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Microsoft contest reveals young Arab talent

Team from Saudi Arabia walks away with Accessibility Award at the Microsoft Imagine Cup finals in Cairo

Microsoft contest reveals young Arab talent

The Middle East has made its presence felt at this year’s Microsoft Imagine Cup with a team from Saudi Arabia beating strong competition to walk away with the Accessibility Award.

The popular technology competition saw 59,000 students from 142 countries take part this year, where candidates were asked to come up with technology innovations that would make a difference in the world today.

The list of nearly 150 finalist teams included a team from Dubai (Hello World) which developed a supply chain management software solution called Suppli, one from Sharjah (Y3K) that came up with a wireless maternal health monitoring system and another from Saudi Arabia (NoBinbou) who created a software solution that allows charities to manage resources.

However, only one team from the Middle East bagged an award at the finals held in Cairo recently – ATST from Saudi Arabia who took home the Accessibility Award. A full list of winners and award categories can be found here.

While the overall number of registered students from the region is a lot lower in comparison to other countries like the United States and Europe, the local teams have shown a lot of promise.

Suppli from Dubai, for example, have revealed that they are already working on business plans and hope to partner with microfinance institutions to take their supply chain solution forward. NoBinbou from Saudi Arabia have received a lot of feedback from charity organizations in the region who are keen to know more about their resource management software.

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