American Univesity of Beirut

Big Data, AI, and Media Hackathon

​​MSFEA brought together around 100 undergraduate and graduate students from all over campus to compete in what has been called the univeristy's “biggest and most inter-disciplinary hackathon yet." Powered by touch, Lebanon's leading telephone operator, as well as Anghami, an Arab music streaming platform that was born in Lebanon, the three-day event ran from January 25-27 and was divided into two tracks.  

The technical avenue, comprising thirteen teams, challenged students to use their machine learning and programming skills to solve a problem posed by Anghami and AUB mentors. The entrepreneurship track, with twelve teams in total, encouraged students to come up with innovative business solutions to improve media user experience through artificial intelligence (AI) and big data. Judges and mentors, leading experts in these fields, hailed from a wide array of organizations and companies, including Netways, NVIDIA​, Anghami, and touch. ​

While 56.9% of the participants hailed from MSFEA​, 27.5% came from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and 11.4% study at the Olayan School of Business​. The remaining students either pursue degrees in the Faculty of Health Sciences or the Faculty of Medicine. The hackathon's success this year comes partly from the organizers' commitment to involve students from different departments, foster an environment of academic exchange, and enable students to work together and envision fresh and innovative solutions. Seven teams were awarded a combined prize of $5,000, while two $1,000 awards were given to each of the entrepreneurship sub-tracks.

Continue reading the article about the hackathon and details about the winners on the AUBNews​​ page.​

See photos from Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 on MSFEA's Facebook page.

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