategy to develop and manage the drone ecosystem. Now that the emirate is better positioned to attract investment and drive innovation, where are the opportunities? (SME10X.com)
#UAE #events - Dubai World Trade Centre is holding The AI Everything x Restart Dubai Summer Conference today, hosted by the National Program of Artificial Intelligence, which will celebrate the United Arab Emirate’s AI efforts during this time of pandemic. (CMW)
#Egypt #languages - Google has launched a new machine learning tool that can help decode Egyptian hieroglyphs in Arabic and English. The tool, Fabricius, will also facilitate the work of egyptologists and create awareness about the history and heritage of the ancient Egyptian civilization. (Gulf Business)