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Terminus plans Dubai R&D centre; 19 new startups join Hub71
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A number of AI ventures are among the 19 startups that joined Abu Dhabi's Hub71 during the past quarter.
In other Abu Dhabi news, Mubadala's Injazat and Khazna Data Centres will now become portfolio companies of Group 42. And FinTech Abu Dhabi 2020 Innovation Challenge winners ahve been announced!
Meanwhile, Expo 2020 Dubai robotics sponsor Terminus Group, plans to establish an R&D centre in District 2020 after the event.
Lots more news below, including the story of two UAE school students that aim to develop robot and drone solutions for combating Covid-19.
Stay safe & have a great weekend!
#UAE #funding - Abu Dhabi-based tech accelerator Hub71 has just announced that 19 global startups joined its incentive programme during Q3 2020. Startups include Swiss AI company 1702ai, self-monitoring blood count device Algocyte, VR training platform Mental, The PLATFORM Precision Farming, AI-powered talent lifecycle predictive analysis startup WhiteBox HR, and on-demand AI chat concierge app Yanzo. (MyStartupWorld)
#UAE #fintech - AI startups modefinance, TAIGER and Uqudo were among the winners at the FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge. The winning solutions will she showcased at the Demo Day on 25 November 2020. (Zawya.com)
#UAE #chatbots - Dubai Police’s virtual assistance ‘Amna’, which takes voice commands from customers, handled 14,132 inquiries from customers who sought the policing services on Dubai Police Smart Application since January. (Gulf News)
#UAE #roboticsurgery - The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention recently conducted three surgeries for uterine prolapse using the Da Vinci Robotic surgical system. This is the first time such surgeries are being conducted in the UAE.The surgeries that took place at the Al Qassimi Women and Children’s Hospital in Sharjah. (Gulf News)
#UAE #MITSolve2020 - The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court has announced Ubenwa Health as the winner of its Health Workforce Innovation Prize for this year’s MIT Solve 2020 Global Health Challenge. Ubenwa’s smartphone app screens for birth asphyxia by using AI to analyse a newborn’s cries. (Emirates News Agency)
#UAE #coronavirus - A pair of enterprising UAE teenagers are aiming to build a fleet of cutting-edge robots and drones to catch out Covid-19 rule-breakers. Louai Allani and Mohamed Yalouh are the co-founders of Waind, a pupil-led research and development project to create artificial intelligence-based solutions to combat the pandemic. (The National)
#China #UAE #smartcities - Terminus Group, the city-level AI + IoT platform operator and official robotics sponsor of Expo 2020, plans to use Dubai as a stepping stone to Middle East and other global markets. The company will establish its first overseas headquarters with an R&D centre in District 2020. (China Daily)
#Jordan #Switzerland #R&D - Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) and the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) have partnered to join the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) as associate members of its Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Programme. PSUT and RSS will identify projects with a focus on areas of big data, artificial intelligence, materials science, applied physics, and mechanical engineering. (Jordan Times)
#Israel #Iraq #Babylonia - Gaps in ancient text are so frustrating. Now an Ariel University team is training artificial intelligence to restore missing cuneiform signs in ancient Babylonian texts. (Haaretz - subscription)
#UAE #Group42 #Mubadala - Mubadala Investment Company is integrating two of its technology portfolio companies into Group 42 to take a minority stake in the artificial intelligence and cloud-computing firm. Injazat and Khazna Data Centers (Khazna) – part of Mubadala’s ICT portfolio – are being acquired by G42 as part of the deal. (The National)
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Carrington Malin is a UAE-based entrepreneur, marketer and writer who focuses on emerging technologies.