Muscat - Suhar Hackathon kicks off today with 20groups that were selected among 251 registered groups, organized by ASYAD–the end-to-end comprehensive logistics solutions provider in the Middle East, in cooperation with the Smart City Platform; a strategic program in the Research. The Hackathon will discuss several key technologies including the importance of using and employing data, the implementation of the 4th industrial revolution in addition to the development of innovative solutions for the challenges facing Suhar in the field of logistics, tourism and environment.
"Our primary objective is to engage the community members, students, institutions, innovators and interested parties in the development of innovative solutions and ideas to overcome the challenges that logistics, tourism and environment sectors face today in the Sultanate. We seek to enhance awareness about the government drive to create knowledge-based economy and promote economic diversification in the Sultanate", said Ibrahim Al Bakri Senior Director of Human Capital at ASYAD.
Stressing on the importance of the Hackathon, Al Bakri explained that the Hackathon will contribute to the Sultanate's plans to develop human capital and prepare qualified Omani talents to deal with challenges and use available data in all three sectors to create innovative solutions.
Suhar Hackathon will run for three days from 10th to 12th January 2019 and is hosted by International Maritime College Oman and Mwaslat as a logistic partner.
The first day is an ideation day where the teams will select the best possible smart solution, the second day will be for implementing the required deliverables and the third day will be an assessment and award day where teams’ solutions will be evaluated by Jury members and the top three winners will be awarded.
Evaluation and Selection Criteria
Commenting on the evaluation and selection criteria for the winning teams, Dr. Hafidh Al Shehi Managing Director of The Smart City Platform said "The selection will be based on different criteria such as applicability of the idea, compatibility with the topics of the Hackathon, knowledge and awareness of the area of study, accuracy and clarity of the data and information submitted and commitment to meeting the set deadlines. The evaluation and selection will be carried out by a qualified team that comprises members from every sector of the targeted sectors".
The participants will be competing for R.O 4500 value of awards offered by ASYAD.