Middlesex University Dubai student wins Audience Choice Award at Hackathon event

  • Student wins audience prize with team of students for their intelligent chat bot programme 
  • Competition involves top computer engineering students from around the world

Middlesex University Dubai Computer Engineering and Informatics student Leanne Dsouza and her team of peers from Carnegie Mellon University Qatar and NYU Abu Dhabi University, received the Audience Choice Award during NYU Abu Dhabi’s International Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World which took place on 14th to 16th April 2017 in Abu Dhabi for their intelligent chat bot application.

Mentored by world-renowned computer science professors, technology professionals and venture capitalists, including Research Software Engineer from Google, Harini Kannan, the event saw 10 student teams were challenged with the development of innovative applications to benefit the social good. Programming day and night, teams were responsible for creating their application before presenting it to a panel of judges and audience of peers on the final day of competition.

Working as part of team Teslam, Leanne and her team mates worked on an idea which aimed to improve health within the Arab region. Developed in two parts, the application visualised actionable data in the Arab world related to non-communicable diseases, specifically obesity and diabetes, through big data and machine learning to share with private and public entities. The programme would then go on to educate subjects with these diseases on healthier living through a conversational chat bot.

According to Middlesex University Dubai Director, Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes, the hackathon not only challenged the region’s top computer engineering students to create innovative programs, but also showcased these talents to a large network of professors and professionals, many of whom considered world-leaders in the sector.

“Events such as NYU Abu Dhabi’s International Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World are a great platform for students from universities around the world to create new and innovative technologies which have the potential to implement change,” said Dr. Fernandes.  “Congratulations to the Taslem team for their success at the event.  Everyone at Middlesex University Dubai is proud of their achievement and we all look forward to see what each of these talented individuals create in the future.”