MITEF Saudi Startup competition announces winners

The nine top-placing participants have now won the right to participate in the 11th MITEF Pan Arab competition.
Updated 05 March 2018
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MITEF Saudi Startup competition announces winners

MITEF Saudi Arabia, part of the MITEF global network, has announced the winning teams at the finals of the MITEF Saudi Startup competition.
Participants were competing in three tracks — Startup track, Social Enterprise track, and Ideas track. The winners were:
l In the Startup track, the first prize went to Quantum Solutions, with Avokado taking second prize and Ironix third. Quantum Solutions received SR100,000 ($26,666), with second place receiving SR25,000, and third SR15,000.
l Labayh took first prize in the Social Enterprise track, with Aquaponica second and Blooming Bs third. The first prize winners received SR100,000, SR 25,000 for second place, and third place SR 15,000.
l In the Ideas track, first place was awarded to Duleb, with Cucumber second and Qisma third. The first prize winner received SR20,000, with second and third taking SR15,000 and SR10,000 respectively.
The nine top-placing participants have now won the right to participate in the 11th MITEF Pan Arab competition, which will be held in Oman in April, where the best entrepreneurial ideas from across the region will be showcased.
During her welcoming speech, Sarah Ghaleb, senior general manager of education and entrepreneurship initiatives at Community Jameel, expressed her delight at hosting a selection of national and international guests, investors and entrepreneurs at the final event of the MITEF Saudi Arabia. She said this is the third year a new generation of Saudi entrepreneurs have shown their work in the field of ideas, startups and social enterprise.
The Saudi StartSmart conference was also held as part of the finals event, where distinguished speakers such as Princess Banderi Al-Faisal, chief executive officer of King Khalid Foundation, encouraged local entrepreneurs to keep developing successful social and commercial ideas and projects.
The MITEF Saudi Startup competition is staged by MITEF in partnership with Bab Rizq Jameel (a Community Jameel initiative), Zain Saudi Arabia, and Dulani Business Center.
The closing ceremony was held in Riyadh on March 3. The event was attended by Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, minister of commerce and investment, as well as prominent Saudi and Arab figures, investors, entrepreneurs, and media representatives.


Zain advocates ‘New Kuwait’ vision at GITEX

Zain’s dedicated booth at the GITEX Technology Week. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 16 October 2018
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Zain advocates ‘New Kuwait’ vision at GITEX

Zain Kuwait inaugurated its dedicated booth at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX Technology Week 2018). The international event is hosted in Dubai until Oct. 18, where technology leaders and pioneers gather under one roof for five days to showcase the latest tech applications that will enrich the digital world’s revolution. 

The opening ceremony witnessed the visit of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai and chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, where he was welcomed by Zain Group’s Vice Chairman and Group CEO Bader Nasser Al-Kharafi and Zain Kuwait’s Chief Executive Officer Eaman Al-Roudhan. The ceremony was attended by Kuwaiti Consul General in Dubai Diab Al-Rashidi, as well as Zain’s executive management and strategic partners from global firms.

During his tour at Zain’s booth, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed expressed his admiration of the role Zain plays in transforming the telecom sector in the Middle East, as well as the company’s efforts in advancing innovation within the enterprise sector that witnesses constant leaps of change in the region’s markets. 

GITEX Technology Week, organized by the Dubai World Trade Center and featuring the biggest global companies, organizations, and entities from the telecom and IT industry, is considered one of the biggest events in the industry around world. 

Through its participation in GITEX, Zain aims to showcase its capabilities as an active partner in achieving the goals of the Kuwait National Development Plan (New Kuwait 2035) that stems from Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s conceptualized vision of a new Kuwait by 2035, which is based on five expected outcomes and seven key pillars. Through its booth at GITEX, Zain provides the technologies required under each of the seven pillars to achieve the goals of the Kuwait National Development Plan. 

At GITEX, Zain offers its latest innovative solutions based on the seven pillars of the Kuwait National Development Plan, which are Smart Security, Smart Education, Smart Health, Smart Mobility, Smart Living, Smart Economy, and Smart Infrastructure. 

The smart solutions Zain showcases at GITEX include solutions for Smart Security, like access control, identity management, mass notification, video surveillance, intercampus communications, and business intelligence. Solutions for Smart Education include connected classrooms and virtual classrooms. Solutions for Smart Health include remote chronic illness management, remote medical collaboration solutions, health care cloud services, and more. 

Zain’s smart solutions also feature solutions for Smart Mobility, including smart parking, remote monitoring, and smart public signage. Solutions for Smart Living include smart districts, energy management, facility management, smart metering, smart lighting, smart benches, digital signage, and smart waste bins. Smart Economy solutions include the smart investment platform, E-Wallet, payment platform, and smart retail. Finally, Smart Infrastructure solutions include the integrated DNX Platform, which enables all individual services to run in a cohesive environment, and synergizes across applications by fusing data and analysis to provide a 360-degree platform view for digital service development, management, and operations.