07/02/2015

Knowledge Oman Joins as Country Partner for Regional Innovation Program

Knowledge Oman, the leading knowledge-based community platform, is representing the regional Challenge22 Innovation initiative as a country partner for Oman, launched this year by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) in Qatar. The mission of Challenge22 is to build a lasting legacy of innovation in the Middle East by nurturing promising ideas. 

"Innovation and creativity contribute to the advancement of society, economy and talent. We are proud to be part of such an initiative that will enable local and regional talent to compete, connect, network and gain learning and opportunities to flourish with their ideas. In collaboration with Sharakah, Tawasul and YouthVision as local country partners we are excited to all lead this forward in Oman and position Oman strongly in the region," says Rym Aoudia, President of Knowledge Oman. 

A roadshow across the region has been kicked-off start of this year with a visit to Oman in February to engage the Omani community and youth on how they can participate with their innovative ideas and plans. For the first cycle, challenges are focused on three key themes: Sustainability, Event Experience and Sports & Health. Individuals and groups of up to four people who propose the most innovative ideas will win prizes of USD 20,000 and receive mentoring from leading scientists and researchers in the region. The individuals or teams with the very best ideas - those with the greatest potential to contribute to an amazing tournament in 2022 - will receive additional funding to develop their ideas to the proof of concept stage. 

Challenge 22 is launched as an annual innovation award by Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), along with its Strategic Partners on this program, Silatech and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). The SC is the organization responsible for delivering the infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cupâ„¢ while creating a lasting legacy for Qatar and the region. Challenge 22 aims to unite, inspire and challenge the region's brightest minds, providing innovative thinkers with the opportunity to have their ideas showcased in front of an audience of billions in 2022 and beyond. 

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