Canon Mid­dle East part­ners with in5 to or­ga­nize ‘The Dubai De­code Hackathon’

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

Canon Mid­dle East (CME), the leader in imag­ing prod­ucts and so­lu­tions, part­nered with in­5to or­ga­nize ‘The Dubai Hackathon’. The event was held at the In5 In­no­va­tion Cen­ter, and brought to­gether tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ers and de­sign­ers from sev­eral coun­tries to present ground-break­ing ideas to pro­mote the ICT sec­tor. De­code Dubai Hackathon offers the ideal plat­form for techno­preneurs to com­pete, build and de­velop ex­cit­ing mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions and win ex­cit­ing prizes. The event comes un­der the pur­pose of find­ing dis­rup­tive so­lu­tions in the Print­ing in­dus­try with the main ob­jec­tive of find­ing a so­lu­tion to of­fer con­ve­nience and ef­fi­ciency for all print­ing re­quire­ments.

Canon Mid­dle East has in­vested in supporting the startup ecosys­tem and this project is first of the many ini­tia­tives to orig­i­nate. The in­tense com­pe­ti­tion helped get ta­lent un­der one plat­form at the In5 In­no­va­tion Cen­ter. A to­tal of 21 teams con­sist­ing of68 in­di­vid­u­als took part in the com­pe­ti­tion. Men­tors from Canon, as well from in5 briefed the con­tes­tants on the theme. The ex­pected out­come from the con­tes­tants was to cre­ate a new in­no­va­tive idea for a so­lu­tion or ap­pli­ca­tion which will help sup­port the print­ing in­dus­try. Ro­hit Jayakaran and Ah­mad Shab­bir from ‘On the Go Team’ de­liv­ered a promis­ing idea which won them the first prize.

The sec­ond prize was won by Prince Vir­gil Gesty Coching and Mehrad Yagh­mai from ‘Open Print Team’ who pre­sented their in­no­va­tive idea of fo­cus­ing on print ser­vices and how they can re­place print­ers. Anurag Agrawal, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Canon Mid­dle East, said: “We are in­spired by the im­pres­sive work of the con­tes­tants at the event and con­grat­u­late the win­ners and all the par­tic­i­pants for their path-break­ing ideas. We are very proud of this new col­lab­o­ra­tion with in5, which has al­lowed con­tes­tants to come up with new ideas. To­day, hackathons build vi­tal bridges be­tween large or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­no­va­tive tech busi­nesses that ben­e­fit the mar­ket.”

“Our par­tic­i­pa­tion in the event also com­ple­ments our guid­ing cor­po­rate phi­los­o­phy - Kyo­sei, which means liv­ing and work­ing to­gether for the com­mon good, and which we abide by for all our plans and ac­tiv­i­ties in the re­gion,” he added. The con­tes­tants were asked to present their in­no­va­tive ideas for de­vel­op­ing them into ap­pli­ca­tions that can be de­liv­ered in the mar­ket and po­ten­tially con­trib­ute to a pos­i­tive im­pact in the world.

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