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Imagine Cup: Microsoft Announces the National Winners

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Imagine cup is a global competition organized by Microsoft, aiming to give young developers the opportunity to acquire new and critical technical, business and team-building skills while having fun.

The 16th edition took place at Ain Shams University in Cairo, 21 teams competed against each other on the first round. The six finalists were assessed by experts at Microsoft Egypt. The finalists went head-to-head, with Team “Beach Safer” emerging victorious, while the teams “Gather” and “Pharos” were adjudged second and third runners-up, respectively. The winning team received a cash prize of 30,000EGP, which was handed over by Dr. Essam Khamis, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Azza El Shinawy, Public Sector Lead at Microsoft Egypt and Noha Labib, Education Lead at Microsoft Egypt.

The winner team will get a chance to compete regionally with other teams and eventually move forward to World finals vying for a grand prize of $100,000, as well as the coveted Imagine Cup.

During the first round, 21 competing teams were whittled down to just six finalists following an internal assessment by experts at Microsoft Egypt. The finalists went head-to-head, with Team “Beach Safer” emerging victorious, while the teams “Gather” and “Pharos” were adjudged second and third runners-up, respectively. The winning team received a cash prize of 30,000EGP, which was handed over by Dr. Essam Khamis, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Azza El Shinawy, Public Sector Lead at Microsoft Egypt and Noha Labib, Education Lead at Microsoft Egypt.

“The quality of entries this year was remarkable, which is a clear indicator that technology students in Egypt are not only keeping pace with their international counterparts, but they are in a variety of ways spearheading technological innovation in the country. At Microsoft, we are proud to provide these young tech entrepreneurs the tools and the platform they need to succeed, and more importantly, make a positive difference in the world,” commented Khaled Abd El Kader, General Manager Microsoft Egypt.

He added: “Today’s students are the makers and doers that will build and change the world as we know it. At Microsoft, we believe this new generation of innovators has potential to face many of challenges facing the society.”

Imagine Cup gives an opportunity for young aspiring developers and entrepreneurs to collaborate, create and build technology applications; as well as creating business plans and gaining and understanding of the industry.

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Egypt’s population hits another risky rate

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Egypt’s population hits an increase of 70% in comparison to 2015, Hala al-Said -Minister of Planning and Administrative Reform- announced that it is estimated that Egypt’s population will reach 150 million by the year 2050; seeing how birth rate has been rising since 2005 and that makes Egypt one of the highest population growth rates in the world.

Overpopulation puts the national security at risk and is considered now to be a huge issue that need to be controlled by different parties. She also stated that the government is looking forward to investing in human resources in the light of this issue, and that the constitution encourages the execution of sustainable development goals.

In a press conference that was held last Sunday by Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali, it was announced that the government is working towards renovating 33 clinics that provides contraception services under the framework of the project “Two are Enough”, that aims at limiting the growth rate of population.

“Two are Enough” aims at training nurses and physicians on the area of overpopulation, and offers bonuses for volunteers who work in raising awareness in Upper Egypt which is recorded to have the highest birth rates.

Female rural leaders are also trained to advice their fellow female villagers on the issue and its risks. More than 2,000 female leaders are reaching out to villagers in their homes and the target –as a start- is to visit more than 10,000 houses in different 10 governorates across Egypt.

The campaign will carry on raising awareness through radio episodes that are to be aired on Quran channels with the cooperation of Al Azhar and Dar al-Ifta.

We hope that such tactics can actually have an impact on the mindsets of people in rural areas, and that we can witness results in the upcoming few months.

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Unearthing more of Egypt’s legacy

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Discoveries of Egypt’s treasures continues 

Missions continue to discover Egypt’s hidden treasures 

Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani announced on Wednesday that more than 200 Italian archaeological missions are working on unearthing the treasures that still lays in different sites across Egypt, and that was during the inauguration of the second conference of the Italian Archaeological missions in Egypt, the middle East and North Africa.

The conference titled “Italian Archaeology in Egypt and MENA Countries (IAM2)” was held in the ministry’s office at Ahmed Pasha Kamal Hall in Zamalek, and secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri attended along with the Italian Ambassador to Egypt Giampaolo Cantini and other officials.

Several discoveries took place during this archeological mission, sites included Karnak Temple, Saqqara, Minya and Dahshour. During the conference, details covering those discoveries were discussed.

Another important issue that was discussed during the conference is the necessity of restoring the smuggled artifacts from Egypt. The issue was welcomed by the Italian authorities and they expressed their complete support of the case.

We hope that such a collaboration will indeed help in uncovering more of Egypt’s legacies just in time with the Grand Egyptian museum, in order to highlight and showcase those discoveries.

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Inertia Egypt Reveals Latest Updates on Joulz

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A Sunlit Neighborhood in the Heart of West Cairo

Cairo, Egypt – December 3rd, 2018: Inertia Egypt, the leading real estate developer revealed today the latest updates surrounding one of its flagship residential developments, Joulz – a neighborhood in the heart of West Cairo with a mixed-use area. Strategically located in the heart of West Cairo, Joulz is just 2 KM away from the ring road, 7 KM away from the 26th of July Corridor and 20-30 minutes away from downtown Cairo. Joulz consists of 1,150 residential units containing an array of apartments, townhouses, twin houses, and stand-alone villas. Residential units are built on 25% of the total land area, allowing for vast lush, green vegetation throughout the neighbourhood that create unique views and healthy, green environments.

The name Joulz is appropriated from Joules, the unit used to measure photons, the fundamental particle of light-without which life would not be sustainable. On that premise, Joulz architecture harnesses this light to transport its community from the smog of the city to radiance, doing so by integrating natural elements inside each home to create a cleaner and healthier lifestyle. Inertia’s architects designed each unit with big windows, spacious patios and bright sun wells that guarantee plenty of sunlight. Homes have sun study rooms, corridors are lit up by sunshine and villas have internal courtyards to ensure natural light penetrates every home.

“When we developed Joulz, we thought deeply about what makes the perfect neighborhood and developed the project accordingly. This entailed having the majority of the land used for open green spaces, facilities that encourage healthy lifestyles and outdoor activities, restaurants and cafes, medical clinics, hyper markets, banks, 24 hour security surveillance and easy accessibility to wider Cairo. All this can be found within the Joulz neighborhood which promises a friendly, warm and intimate experience real value for money for its tenants,” said Yasser Darwish, Projects Director, Inertia.

The Joulz neighbourhood has eight themed parks that make up 45,000 m2 of the development. Every park and green area will be themed differently to suit and entertain its residents. Joulz has curving jogging trails and bicycle lanes located throughout the neighbourhood that aim to maximize the resident’s experience, and to practice healthier daily habits that are hard to sustain in the city. For families with children, each area inside the compound has a nearby children’s playground to ensure children are close to their home.

 

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