Organized by "META" in cooperation with the Headquarters of Programmers and the Museum of the Future

Dubai hosts the “Spark R” global challenge for the first time in the region

  • The Spark R Challenge is held under the slogan: “The future is now - exploring the next decade.”

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  • Omar Sultan Al Olama: "The UAE government adopts artificial intelligence solutions and modern technology to enhance its readiness for the future."


Meta, in cooperation with the Headquarters of Programmers and the Museum of the Future, launched the SparkR global challenge under the slogan: "The Future is Now - Exploring the Next Decade", which aims to imagine the impact of technology and innovation on future lifestyles, mobility, work and communication, by designing the effects of reality. Enhanced and using the latest capabilities of “Spark R” to understand new variables and find the best solutions to challenges, thus contributing to creating a brighter future for future generations.

The programmers headquarters, through the global “Spark R” challenge, which is being held for the first time in the Middle East from May 23 to June 17, focuses on inviting the global community of content creators and programmers to share their creativity and innovations related to the future, through augmented reality and competition to reach the best Future images and patterns in various vital fields and sectors by taking advantage of modern technology, which will reflect positively on improving people's lives.

Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, Deputy Managing Director of the Dubai Future Foundation, confirmed that “the UAE government, led by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is adopting intelligent solutions. Artificial intelligence, modern technology and software to enhance its readiness for the future, and to explore new opportunities to shape a better future.”

He said, "The (Spark R) Global Hackathon Challenge, organized for the first time in the Middle East, keeps pace with the rapid developments in the sectors most related to human life and driven by modern technology, data and digital solutions, and contributes to stimulating innovation and finding proactive and viable solutions, and continuing continuous improvement to build A digital economy based on knowledge and innovation.

For his part, Faris Akkad, Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at META, said: “We are excited to launch the first global (Spark R) challenge in the Middle East, and through it we seek to form a platform in which this community converges to explore the future, and show the impact it has. Augmented reality can add to societies.”

He added: “As we work to create Metaverse, the community of professionals, content creators and programmers will play a key role in bridging the gap between the real, augmented and virtual worlds.

From this hackathon, creators around the world will be pioneers in exploring the transformative capabilities of the metaphysical world.”

The organization of the “Spark R” global challenge comes as a result of the constructive cooperation between “META” and the Programmers Headquarters aimed at empowering programmers with a variety of digital skills and training them in the use of programming languages, in line with national efforts aimed at empowering programmers and supporting their participation in the digital transformation process in the country. UAE.

SparkR (Meta Augmented Reality Studio) helps elite creators imagine, create and share AR effects to reach billions of people around the world through Facebook and Instagram.

The winners of the competition will be given a license to use their winning creations on the official social media accounts of Emirates Airlines and Accenture. Participants will also have a chance to win cash prizes totaling $50,000 for the winners.

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