The First Edi­tion of Code­camp Sets New Heights for the Qatari Dig­i­tal Ecosys­tem

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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.

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