The Assembly calls on gov to support its tech movement

Community initiative to spread new technology skills looking for support

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The Assembly calls on gov to support its tech movement Assembly founder Prashant Gulati calls for greater government support.
By  Mark Sutton Published  October 16, 2018

Dubai's tech community movement The Assembly is calling for government support for its community initiative to provide free training in areas such as machine learning, robotics and 3D printing.

Located in Dubai Knowledge Park, The Assembly is a community tech lab and workspace operating as a not-for-profit to provide free workshops on how technology can inspire social impact.

Founded by Prashant Gulati, The Assembly is at GITEX Technology Week drumming up government support for what Gulati says is the "largest community of its kind" in the UAE.

"We are a not-for-profit organisation and we are trying to get more sponsorship," he explains. "We do have supporters, such as the Dubai Future Foundation, but we are looking for other people to consider supporting this at a government level.

"We now have 3,000 people who are part of our community, people who are makers and come and attend our workshops. When we started we thought we'd do one workshop every quarter. We are now doing one every week nonstop."

The Assembly is one of hundreds of exciting players at GITEX Future Star and is showcasing a miniature driverless car, an automated artist called Hummingbird, a two-wheel robot named Turtlebot programmed with open-source data, as well as a 3D printed robotic arm controlled by motion sensors.

"This booth is a community booth," adds Gulati. "It is manned by kids who have done a free internship programme. People come here for two to three months because the biggest problem that many of these students face, and they always complain about it, is that they don't learn enough real stuff in school. When they come and do an internship here they learn so much and they can get better jobs."

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