MENA AI and Data Science Series

MENA AI and Data Science Series

In collaboration with PhazeRo, a flourishing startup company in Muscat, Oman, Berkeley-AMENA is sponsoring the MENA AI and Data Science Series. 

Presented by world-class experts and practitioners, the series will consist of a number of webinars focused on recent advances in AI and data science and their applications to real-world problems. 

The target audience for the series will consist of recent college graduates, professionals, and technology enthusiasts in the MENA region.

The series will be followed by a data science challenge, which will aim to spark interest in the topic among talented youth through a challenge focused on working with datasets. 

The event will be organized by PhazeRo, a pioneer software and data science company in Oman. Additional details can be found at:  https://www.webinar-phazero.com/

AMENA Center to Create a Comprehensive Plan for Advanced Technology Training and Innovation in Palestine

AMENA Center to Create a Comprehensive Plan for Advanced Technology Training and Innovation in Palestine

To fulfill its mission of contributing to the narrowing of the skills, entrepreneurship, innovation, and gender gaps in the MENA region, the AMENA Center is designing the general plan, training programs, curricula of the supplemental courses, acceleration and incubation programs as well as the execution roadmap and support of an Innovation Center in Palestine. 

The primary objective of the Palestine Innovation Initiative for Advanced Technologies (PII) will be to inspire and empower talented college graduates and professionals to develop innovative solutions for real-world problems through advanced technologies. In addition to advanced technologies, participants in the training programs will be equipped with such soft skills as design and systems thinking and entrepreneurship, which will enable them to establish and scale startup companies.

In an era in which disruptive technologies are rapidly transforming old industries and generating new ones, college students and graduates need to enhance their capacity for drawing on emerging 21st Century skills and technologies to advance innovation and entrepreneurialism in existing organizations as well as new enterprises. Indeed, the acquisition of technological skills and the ability to apply them is fast becoming indispensable in surmounting the challenges associated with remaining relevant and competitive in an environment of rapidly changing innovation.

As with their counterparts throughout the region and the world, the youth in Palestine are in need more than ever before to develop their abilities and become empowered to function as productive players in the innovation driven and knowledge based economy. To make a meaningful contribution to the entrenchment of a competitive economy, the Palestine Innovation Initiative for Advanced Technologies  (PII) will play a pivotal role in improving employment opportunities, promoting technology innovation and entrepreneurship, and driving startup growth.

Berkeley’s Bold New Home for Innovation, Entrepreneurship

Berkeley’s Bold New Home for Innovation, Entrepreneurship

In the face of daunting global challenges, such as climate change and a catastrophic pandemic, it is evident that the world urgently needs science-based solutions to tackle society’s greatest problems.

At the University of California, Berkeley, the next generation of emerging scholars and entrepreneurs will work to confront those challenges in the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub (BBH), a new campus initiative that aims to launch the world-changing startups of today, while cultivating the innovative leaders of tomorrow. These innovators can launch their startups at BBH’s Bakar Labs, a world-class incubator open to teams from around the world — a space where anyone can leverage all that Berkeley has to offer.

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AMENA Center Brings Malaysian Minister of Finance Lim Guan Eng to UC Berkeley

AMENA Center Brings Malaysian Minister of Finance Lim Guan Eng to UC Berkeley

Lim Guan Eng, Minister of Finance for Malaysia, who had been invited by the AMENA Center for Entrepreneurship and Development, addressed UC Berkeley students and faculty on the topic of “Industry 4.0 and the Extension of Malaysia’s Economic Success” at the Blum Center on October 18. 

For more information: https://blumcenter.berkeley.edu/news-posts/malaysian-minister-of-finance-lim-guan-eng-visits-the-blum-center/?fbclid=IwAR1A7_XGyU2xJR-jFW3jOnE83cP_cCJwKCVMPaY55CxV_uLqxXWm1YzUlUs

Berkeley-AMENA to Establish Innovation Hub in Oman

Berkeley-AMENA to Establish Innovation Hub in Oman

The signing of this memorandum of understanding aims to achieve one of the key strategic objectives of the University City Project for attracting world-class universities and research centers to the Sultanate of Oman and is aimed at transforming the Sultanate into a regional destination for entrepreneurship and innovation by establishing a cutting-edge training center focused on artificial intelligence.

The vision of the innovation hub is to provide incubation and acceleration opportunities for start-ups and provide upskilling programs for employees from the public and private sector to equip them with 21st-century skills in areas such as artificial intelligence, critical thinking, intrapreneurship, and innovation. It is intended that some of the programs to be delivered by the center will grant academic credits that may be counted towards earning academic degrees.

For more information: https://theworldnews.net/om-news/uc-berkeley-to-establish-innovation-hub-in-oman

Climate Data Hackathon

Climate Data Hackathon

The Challenge:

Resembling a Hackathon, a team of 3–5 students will be asked to utilize climate datasets across countries in the Middle East and North African region and create data visualizations, heat maps, impact indicators that identify community0wide problem areas.

Teams will present their solutions and be evaluated on the creativity, innovation, and impact potential of their visualizations. The challenge provides an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of billions of people.

Who Should Join:

No prior experience required, but a knowledge on Python is helpful. This challenge is open to every at UC Berkeley or non-UC Berkeley and undergraduates.

Prizes:

Prizes include: Patagonia Backpacks, Amazon Giftcards

1st, 2nd and 3rd places all get featured in our blog posts and newsletters! 
1st place: Sony Speakers
2nd place: $75 Amazon Gift Card
3rd place: $50 Amazon Gift Card

Dates:

Saturday 4/20: 10AM — 7PM, Chou 6th floor Spieker Forum 
Sunday 4/21: 10AM — 4PM, Chou N570

Meals will be provided and participants are not required to stay the whole time. Mentors (UC Berkeley GSIs with a strong technical background) will be available on-site to help teams create and brainstorm)

We would like to thank our sponsors: UNICEF and Planet OS for sponsoring this event. If you would like to know more information about the Center, please visit https://amenaced.berkeley.edu/ and follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AMENACED/.