SAP Supports Saudi Youth in International Technology Competition

DUBAI, United Arab EmiratesSAP has illustrated its commitment to fostering innovation in the next generation in Saudi Arabia through its participation in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition, an interactive robotics program aimed at promoting education, technology, and creativity among children.

Over the course of several months, the teams – SAP ABTAL and SAP Loadstar – met regularly to strategize, design, build, program, test, and refine their entries. The 2010 challenge was “Smart Moves – Transforming Transportation”, and the challenge was accessing people, places, goods, and services in the safest, most efficient way possible. Teams considered many modes of transportation beyond their daily routine and streamlined options by making smart moves! The contestants designed fully autonomous robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to complete a series of missions outlined by the FLL panel of judges.

SAP ABTAL Team preparing for the FLL Competition in Al Khobar

SAP ABTAL Team in a video

Each SAP team was made up of around 10 children, aged between 10 and 16, who attended the local FLL KSA competition hosted in Al Khobar, supported by their mentors.

“We applaud the dedication, commitment, and creativity shown by the children who took part in the 2010 FLL KSA. It was inspiring to be given the opportunity to mentor the future strategists of Saudi Arabia,” said SAP Loadstar mentor Asad Wosaibi, Service Director for SAP in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“One of SAP’s core values is the delivery of innovative solutions, and by working with children we are able to instill this concept into the communities we serve,” added SAP ABTAL mentor Ali Shehri, NetWeaver Consultant, Field Services, SAP Middle East & North Africa.

The FLL educational program helps young people in the region recognize and develop their skills and interest in software and technology, while allowing SAP employees to engage with the local society as team leaders and mentors.

“Educational opportunities, such as the FLL, allow SAP to work with the community, helping develop the Kingdom’s knowledge economy, and foster future generations of leaders in the field of technology and design. On behalf of SAP I would like to thank FLL for organizing such a successful event,” said Abdul-Raheem Bawazeer, Managing Director for SAP in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“Integration with the community of Saudi Arabia forms an important part of our strategic activity in the Kingdom. To demonstrate this vision we are also developing alliance programs with colleges and universities, to help enhance the skill-set of Saudi students to prepare them for future job roles,” continued Bawazeer.

Participation in the FLL initiative illustrates SAP’s involvement and continuous commitment to education and science, especially in the field of information technology. The innovative program sees SAP volunteers offering their support to the future generation of Saudi technologists, by using their unique skills and knowledge.

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