Microsoft hosting AI Hackfest

Dubai Hackfest gives IT sector chance to work with Microsoft machine learning solutions

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Microsoft hosting AI Hackfest Microsoft's AI Hackfest began yesterday and runs until Wednesday in Dubai.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 26, 2018

Microsoft is hosting its inaugural AI Hackfest for the Gulf Region, which gives customers the opportunity to work with Microsoft experts to develop artificial intelligence solutions.

The four-day event, which Microsoft says is the first of its kind in the  Gulf region, provides a forum for customers from both, public and private sector were invited to work with Microsoft's engineers and data scientists to solve real-world problems using the tools of artificial intelligence.

The event is intended to demonstrate the power of AI technologies and give IT decision makers the opportunity to experience capabilities such as machine-learning, advanced analytics, and natural-language processing - all hosted by Microsoft Azure cloud platform. During the event, attendees will present business problems and challenges to Microsoft's experts, who will collaborate with the delegates on solutions that use a combination of cloud-based AI tools.

"The intelligent cloud is full of possibilities, because of advancements in artificial intelligence," said Sayed Hashish, general manager, Microsoft Gulf. "Many companies, from multiple industries, and several governments, including those here in the GCC, have begun reaping the rewards.

"This Hackfest is our way of demonstrating the potential of AI to solve real world problems - to the extent that we are bringing our best engineers to collaborate with the regional tech community and solve their business challenges with real solutions. This is our ‘AI challenge'; bring us your most daunting digital transformation issues and watch the intelligent cloud show you how to achieve more: engage customers, empower employees, optimise operations and revitalise business models."

A recent Microsoft survey of large Gulf enterprises discovered that more than half of them (51%) were planning to migrate to the cloud. Many others expressed interest in adopting various forms of AI, including business intelligence (41%), Internet of Things (37%), automated workflow (25%), predictive analytics (21%) and robotics and machine automation (14%).

Hackfest 2018 is designed around two tracks. The first track focuses on attendees who have presented problems best solved by AI and Machine learning, while the other track engages with customers who would like to learn more about developing cognitive applications.

Organisations attending the Microsoft AI Hackfest include Dubai Municipality, DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre), MBC Group, The United Arab Emirates University, du - from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, Al Jaber Engineering & Contracting (ALEC) and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar.

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