NEOM AI Challenge 2020 Concluded

Riyadh, October 22, 2020, SPA -- Saudi Arabia highlighted its students’ capabilities in the “NEOM AI Challenge”, by challenging them to provide innovative solutions for the city of NEOM in 3 main tracks: energy, entertainment, and mobility. This challenge brought together more than 400 participants from 39 Saudi universities around the Kingdom. “NEOM AI Challenge” was aiming to create solutions based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to face the future challenges in the city of "NEOM". It offered over SAR 500,000 prizes for the top 9 teams (top 3 in each track) who created innovative and sustainable solutions. At the final stage, participants showcased their projects into a committee with representatives from the Ministry of Education, SDAIA, and NEOM. The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) announced the winners of “NEOM Challenge” during the Global AI Summit event. The “NEOM Challenge” is one of the main tracks in the Global AI Summit, aims to empower the national youth capabilities, encourage innovation and creativity, and raise the awareness of AI locally.‏


Global AI Summit

Riyadh, October 22, 2020, SPA -- The Global AI Summit, which was held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, was concluded today. It was held under the title "AI for the Good of Humanity" and was organized by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA). During the summit, the speech of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was delivered on his behalf by Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi, SDAIA's President. The speech emphasized that the year 2020 is extraordinary year to test the potential of artificial intelligence (AI), as we witness the formation of a new global normal that is redefining our ways of life, working and learning. The summit included 30 sessions, in which nearly 60 speakers participated, including ministers, leaders of global entities, academics, investors, and entrepreneurs from 20 countries. During the first day of the summit, the Kingdom launched the National Strategy for Data and Artificial Intelligence (NSDAI) with an ambitious vision to make the best of data and AI a tangible reality. The strategy aims to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of data and AI at the national and global levels.


Absher Challenge 2020

The number of participants in the "Absher Challenge" reached (10731) participants, and (7921) ideas were submitted. The ideas were distributed in the three stages of the competition, the first is to develop an existing service, the second is to develop a new service, and the third is to develop during crisis times remotely, which included areas of (Artificial Intelligence - Internet of Things - Drones - Blockchain - Virtual and Augmented Reality). The overall result was announced by rewarding the top three in both the existing services track and the new services track. The first place in each track won a cash prize of 100,000 riyals, the second place from each track won 50,000 riyals, and the third place from each track won 20,000 riyals. All 20 ideas that have reached the final stage will be under development in the Absher Oasis, and their owners will work to develop them with Absher employees to get the benefits of the creative ideas.


International Open Data Day

Event description: It is an annual event that takes place globally, Saudi Arabia participates in the event in order to promote awareness and use of open data. As well as implementing it in the public sector, business sector, and the community.


Open Data Datathon

Yesser (e-government program) has recently conducted the Open Data Datathon which was held on 21-23 November, 2019. The Datathon organized in collaboration with the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) and the Saudi Data Community (SDC). During that event, a challenge of real world problem was introduced to 100 participants from different backgrounds such as data scientists, programmers, dietitians and entrepreneurs. The participants dedicated the 48 hours to end up with innovative solutions that impressed the judging Panel. Yesser Program has conducted such event to enhance the role of open data in decision-making process and to encourage the community participation in using open data to stimulate the economic growth and promote innovation.


Open Data Workshop

The E-Government Program “Yesser” organizes the "open data" workshop, which is the data owned by government institutions (such as economic, demographic and road accident statistics) and publishes it online so that anyone can obtain, use and re-publish them freely and without technical, financial or legal restrictions. Taking into consideration the legal controls under which such data were published. Open data are recent practices in developing services and government administration around the world. For more information:


Datathon large media data challenge

It is an event responsible for analyzing a large media data. In which more than 100 specialized and interested young men and women participated in, in order to develop a media monitoring bulletin board and keep pace with the future technologies developments, in the context of monitoring and analyzing media data.

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