Ooredoo Announces Theme Winners of QDB Hackathon 2023 at Award Ceremony
Ooredoo – Qatar’s leading provider of ICT and a staunch investor in innovation – has announced the winners of the Ooredoo theme at the annual QDB Business Incubation and Acceleration (BIA) Hackathon.
This year’s Ooredoo theme at the BIA Hackathon 2023, entitled ‘Enabling Customer Experience’, focused on exploring how the telecoms and digital services industries can capture, respond to and enhance the customer experience.
Ooredoo’s theme drew applications from 41 startups and innovators, with 11 being accepted and 10 pitching their ideas. Ideas involved technologies such as Internet of Things (Iot), Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).
Three ideas were declared winners: Ablelyf, a pioneering solution that tailors AI modules to cater to the unique needs of individuals with sensory conditions; Alwafee Academy for the Deaf, a comprehensive mobile app tailored for the deaf and hard of hearing that provides a platform for educational courses and resources; and Speechzy, an AI-assisted mobile app that acts as a communication coach by offering quick feedback on grammar, pronunciation, voice and body language using recorded or uploaded audio and video files.
Winners walked away with a QR25,000 pre-investment award and direct access to the QBIC Incubation Programme.
Thani Al Malki, Chief Business Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said: “We’re always excited to see the level of talent and creativity at the QBIC Hackathons, and the 2023 iteration was no different. We’ve long had a strategic commitment to investment in innovation as a key element of our drive towards complete digitalisation, and events such as these only serve to further our progress. We look forward to seeing how the latest winners develop their ideas, and to the positive impact they will no doubt have on our economy, our country and its digitalisation journey.”
The Ooredoo Theme winners were presented with their cheques at an awards ceremony hosted at QBIC on Thursday 22 June 2023. Clay Susini, Assistant Director of Digital Enablement represented Ooredoo at the event, and congratulated each winner on their achievements so far.