Suhar Hackathon concludes; winners announced
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