“Gaming and Artificial Intelligence” RISE Summer Scholars Program

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23 June. 2020

“Gaming and Artificial Intelligence”
Summer Scholars Program

July 20-24, 2020

RISE is pleased to announce a unique summer opportunity for high-school students interested in game development and artificial intelligence. In this week-long program, selected Summer Scholars will be exposed to the lively ecosystem of academics, researchers, creators and innovators, that RISE has created in the heart of Nicosia. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with experts and be introduced to the latest methods and techniques in fields as exciting and diverse as artificial intelligence, visual sociology, computational cognition and ethics in AI. The Summer Scholars Program falls within the scope of RISE’s efforts to inspire talented young students in Cyprus to follow careers in interactive media, smart systems and emerging technologies by exposing them to cutting-edge methods in these areas.

Specifically, RISE’s Gaming and AI Program will offer hands-on experience in coding, game design and development, computer graphics and artificial intelligence—with the aim of providing a basic understanding of the various aspects of game development and AI. Scholars will learn common elements of game development such as 2D and 3D graphics, animation, audio and collision handling while also learning how artificial intelligence techniques can be applied in a game environment. The course will be organized into two complementary modules—game development in UNITY and game exploration using AI. Additional topics will include AI ethics, innovation, entrepreneurship and the role of multidisciplinary teams.


The program will take place in PwC’s Julia House at 3 Themistokli Dervi Street in Nicosia from Monday July 20 to Friday July 24, 2020, between 8:00 and 14:00. Morning refreshments and snacks will be provided; there is no cost for the program. The safety and wellbeing of participants is our highest priority; all relevant COVID-19 precautionary measures will be taken upon entry into the facility and throughout the class. These include but may not be limited to hand disinfection, masks, temperature monitoring and distancing. RISE is constantly monitoring the situation and will implement and adhere to any guidelines announced by the authorities.


Applications for this highly selective program are welcomed from students in Cyprus with a zeal for innovation and innovative ideas. Applicants must be between 14 and 18 years of age and be returning to high school in the fall of 2020. Programming skills are not required but useful.


The application form can be downloaded  here.

Applicants should send the completed application form to academy@rise.org.cy. The deadline for applications is July 5th at 15:00.

All applications will be acknowledged, but only successful applicants will be notified by July 10th. Applications will be evaluated against predetermined criteria. Depending on the number of applications, final selection may be based on a random selection from all those meeting the minimum threshold.
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