Suhar Hackathon con­cludes; win­ners an­nounced

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Three teams were de­clared win­ners of the Suhar Hackathon on Sat­ur­day. These teams were cho­sen from among 100 par­tic­i­pants di­vided into 20 teams.

The teams capped their jour­ney at the clos­ing cer­e­mony un­der the pa­tron­age of H E Dr Ahmed bin Mo­hammed bin Salim al Fu­taisi, Min­is­ter of Trans­port and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Col­lege Oman.

IOT Lo­gis­tics So­lu­tions were crowned the win­ners of the hackathon.

The team re­ceived RO2,000 as cash prize. Team Quartz se­cured the sec­ond spot and re­ceived a prize of RO1,500. The third po­si­tion was se­cured by Dig­i­tal Arch. They were awarded a cash prize of RO1,000.

Al Kat­tab al Maani, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Oman Lo­gis­tics Cen­ter at Asyad said, “So­har plays an im­por­tant role in sul­tanate’s eco-

nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion and Suhar Hackathon in­tro­duced par­tic­i­pants to busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in the city and I was im­pressed with the so­lu­tions that were pre­sented in 72 hours. We are ex­cited to see these in­no­va­tors build on what they started here.”

Or­gan­ised by Asyad and Smart City Plat­form, Suhar Hackathon looked at pro­vid­ing so­lu­tions for the city in the three sec­tors: lo­gis­tics, tourism and en­vi­ron­ment with ideas that in­cluded 3D print­ing, tube

trans­port, cloud lo­gis­tics, busi­ness in­tel­li­gence, blockchain, big data, self-driv­ing ve­hi­cles, ro­bot­ics and au­to­ma­tion.

The three-day pro­gramme in­tro­duced par­tic­i­pants to the busi­ness com­mu­nity in So­har, where they pre­sented their ideas to a panel of judges com­pris­ing Badar al Nad­abi, group chief cor­po­rate sup­port of­fi­cer at Asyad, Dr Ali al Shaithani, direc­tor of Re­search Cen­ters at The Re­search Coun­cil, Dr Ma­hab al Hi­nai, direc­tor of En­vi­ron­ment Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence at Be’ah, Dr Hamed al Mahrazi, tourism ad­vi­sor and Has­san al Ajmi, tech­ni­cal con­sul­tant.

Scores were based on cre­ativ­ity, team­work, pre­sen­ta­tion de­liv­ery, po­ten­tial for in­vest­ment, sus­tain­abil­ity and time man­age­ment.

Com­ment­ing on the role of hackathon in mo­ti­vat­ing the youth, Ajmi said, “One of the key ob­jec­tives of it is to pro­vide a sup­port­ive and in­cu­bat­ing en­vi­ron­ment for in­no­va­tors as well as en­cour­age young tal­ent by pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial and con­sult­ing sup­port and in­te­grated ser­vices.”

I was im­pressed with the so­lu­tions pre­sented in 72 hours. We are ex­cited to see these in­no­va­tors build on what they started here

Al Kat­tab al Maani

(Sup­plied photo)

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