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QITCOM 2019 Round Up: Launchings, Partnerships and More Innovation

QITCOM 2019 is the biggest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) showcase and event in Qatar featuring over 90 speakers, 300 technology exhibitors, 100 startups and 300 innovators and entrepreneur.

The event, which opened this week at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), serves as a one-stop-shop for participants to showcase disruptive smart technologies and for the exchange of next-generation knowledge. This year’s theme is ‘Safe, Smart Cities’.

MOTC Launched Tasdeeq, Tawasol and Theqa 

Tasdeeq is a platform that offers ratification and validation services to government and corporate organisations in Qatar. The secure document system allows users and organisations to validate and authenticate documents anytime, anywhere through a single portal. The portal is owned and managed by MOTC and uses an encryption feature that allows only authorised parties to access and verify user-information. Tasdeeq is also available as a mobile app. It can be downloaded from Android and iOS app stores.

MOTC also launched Tawasol, a portal designed for secure electronic collaboration between government employees. Tawasol offers a workspace where staff can set up audio and video meetings, chat, engage in panel discussions, and distribute tasks. The portal acts as a knowledge sharing centre, where staff can access essential documents related to their roles, projects or domains, as well as trainings and manuals. The platform will enable staff to manage their meetings, calendars, and upload and share documents. Additionally, it will provide employees with the latest news, related laws and policies, guidance, and services.

In addition to the two new portals, MOTC also launched a new website, Theqa, to serve as Qatar’s e-commerce gateway. Forty-two local, Theqa-certified e-commerce providers are on showcase at QITCOM. The website is an effort to enhance consumer confidence in the local e-commerce sector, and improve the quality of services provided by local online suppliers.

MOU and Partnerships

Milaha, a leading force in maritime and logistics in Qatar, has partnered with Microsoft to build a smart-logistics platform using artificial intelligence and IoT elements from Microsoft’s Azure cloud ecosystem. The collaboration will enable Milaha to engage customers, empower employees, optimise operations and reinvent business models through digital transformation.

QITCOM Milaha

The strategic partnership between Qatar’s malomatia and the Oman ICT Group, was also announced during this year’s QITCOM. The two organisations will share expertise to meet the needs of the region’s IT services market, and create opportunities for the youth in the ICT sector.

Innovation Zone and Panel Sessions

Activities at the Innovation Theater Zone commenced with a panel session focused on entrepreneurship and start ups, and how ideas can actually turn into successful ventures. One take from the session – entrepreneurs should be able to take risks, and improve themselves by seeking information. Most start ups fail because they operate a ‘copy and paste model’ without identifying a unique selling point.

Speakers also debated the opportunities presented by the development of smart cities. The primary goal of a smart city, according to the invited guests, is to improve the quality of life with more efficient delivery of services. They agreed that while efficiency is at the heart of smart city development, it must also be cost effective and scalable. Experts advised that entrepreneurs should focus on first understanding needs, and then building solutions, offerings or services around them.

CodeCamp Winners

CodeCamp announced five winners from 47 participating teams after the challenges posed by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Ooredoo, MADA, Hamad Medical Corporation, HIA, and Qatar Airways. The winning teams each received QAR25,000.

QITCOM CodeCamp

Visit qitcom.qa for updates and more information about the event. 

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