By utilizing Amazon Web Services (AWS) technology, Bahrain Polytechnic Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) students produced five prototype projects to various public sectors in Bahrain in an aim to solve their challenges. Bahrain Polytechnic’s management and representatives of AWS conducted a meeting to discuss the details of the projects.
Bahrain Polytechnic, in collaboration with Tamkeen and AWS , launched the CIC in 2020 to provide an opportunity to collaborate with other public sector organizations on their most pressing challenges, and provide students to solve these challenges using technology expertise of AWS. Eight projects were produced during this time, and five projects are currently at a prototype stage in collaboration with various public entities in Bahrain.
The five projects were in the range of AI chatbot, analyzing player performances in badminton, satellite imaging detection system, AI stream cameras (produced in 2 stages with two different groups). More information about these projects can be found on the CIC website: cic.polytechnic.bh
During the meeting, Bahrain Polytechnic and AWS discussed further collaboration opportunities, especially on ways to take the projects to the next level. In addition, they discussed about how the projects can be shared with other universities, providing students with an international experience.
On this occasion, Dr. Reem Albuainain, Acting CEO of Bahrain Polytechnic, stated: “I am delighted to see our students develop such prototypes for the public sector using AWS technology. This provided our final year students and graduates with practical knowledge in the field of AI, and ensured that they gain the relevant experience to fit the needs of the labor market.”
She added: “In this meeting, we have discussed several ways we can enhance our collaboration, especially on how we can provide international experience to our CIC students by collaborating with AWS CICs around the world.”
Sh. Ali bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, Deputy CEO of Resources & Quality, added: “We have always prioritized AI in our strategic plan and conducted many initiatives in this regard, such as embedding AI-related courses in our academic curricula, and hosting the Khalid bin Hamad Competition for Innovation in Artificial Intelligence on three occasions.”
After the success of the first batch of students, the CIC program will continue for next semester with new challenges and projects. Public entities who are interested to join this can submit their challenge on cic.polytechnic.bh.
The meeting included representatives from Bahrain Polytechnic: Dr. Reem Albuainain, Acting CEO, Sh. Ali bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, Deputy CEO of Resources & Quality. AWS representatives included: Ben Butler, Global Lead, AWS Cloud Innovation Centers (Worldwide Public Sector); Mike Bainbridge, Manager: Cloud Innovations Programs (Public Sector) at AWS; Nidal Albasha, Digital Innovation Lead (Cloud Innovation Centres – Bahrain).