Two teams from Princess Sumaya University for Technology’s King Hussein School of Computing Sciences won first and third places in the Climate Change Hackathon (Climathon), organized by Egypt Informatics University, in partnership with Amazon. 170 teams representing 80 universities from 33 countries participated.
Participants of the Climathon, a word inspired by the word marathon, compete to develop applications that address major climate change challenges and related issues such as sustainable cities, clean energy, empowered communities, and water care.
The application that won first prize, worth 100,000 Egyptian pounds, was presented by students Walid Abu Jaish, Aya Solak, Mira Al-Nabulsi, and Tariq Jaraisi, under the supervision of Prof. Mohammad Azzeh, and Dr. Sereen Atyani. The application presented by Joud Masoud, Abdel Rahman Yaghi, Omar Al-Qishawi, Hamza Al-Labbadi, under the supervision of Dr. Bushra Al-Hijjawi, won third prize, worth 40 thousand Egyptian pounds.
The Dean of the School, Dr. Ashraf Ahmad, praised the winning students and their tireless efforts to take the lead among those who represent Jordan in international forums. He emphasized that the competition represented a new challenge as it falls within the field of artificial intelligence and data science, and that winning it puts the university in its rightful place.
The competition, whose conclusion was attended by the Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Amr Talaat, took place over a period of one month, as competitors sent their competing applications to the judging committees.