The First Edition of Codecamp Sets New Heights for the Qatari Digital Ecosystem
The first edition of Codecamp drew in over 150 digital entrepreneurs from across Qatar on March 3-4. The event was organized by the Digital Incubation Center (DIC) and the Qatar Ministry of Transport and Communications, in partnership with QITCOM, and with the sponsorship of Qatar Airways, Ooredoo, MADA, and Microsoft. The Hackathon was organized with the aim to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the Qatari technology ecosystem, helping grow the digital economy. Government officials in attendance included Ms. Reem Al Mansouri, Undersecretary Digital Society Sector Development at the Ministry of Transport and Communications as well as others working on developing the digital sector in the country. Many innovative ideas were turned into working prototypes as 36 teams of computer programmers and software developers from high schools, universities, and professional coders competed to develop software solutions that tackle challenges in real time. Solutions were showcased to 20 expert judges from Qatar and the region, tackling the 4 themes of Assistive Technology, Digital Transformation, E-health, and Smart Travel, while 12 finalist teams were chosen for incubation by DIC and the opportunity to compete at Qatar’s biggest digital event, QITCOM. 4 winning teams were chosen during Quitcom, each receiving 75,000 Qatari Riyals in cash prizes. In Assistive Technology, Naqood; in Digital Transformation, Viable; in E-health, Eczema; and finally in Smart Travel, Oryx Hunter. DIC incubation includes a 6-month track that supports innovators in developing and ultimately turning their ideas into viable products or prototypes, by offering budding entrepreneurs mentoring, training, and other opportunities; as well as a 2-year startup track that supports potential entrepreneurs and early-stage tech startups with a market-ready product or prototype.