Kuwait's CITRA and Microsoft host AI OpenHack

Published: 13 February 2019 - 7:47 a.m.
By: Mark Sutton

Kuwait's Communication & Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) is hosting its inaugural OpenHack event with Microsoft, to build AI skillsets among software developers.

The three-day event, which began on Monday, is intended to help software architects and developers in the country to develop skills for the fourth industrial revolution, and to develop applications for specific AI and machine learning technologies.

The event is addressing issues with computer-vision solutions, and has included developers exploring spheres of data wrangling, cognitive services, artificial neural networks and custom machine learning, using the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Workbench.

OpenHack also includes a series of Tech Talks with industry experts, and Architecture Design Sessions, where customers can discuss their own individual business challenges, along with industry networking events.

"The partnership with Microsoft further strengthens our continuous commitment to the country's vision 2035 of digitally transforming Kuwait into a leading regional, financial, commercial and cultural hub. Initiatives like this OpenHack are in line with our mission of creating a competitive regulatory environment aimed at the advancement of communication and information technology," said Eng. Manal Khaled AlMazyad, Director of Public Sector Governance, CITRA.

"This effort supports our mission to empower government entities within Kuwait by using innovative and sophisticated technologies that make employees more secure, flexible and efficient, assisting them to further enhance skillsets and be future ready."

Charles Nahas, General Manager, Microsoft Kuwait, added: "We are proud to partner with CITRA and hold this event in Kuwait, as part of our global series of hackfests. Microsoft's efforts are In line to support the country's vision for providing intelligent solutions and build a tech-savvy future for all its people," says "OpenHack is designed with an objective of upskilling developers and encouraging them to learn through hands-on coding experience in turn to achieve more by adding greater value to their organisations' digital transformation journeys. The World Bank tells us that for each job created in the high-tech sector, approximately 4.3 jobs are created across all occupation and income groups. Hence, we must invest wisely and decisively in our developers, students and professionals, to empower them with tomorrow's skills, today."

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