Riyadh – Mubasher: The world’s first AI Art hackathon ‘the AI Artathon’ opened on Friday in Riyadh, with 300 experts in data science and AI, graphic designers and artists competing to create visual arts using artificial intelligence.
The event will take place over three days, with competitors taking part in workshops and training sessions to enhance their skills, before forming teams to create concepts for AI Art.
The Artathon is an initiative of the Global AI Summit, organised by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), to show the positive impact and creativity that can be empowered by artificial intelligence.
The top 20 teams selected from the Artathon weekend will join a two-month programme to create their final artworks.
“The AI Artathon is an important part of the Global AI Summit. We are very pleased to see all of the competitors coming together, from Saudi Arabia and around the world, to collaborate and create using Artificial Intelligence,” SDAIA’s president Abdullah Al-Ghamdi commented.
Top ten pieces in the AI Artathon will be selected for an exhibition at the Global AI Summit on 30-31 March, and the top three teams will split a prize fund of SAR 500,000 ($133,000).
“In the same way, the Global AI Summit aims to bring together global government and business leaders, AI experts, academics and investors so that Saudi Arabia can lead discussions on how we can all shape the future of AI together,” Al-Ghamdi said.
Sponsored by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, the Artathon received over 2,000 applications, from over 50 countries worldwide.