By ; Mohamed El Kholy
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) launched the DEWA Academy AI Championship, as part of its efforts to create a national economy based on knowledge, innovation, and futuristic technologies. The championship introduces the academy students to various competitions including building and developing robots, AI models to turn homes into smart ones, personal assistants, and face and mood recognition tools for analysing customer reactions.
The championship includes 5-day intensive sessions for 60 students. DEWA provides the participants with AI tools including sensors, and programmable microcontrollers to build their projects and present them in a week for a jury comprising DEWA experts to select the three winners.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA noted that the challenge is part of DEWA’s efforts to achieve the Dubai 10X initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to make Dubai 10 years ahead of other cities through innovative disruptive technologies; and the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031.
The challenge aligns with DEWA’s integrated strategy to invest in young minds, empowering youth and supplying them with technical skills according to the best international standards in vocational training. DEWA Academy is committed to enhance localisation and prepare a generation that keeps pace with the future government and mindset.
This is through developing an advanced educational system, providing required training for the academy students and help them gain hands-on experience that helps them in their education and career.
The 189 students currently enrolled in DEWA Academy for the year 2020/2021 are effectively moving forward with their hybrid education system; online and offline.
The academy provides the best technological education programmes, supervised by the Ministry of Education.
It also provides specialised engineering and technical subjects under the supervision of the Pearson BTECH and the help of teachers and engineers and the administrative board. DEWA’s state-of-the-art digital infrastructure helped maintain the educational process at the academy according to the highest international standards; despite the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19.
This protects the health and safety of students, teachers and society.