UAE National Programme For Coders, Facebook Team Up To Launch AI Camp


The National Programme for Coders and Facebook have announced the launch of the “Facebook AI Camp”.

Available for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the programme will take place between 15th and 26th August and will equip students with a variety of digital skills and train them in programming languages.

The initiative is in line with national efforts to empower programmers and involve them in the UAE’s digital transformation.

Last month, the UAE partnered with tech giants such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco, IBM, HPE, LinkedIn, Nvidia and Facebook to attract 100,000 programmers and create 1,000 major global digital companies in the country.

The Facebook AI Camp will train 50 hand-picked university students on topics that are at the core of AI, from the fundamentals to advanced technology. It’s open to students in their last year of university, in AI-relevant fields and with a background in Python and Mathematics.

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Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, said, “The collaboration with Facebook to host the AI Camp comes in light of the UAE’s Government’s eagerness to enhance cooperation between government entities and major global technology companies to equip youth with the relevant cognitive skills in the fields of Artificial intelligence and programming by involving them in the design process and paving the way to the future, led by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.”

Selected people will gain access to a variety of offerings and unique activities including training workshops, knowledge sessions and a roundtable led by Al Olama, the Facebook MENA leadership team. They will also get a chance to connect with Facebook AI researchers from across the globe and specialist AI experts and recruiters. Attendees will also receive an invitation to attend the Facebook PyTorch Developer Day.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with The National Programme for Coders to support the establishment of a vibrant AI ecosystem in the UAE. By leveraging our expertise in developing and deploying AI to connect, protect and empower, we believe the Facebook AI Camp will provide students passionate about the field with a robust programme that will instil key capabilities to leverage new and progressive AI technologies,” said Azzam Alameddin, Public Policy Director, MENA and Turkey at Facebook.