ITA open session to discuss challenges of establishing Omani tech startups

September 24, 2018

To take public opinion and suggestions, the Information Technology Authority (ITA) will organise the seventh open discussion session, ‘#Shorkum’ on the available opportunities and challenges for the establishment of Omani tech startups in Industry 4.0 technologies on Wednesday.

The discussion will be held at the Sas Center for Mobile Apps Development. The open discussion will be attended by various government entities including Al Raffd Fund, Riyada, Asyad, the Royal Court Affairs as well as a number of decision makers, IT professionals and Omani entrepreneurs in the IT field, stated a press release.

Dr Salim bin Sultan al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA, Eng Yousuf bin Ali Alharthi, CEO of Oman Tech Fund, Dr Khalid Altahhan, CEO of Blockchain Solutions and Services/Oman, Khalid Alharibi, founder and managing director, Impact and Microsoft Partner Technology Strategist, Omar Alabd will participate in the open discussion as main speakers.

The session seeks to take the public opinion in developing commercial and investment environment to be attractive to the emergence and establishment of businesses in the Industry 4.0 technologies. In addition, it will encourage Omani entrepreneurs to start commercial activities in the field of Industry 4.0 technologies. It also seeks to discuss the challenges that hinder the establishment of successful commercial projects in the field of Industry 4.0 technologies and highlight experiences of Omani innovators and entrepreneurs and benefit from suggestions.

Besides the open discussion session, an accompanying exhibition will be held to showcase experiences and innovations of Omani tech startups in Industry 4.0 technologies with the participation of Innotech, Innovation Factory, Impact, Estrlab and the Engineering Village.

Shorkum is an Arabic word that means ‘your opinion’.