Owen and Andrew off to study in Silicon Valley

Owen Cutajar and Andrew Gleave, with Ken Milne from the DED

Owen Cutajar and Andrew Gleave, with Ken Milne from the DED

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The two winners of the Singularity University Isle of Man Challenge have been announced.

Owen Cutajar and Andrew Gleave have won places on a week-long executive programme in Silicon Valley, California, in December, along with their travel and accommodation expenses.

Singularity University is where many of technology’s top thinkers work and exchange ideas with the world’s leading scientists, innovators and philanthropists, charged with finding technological solutions to the world’s great challenges.

Grand Challenge winner Owen Cutajar, head of digital strategy for local firm Intelligence, said: ‘I’m delighted to be selected as one of the winners of the Grand Challenge and would like to thank all those who have made this opportunity possible. The Isle of Man needs to find new, innovative means to ensure its economy can achieve its full potential and I believe success is inexorably linked with the aggregate success of each and every one of us. I took on the challenge to explore the new ideas I have and to create new contacts to help make this possible.

Andrew Gleave, co-founder of Red Robot Studios in the Isle of Man said: ‘This is an amazing opportunity to gain deep insights into the technologies that will shape our lives in the near future and which could benefit the Island and its economy. I’m looking forward to sharing what we learn to help encourage technical innovation on the island.’

‘I’m fascinated to find out more about the future of artificial intelligence and a number of related technologies to explore how they can be used to develop simple tools to make understanding and actioning on data simpler.’

The competition was sponsored by PokerStars and supported by the government’s Department of Economic Development.

Sue Hammett, head of corporate giving for sponsors PokerStars said: ‘On behalf of PokerStars I would like to congratulate Andrew and Owen on their achievement. They had to face tough competition to win a place and I am confident that they are the right people to take up this challenge.’

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