MUSCAT A student project of the Department of Computer Sciences at GUtech was selected for incubation and will become an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) start-up soon. The student’s Bee App was selected out of 69 participating teams; it aims at transforming the retail sector. The project was among the best three graduation projects of the ‘Upgrade’ programme. The Bee App was presented by Sultan Al Subhi, Alya Said Al Shanfari and Hana Al Raisi from GUtech’s Department of Computer Science. The project will get seed funds and incubation at SAS for Entrepreneurship of the Information Technology Authority for three years. While the project designers will have ownership of the companies, they will have to work towards preserving the intellectual property rights.
Another GUtech team was among the best nine teams: Alshifa al Hadi (Computer Science) and Ayman Elyatmi (Mechanical Engineering) were awarded for their innovative Darb.com. “It is an online C2C and B2C marketplace, creating a new interactive environment between customers and vendors. It is also an alternative to manual cash-payment as it provides a full e-commerce marketplace experience,” said Alshifa. Mohammed Yahya al Salmi, senior manager of Corporate Communications at Omantel said: “We are looking forward to seeing these projects in reality as start-ups that enrich the ICT sector in Oman and supporting the Sultanate’s efforts towards the digital transformation, broadband Internet and communications networks and hence, creating a positive change in the community.”