MTC and Supreme Council for Planning Conduct Youth ICT Lab
The MTC’s Main Technological Innovation Committee for Combating COVID-19, in cooperation with the youth development sector of the 10th 5-year plan implemented by the Supreme Council for Planning, organized yesterday morning the Youth ICT Lab which will last for following days and aimed at involving the Omani youth in identifying the challenges that face some of the economic sectors from their prospective with the focus on finding ICT solutions to tackle the consequences of Coronavirus pandemic.
The youth working groups communicated through the online communication apps and were divided into three main sectors: education, services and health. The working groups will propose several use cases and solutions for example, supporting the health sector with IT solutions to ensure business continuity during crises, and digital creative ideas to enhance community participation.
In his commencement talk, Eng. Zaid bin Abdullah Al Salmani, Head of the Youth Sector Development Group at the tenth five-year plan, welcomed the participants and spoke about the importance of this lab, and introduced the tenth five-year plan as it is the first implementation plan for Oman 2040 vision,.
Dr. Salim bin Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of the Ministry of Technology and Communications,: stated, “We believe that youth have a great role in the development of various sectors, including the information and communications technology sector, and this cannot be realized without the youth active involvement, hence, we, at MTC, welcome The innovators and their initiatives through many projects, among which : Sas Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Sas Center for Mobile Apps Development and Sas Center for Entrepreneurship.”
Al Ruzaiqi urged the youth participants to present their ICT initiatives which will be evaluated by the committee and implemented if applicable and feasible, thus expand their role in addressing coronavirus pandemic.
Thuraiya bint Muhammad Al Harthi, a member of the Main Technological Innovation Committee for Combating Coronavirus) Covid 19(, representative of the youth sector, gave a presentation introducing the Technological Innovation committee, its importance and its areas of focus. She indicated that “the committee organizes and directs the specialized national capabilities to provide innovative ICT solutions to address the novel coronavirus "Covid-19" in the field of rapid diagnostic and epidemiological investigation, provision of medicine and remote health care in addition to providing health and medication supplies and prevention solutions, and will work to strengthen quarantine procedures, social Distancing and finding a unified mechanism to enhance social solidarity.”
Alia Bint Saeed Al Shanfari, member of the youth sector development group and director of the youth lab, stated that “the lab will continue for the following 2 days and will go through a number of stages as follows: identifying challenges, developing solutions, pitching proposed initiative and aligning proposed initiatives.”
She went on explaining “At the challenges identification, they will discuss the main issues facing each sector, conduct a brainstorming session to highlight the common challenges, present the challenges in a clear manner, define no more than 9 carefully selected challenges and rank them according to priority. Then, the solutions development stage through which the participants will have another brainstorming to identify potential solutions to the challenges, and it is expected that at this stage the participants will present at least 7 selected solutions arranged in priority. Through the initiatives pitching stage, the participants will make comparison with relevant international and regional initiatives and come up with a proposed list of initiatives. Towards the final stage, the initiatives will be sorted, arranged and integrated with similar initiatives and measured with a “smart” model to produce seven initiatives for each pillar.”