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Middlesex University Dubai students shine at the NYUAD Hackathon


Middlesex University Dubai’s BSc Honours Information Technology Students, Sohail Ahmed Syed and Rohit Vaddi were recently awarded the ‘Audience Choice Award’ at the 7th Annual NYUAD International Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World.

Working alongside four external student hackers, the team pitched an extremely relevant idea ‘Wadhafni (HIREME)’, a digital SMS-based platform powered by NLP and other algorithms which seek to connect underprivileged people in the Arab World (particularly Arab Women) to freelance and short-term employment opportunities.

The Students were delighted at having the opportunity to get to know, collaborate with and learn from amazing people from over 30 countries, including world-class mentors over the course of three days.

Participation at the Annual NYUAD Hackathon involves a selection process where faculty nominated students are shortlisted from across the globe. This is the third time that Computer Engineering and Informatics students from Middlesex University Dubai have won this award in the last four years. In 2015, our Alumni, Leanne D’Souza was a member of the winning team, a feat she repeated at the 2017 competitions.

Many thanks to Mr Jaspreet Sethi, Lecturer in the Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics, for not only mentoring our students but also coordinating our student’s participation at such competitions.

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