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AUK Students Win Mobile Development category at Microsoft Gulf Imagine Cup

The AUK CSIS team.

American University of Kuwait (AUK) students won the Mobile Development category of Microsoft Gulf 2009 Imagine Cup held in Dubai. The Imagine Cup is endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which is the UN agency responsible for the promotion of international cooperation in the fields of education, science, culture and communication. Each year the Imagine Cup chooses its theme from the UN Millennium goals.

The competition challenged the regions' most talented students to 'Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems facing us today.' The United Nations has identified some of the hardest challenges in the world today in its Millennium Goals. This year the Imagine Cup Gulf region used these ambitious challenges as a guiding light to inspire change all over the Gulf region.

The AUK CSIS team project was titled ElectReduce which is a real time energy consumption monitor that helps reduce electricity consumption using mobile phones. The AUK team spent numerous weeks researching, designing and implementing a working prototype solution to their chosen problem and building a presentation that put them in first place and won the admiration of the judges, the audience as well as the other teams. The team was sponsored by Burgan Bank and Microsoft.

The AUK CSIS team was composed of Dr. Amir Zeid, Program Lead of Computer Science who served as mentor and coach, and the following students:

Abdullah Al-Shaikh, Computer Science and Information Systems (double major)
Salman Al-Saffar, Information Systems major
Ahmad Ashour, Computer Science major
Abdelwahab Al-Atiqi, Information Systems major
Ali Dashti, Information Systems major

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Photography by the AUK Public Relations & Marketing Department (C)2009

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