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NASA Space Apps Challenge (Kuwait) Winners Chosen Among 25 Finalists Worldwide

17th Dec 2018 | by the Department of PR & Marketing

The first place winners of the NASA Space Apps Challenge that was held in Kuwait in October have qualified to compete in the final round as one of top 25 global finalists (out of 400). The world’s largest hackathon was hosted in Kuwait by the Center for Research in Informatics, Sciences, and Engineering (RISE) at the American University of Kuwait (AUK), in collaboration with the University’s strategic partner, Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO).

The international competition occurred over the span of 48 hours in 200 cities around the world, with over 2700 teams competing. The Kuwait competition brought together 80 people from all backgrounds, ages, and professions to solve problems related to Earth and space.
The winning team—Team Tempest, successfully tackled ‘The Polar Quest’ challenge, where they designed a quest-like game called Ice Blink, which is a 4-dimensional systems-based augmented reality puzzle game that simulates the interaction between entities in a given localized ecosystem to predict its future along a timeline. They utilized NASA’s data-set to help adventurers plan their quest and present them with challenges along the way. The application intends to raise awareness about polar environments and how they are changing.

Team Tempest are the only team from the GCC region, and one of two teams from the MENA region to qualify to the top 25.

Director of RISE Center, Professor Amir Zeid highlighted the importance of establishing links with international technology events of high relevance and the benefits to the local community, “Kuwait’s team advancing to the top 25 finalists proves that there is great potential among young innovators and entrepreneurs in Kuwait. We are proud of their achievement,” he added.

Team Tempest included the following students:

    - Omar Khalil (Team leader)
    - Noureldin Khalil
    - Mohammed Hazem
    - Islam Khaled Al-Toukhy
    - RouNan Wang
    - Hind Al-Nusif

About RISE
The AUK Center for Research in Informatics, Sciences, and Engineering (RISE) serves as AUK's primary source for multidisciplinary research and development (R&D) activities. The Center employs a holistic approach to R&D by integrating academic disciplines, and forging connections between local & international innovators, academia & industry, and technology & society.

Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO) is an investment holding company with operations that extend across the Middle East and North African region, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arabian Sea. With holdings in sectors such as financial services, media, manufacturing and real estate, KIPCO Group comprises over 60 companies and employs over 12,000 people in 24 countries. Founded in 1975, KIPCO has since become one of the MENA region’s most successful companies.

NASA Space Apps Challenge (Kuwait) Winners, Team Tempest with RISE Director, Dr. Amir Zeid