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CSIS Capstone Projects at the ACM Technology Fair

The main focus of the evening was a series of Capstone Projects done by our AUK CSIS students. Each presentation involved important uses of modern technology namely The GPS System, laptop and mobile phones.

Dr. Shereef Abu Almaati, Division Head of the Sciences & Engineering, welcomed all with a warm speech and great pride elaborating on "the magic" at AUK. He introduced the spokesperson of the evening, President Marina Tolmacheva, who spoke about our model of the Liberal Arts covering a cocktail of both Sciences and Arts, not forgetting to mention our new program, "Computer Engineering" and the "ABET Standard of Accreditation."

The man behind the Curtain was AUK's Dr. Amir Zeid, Program Lead of CSIS. He spoke about his vision of holding a showcase presenting "AUK students' talents and ingenuity. This whole Fair was a realization of that vision." He was still beaming with pride as one of his teams won the "Microsoft Imagine Cup," of the mobile development category in Dubai.

ElectReduce - Abdullah Al-Shaikh, Abdelwahab Al Atiqi, Ali Dashti, Salman Al-Saffar, Ahmad Ashour

After the presentations, a panel of judges determined the top three scores. The panel was composed of Drs. Shereef Abu Al-Maati, Abdulwahab Al Othman, Rawda Awad, Ali Charara, Roman Kulchitsky, Neamat Mosaad, and Director of IT at AUK Maha Hurayki Khlat. The criteria was based on innovation, problem definition, effectiveness, presentation, quality, creativity, and ability to answer the questions posed.

First place was awarded to "ElectReduce," the evening's favorite and the winner of this year's, "Gulf Imagine Cup Regional Finals" in Dubai. 'ElectReduce" is an application developed to monitor electricity consumption. It can be installed on the cell phone. When utilized, the user will be able to access his personal consumption and will be aware of how much to reduce. In addition, it also encourages conservation through "reward system."

Second place went to "Yebo", a creation of an "AUK Online Yearbook" containing extensive databases including photos and videos exclusively taken at AUK. Other attractions included an electronic voice of AUK, virtual model for fashion, music, social network, free mobile messaging, competitions, and many more.

In third, "Where's My Laptop?" a new software designed to collect information which helps in tracking and retrieving the laptop in case it is either lost or stolen. It can be installed in any laptop.

The three teams were awarded with trophies and gifts from the sponsors. As a token of gratitude, the CSIS Capstone students awarded both Dr. Shereef Abu Al-Maati and Dr. Amir Zeid with trophies. The eventful evening was concluded with dinner and an open poster session for projects that were developed by CSIS students.

Top three teams:
1. ElectReduce - Abdullah Al-Shaikh, Abdelwahab Al Atiqi, Ali Dashti, Salman Al-Saffar, Ahmad Ashour
2. "YEBO" - Ahmed Lotfy, Ahmed Mahmoud
3. Where is My Laptop? Mubarak Al-Maari, Fahed Al-Rafidi

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