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3rd Annual ACM Technology Fair at AUK

As part of its mission to inspire young people and discover potential technology leaders, Association for Computing Machinery at the American University of Kuwait Chapter (ACM-AUK) held the 3rd Annual ACM Technology Fair at AUK to conclude the ACM activities for the academic year 2010-2011.

The fair included an exhibition featuring computer antiques as well as student modern software innovations. In addition, the fair hosted a contest for AUK CS and IS graduating students, who showcased their senior capstone projects and competed for the best three winning ideas. The event concluded at an exciting atmosphere as the winners were announced by the judges panel. The best 3 ideas received awards.

AUK President Dr. Winfred Thompson gave the opening remarks of the event. He stressed that AUK encourages research efforts and innovative thinking. He added that he is proud to attend such events to observe the achievements of CS and IS AUK students.

The eight competing teams included four male and four female teams, who presented their projects to the audience and a panel of judges. The first winning project was "RRS" by SWAP team: Ali Taqi, Bader Al-Mohamed Ali and Eissa Al-Qadeeri. SWAP team decided to solve one of the most critical world problems through their 'Revolutionary Reporting System'. Their design is based on a simple image reporting software that uses the geographic location tagging on images. The project aims at reducing the mortality rates resulting from delayed emergency management. In second place was "The Enlight Project" by Team Dream: Wael Al-Ahmady, Mejren Al-Hammadi, Faisal Al-Ajmi, and Salem Al-Hammadi. The Enlight Project: had two parts, the first part allows you to turn any surface whatsoever into an internet-connected touch screen, while the second part revolutionizes user interfaces by allowing you to control computers using body-motion-sensing without any keyboard/mouse. In third place came the "The World Application" project presented by Khaled Al-Jassar, Abduallah AlShaya and Mohammed Al-Shatti. The project is a system designed to provide real time translators for many languages.

The event was organized by the members of ACM Club at AUK with the sponsorship and support of the Office of Student Life at AUK; and under supervision of Dr. Amir Zeid, Program Lead for Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS). The ACM Club is a chapter of the international Association for Computing Machinery, an international scientific and educational organization based in New York and with offices and chapters in many parts of the world.

The ACM chapter at AUK was established in 2008 by Professor Amir Zeid, who also serves as the Advisor of the ACM-AUK Chapter. The idea behind it was to support the CSIS program and provide educational activities that embrace CISS as a truly exciting field.

The "Technology Fair", as seen by Dr. Zeid, is a chance to engage the students in software solutions that deal with real world problems. "Passing through the tough times of coming up with software ideas, testing them, and simplifying them in a form of a public presentation is not an easy job. These students have undergone significant development in their personalities and skills in a matter of months. Now, they have come out to the public confidently with ideas that stand out and make real a difference to the world. The SWAP team is getting ready to expose their idea to the whole world in the Imagine Cup finals in New York next July. I hope they set a good example to their peers and inspire them to expose their talents."

The ceremony also included awards and acknowledgements for excellence in CS and IS programs. Two students were acknowledged for presenting conference papers. Two other students were acknowledged for getting accepted to attend summer school of computer security at Dartmouth College. The three top teams from AUK who ranked among the top-10 teams in the regional Microsoft Imagine Cup were also acknowledged.

Winning Team with President Thompson and Dr. Zeid

Top three teams in the competition

Released by the PR & Marketing Department on the 31st May 2011

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