“Innovating Today for the Future of Qatar” is the slogan of this year’s QITCOM, Qatar’s largest IT conference and exhibition. The event is going on at the Qatar National Convention Centre and will last till May 28, 2014.
In line with that, this month’s Top 10 looks at ICT innovations from around the Middle East. We’ve sought to include examples from a number of different countries, as well as exploring a variety of different subjects, so guaranteed you’ll learn something new!
To give you a flavor of the full round-up, here are three examples from our latest bulletin.
For example, you may have heard about the HajjSalam app, designed to support pilgrims during their holy journey. The app allows pilgrims to read or hear prayers at the right time and place; count the number of laps made around the Kaaba, tag their tent on the app’s map and see nearby landmarks and routes. Given how busy Hajj can be, such an app could be very useful.
Palestine, another conflict zone, is home to “Souktel”, a job-matching and aid-linking mobile-based service. Again showing how ICT can offer solutions to communities who face challenges in their day to day lives.
Back here in Qatar, Qatar Charity launched in February 2014 a year long competition on Instagram, under the title
#انستغرام_الخير “Instagram for Good Deeds”. where people are invited to upload pictures reflecting the “value of the month” with the opportunity to win cameras and photography equipment.
Check out our Top Ten and let us know of any important or interesting innovations you have spotted.
There will be more innovations on display, and an opportunities to hear from – and meet – tech entrepreneurs at QITCOM.