HRH Princess Sabeeka patronises scientific forum

Manama: The Bahrain Polytechnic has today hosted a key forum under the theme Bahrain Women and Future Sciences.

Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King and Supreme Council for Women (SCW) President patronised the symposium.

The forum was held as part of the annual Bahraini Women’s Day, which will celebrate this year women working in higher education and future sciences.

HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa said that Bahraini women are qualified, thanks to their scientific knowhow and expertise, to lead the digital transformation towards building a strong and diversified knowledge-based economy, which would give the Kingdom more competitive edge.

She underlined the SCW commitment to support royal directives at the opening of the 2nd session of the fifth legislative term, stressing the importance of drawing up plans to be able to keep abreast of fast technological strides and hone the skills of national cadres to ensure their integration into the labour market.

She reiterated the council’s keenness on drawing up policies and programmes to ensure gender balance in the field of future science, stressing the study which was undertaken more than a year ago to serve as a reference and benchmark to measure the performance and contribution of women in this promising field.

She commended the projects which took part in the Bahraini Women Hackathon, which usher in a promising future for Bahraini women in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

She commended the efforts exerted by Bahrain Polytechnic to encourage women competences working as part of the administrative and academic staff, hailed its outstanding programme which take into account labour market changes and shifts.

HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa honoured the projects which were declared winners in the first edition of Bahraini Women Hackathon which was launched by the Supreme Council for Women in cooperation with Bahrain Polytechnic and Brink-Batelco Business Accelerator under the theme Challenge and Innovation.

HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa the top three winners, out of 12 participants in the 1st Bahraini Women Hackathon.

Our Environment team ranked first in the competition in recognition of their project which consists in an application which serves to monitor the causes of oil spill. The winning team includes Aisha Al-Hajeri, Eman Al-Mishaal, Eman Al-Qubaiti, Shaima Almeer and Soghra Hassan.

The Help Me team ranked second in the contest for an application on waste recycling and management and donations. The second-placed team includes Dr. Sheikha Haifa Al-Khalifa, Dr. Huda Al-Madhoub, Dr. Reem Sultan, Dr. Nuha Alzayani and Ghadeer Al-Harmi.

The third-placed team Revive-which included Nabaa Kashskool, Ala’a Hassan, Mariam Hassan, Noor Al-Safar and Mariam Ali-was recognized for project which consisted in an application on generating electricity using food.

HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa irrigated a tree in the garden of the Bahrain Polytechnic on this occasion, epitomizing her keenness and initiatives aimed to develop farming, expand green spaces and support efforts to achieve food security in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Source: Bahrain News Agency