The Digital Incubation Centre (DIC) has concluded the third edition of the IdeaCamp workshop on Saturday with the shortlisted top 200 innovative ideas out of several hundreds of applications received. IdeaCamp is a unique and innovative programme held under the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC)’s Digital Incubation Centre (DIC).
During a course of five weeks, the camp offers candidates’ workshops, trainings, and mentorship programmes by 20 global experts to incubate the best pitches.
The first workshop witnessed entrepreneurs generating business ideas with their mentors. The final ideas will be pitched during the Qatar IT Conference and Exhibition (Qitcom 2019) from October 29 until November 1. During Qitcom 2019, a panel of 10 judges along with audience votes will select the 20 most innovative business models, software solutions, and prototypes. Successful ideas will join the DIC ‘Startup Track’, which will begin later this year to take their ideas to the next level.
As part of the Entrepreneurship Zone at Qitcom 2019, IdeaCamp features entrepreneurs, developers, and designers, enabling them to harness emerging technologies. Participants will create innovative products or services with a focus on Advanced Analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) to find contemporary digital solutions and simultaneously contribute to the advancement of Qatar’s digital economy.
DIC manager Duha Ali al-Buhendi said, “Following the success of the previous IdeaCamp editions, we are excited to welcome this year’s most innovative startup ideas from different sectors. IdeaCamp is a unique programme that involves intense competitions and training sessions to identify the most exceptional startup pitches.”
IdeaCamp coincides with Qitcom’s mission to showcase innovative technologies by creating a platform for technology providers, policymakers, industry experts, and thought leaders. In the second edition of IdeaCamp, 25 new startups were incubated. The programme mentors startups through the exchange of information and knowledge to assist them in creating theoretical and practical pitches to be showcased at the final stage.
It is an excellent chance for entrepreneurs to connect with potential businesses. IdeaCamp finalists will also be provided with technical and operating support, as well as free workspace to transform their digital ideas into reality.  Under the theme ‘Safe, Smart Cities’, Qitcom 2019 will feature over 90 speakers, 300 technology exhibitors, 100 startups, and 300 innovators and entrepreneurs. The event will be a one-stop-shop for participants to showcase disruptive smart technologies and exchange next-generation knowledge.
Entrepreneurship Zone is an integral part of Qitcom 2019 and is divided into five primary activities: Startup Hub, CodeCamp, Make the Deal, IdeaCamp, and Innovation Theatre, which work together in developing the most innovative and disruptive technologies.