13 Feb 2019 AT 12:16 PM

Olympics of robot building coming to Dubai

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13 Feb 2019 AT 12:16 PM
Olympics of robot building coming to Dubai

An international robot -making competition, in the style of the Olympic Games, is coming to Dubai this year and it's as exciting as it sounds.

More than 2,000 school children from 193 countries will be set the task of designing a robot that can solve global issues including energy efficiency and water security. Complicated, right?

The First Global Robotics Challenge will be coming to Dubai from October 3 until October 5.

Dean Kamen, founder of First Global, said the competition was an opportunity for pupils to make a positive contribution to the world.

He said: "Hosting the First Global challenge in Dubai reaffirms the importance of this event in the design of robots, the further development of technology skills for young people and further reinforces Dubai's interest in this futuristic sector."

This isn't the first time the robot Olympics has happened. Previous events have taken place in the US and Mexico.

News of the event was announced at the World Government Summit on Sunday by Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, welcomed the event and said artificial intelligence and machine learning will make cities safer.

More details are set to be released very very soon.