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CMIC technologies enables SMS voting
In an effort to engage with the events taking place in Egypt and to be a positive contributor to the changes that are taking place in the country, a partnership has been formed between Microsoft Innovation Lab in Cairo (CMIC), Microsoft Egypt, MSN Arabia, ARPU Plus and OT-Ventures to engage with Egyptians after the revolution and to provide technology as an enabler to the citizens. The partnership has produced an open voting system, the first to be introduced to the Egyptian public. The existing systems limit answers to a list of predefined choices that voters would choose from. the new solution provides freedom of choice, allowing the wisdom of the crowd to prevail and nominate the best options.

CMIC’s technology employs natural language processing techniques to ‘understand’ and classify the different ways of writing a name, whether it’s written in Arabic, English or Franco/Romanised-Arabic.

You can text your answer, in English or Arabic, in any reasonable spelling to the short number, 4559. The system is smart enough to channel down different spelling in English and Arabic and consolidate under one name. This number is active on any Egyptian mobile operator. The outcome will be displayed on MSN Arabia page at



CMIC hosts WikiBhasha workshop
WikiBhasha is a multilingual content creation tool for Wikipedia that was developed by Microsoft Research India. The WikiBhasha tool enables Wikipedia contributors to find content from other Wikipedia articles, translate the content into other languages and then either compose new articles or enhance existing articles in multilingual Wikipedias.

CMIC hosted and continues to organize events to promote WikiBhasha Beta to help create and enhance articles in Arabic Wikipedia. The data generated through this process will help improve the Microsoft Machine Translation System and will also be provided for open academic research.



CMIC sponsors student to attend the 61st Meeting of Nobel Laureates
CMIC intern, Osama Khalil, was selected to attend the 61st Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany. Osama was successful in being selected for the honour after a challenging selection process, which has become increasingly contested in recent years. 570 of the most qualified young researchers were accepted from thousands of nominations worldwide. The successful candidates are invited to share their ideas and build networks with other young researchers and Nobel Laureates at the prestigious scientific event.