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The American University of Kuwait is Getting Ready for NASA Space Apps Challenge 2019

06th Oct 2019 | by the Office of Public Affairs

The Center for Research in Informatics, Sciences, and Engineering (RISE) at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) is proud to hold its 2nd NASA Space Apps Challenge in collaboration with its strategic partner Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO).  

NASA Space Apps Challenge is the world's largest hackathon, which happens simultaneously in 200 cities around the world and unites diverse teams in their quest for innovation, creativity, and critical thinking. The competition—which will take place this year on October 17-19, 2019 at Marina Hotel, Salmiya—will bring together scientists, coders, space enthusiasts, graphic designers and business analysts to work in teams on developing apps, games, or websites that address one of the following challenges: Earth's Oceans, Our Moon, Planets Near and Far, To The Stars, and Living in Our World. The top two winning projects from Kuwait will qualify to compete against the rest of the world’s winners in a second round of project assessments.

Registration for the event is free of charge and is open for all ages, backgrounds and professions through the online Kuwait Location page (in-person registrations on October 17th are not allowed). In addition, RISE Center will be holding a public Information Session on October 8th at 6PM at AUK (room B205) for inquiries about the event, registration process or the secret of success of team Tempest, which made it to the global top 25 last year.

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.

The KIPCO Group is one of the biggest holding companies in the Middle East and North Africa, with consolidated assets of US$ 33 billion as at 30 June 2019. The Group has significant ownership interests in over 60 companies operating across 24 countries. The group’s main business sectors are financial services, media, real estate and manufacturing. Through its core companies, subsidiaries and affiliates, KIPCO also has interests in the education and medical sectors.


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