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Inspiring Young Minds - Imagine Cup

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Last summer a student team from Bahrain came third in their category global finals of the Imagine Cup – a demanding test of imagination and technical skill (you can read more here).
The creativity of the Arab World Champions Team Butterfly, as they were known, was testament to Bahrain’s entrepreneurial spirit and the quality of our education system. Together these ensure Bahraini youngsters – including many highly-qualified graduates – are well equipped to contribute to a world of innovation.

Bahrain hosts the 2015 Pan Arab Semi-Finals
Bahrain is passionate about fostering entrepreneurship and providing opportunities for young people – not just in the Kingdom, but across the region. The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) was therefore delighted to co-sponsor the 2015 Pan Arab contest as strategic partners, which was held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince Deputy Supreme Commander and Chairman of the Economic Development Board (EDB) 31 May - 3 June, with Microsoft Bahrain. This major event was also supported by Tamkeen, eGovernment Authority (eGA), Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA), National Bank of Bahrain, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), YK Almoayyed, Batelco, Exceed IT Services & Training, and Gulf Future Business.

Outstanding winners
Three teams will travel to Seattle during the summer to represent the Middle East. BCR Team from Palestine won the ‘Innovation’ category and were named Arab World Champ2ion for their brain-controlled robot designed to help paralysed people communicate more easily. They also won a one-week internship at Tech Wadi, Silicon Valley. The UAE’s Team Freedom Fragrance, winners of the ‘World Citizenship’ category with their LAMAPP abuse reporting application, and ‘Games’ category winners Team T2 from Tunisia with their ‘Back in Time’ 3D game, will join BCR Team in the final.
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Congratulating the Imagine Cup winners, Mr. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the EDB, said: “We are very proud to play a role in this important event. Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship will be a vital part of the future prosperity of Bahrain and the wider region. We are very pleased to support initiatives such as this which offer young people in Bahrain the opportunity to develop their knowledge and exchange their experiences with peers from different Arab countries.”
The Imagine Cup in 20 seconds
Imagine Cup is part of Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative that aims to create educational, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for 300 million young people around the world.
It enables students to use ingenuity to solve the world’s toughest problems through technology, as well as providing the chance to develop an idea, create a product and generate a business plan to take that product to market.