Predix-powered Industrial Internet hackathon held in Saudi Arabia
The hackathon event was hosted by GE in close collaboration with Tata Consulting Services and Hobby District.
Aiming to support the development of digital industrial leaders in the Middle East, GE recently hosted a group of more than 60 entrepreneurs and developers in Saudi Arabia, who participated in a digital industrial hackathon.
Over a period of 30 hours, 16 teams competed using Predix, an Industrial-Internet-of-Things platform to devise a digital solutions focused on the country's critical healthcare industry.
Hosted at the GE Saudi Technology & Innovation Center in Dhahran Techno Valley, participants received real-time data from specific machines that generated data recorded doses of radiation, such as CT scanners. Utilising this data, the developers were then tasked in create applications that would compare levels of radiation between facilities.
Ali Saleh, senior vice president & chief commercial officer, GE Digital Middle East, Africa & Turkey said: "We are proud of the talented young developers and entrepreneurs who came forward for this real-world challenge in the healthcare industry."
He added: "Using digital solutions and GE's Predix platform, these brilliant teams were able to work on solutions that truly matter to the Kingdom. This event encapsulates what GE Digital is all about - lean problem solving, an agile software platform, and solutions that impact the community at scale. As always, we are committed to knowledge transfer to contribute positively to the innovation ecosystems of which we are a part."
The event was hosted in collaboration between GE and its digital partner Tata Consulting Services, as well as Hobby District, a Saudi-based technology organisation. The judging panel to determine the winner comprised of a number of high profile industry personalities, which included Dr. Aiman El-Maleh, Professor, Computer Engineering, KFUPM; Dr. Amal Fatani, head of the TCS-GE joint All Women Center in Riyadh; and Hatem ElMohandes, Director - Solutions Architecture, GE Digital Middle East & North Africa, to name a few.
The winning team was Data Scroungers, which comprised of a group of four juniors from KFUPM, and they took a prize roughly valued at $5,000.
Hisham Al Bahkali, president & CEO, GE Saudi Arabia & Bahrain continued: "It is fitting that the first Predix hackathon in the Middle East took place in Saudi Arabia. We have a robust pool of young, digitally-minded talent who are taking the Kingdom into the digital era. They are university graduates, undergrads, entrepreneurs, and professionals who all share a drive to work in the digital space, on challenges that matter for their country."