Zain Jordan Chief Executive Officer Ahmad AlHanandeh announced, on Saturday, the launch of Zain Innovation Campus (ZINC), a platform that includes all the initiatives and programs of Corporate Entrepreneurship Responsibility. The campus is expected to be inaugurated in the fourth quarter of 2014 and to be located in King Hussein Business Park.
The announcement of Zain Innovation Campus was during a ceremony held to conclude the Entrepreneurship week that was organized by Zain for seven days that included several workshops, events and initiatives that attracted startups and entrepreneurs whom seek to reflect their innovative ideas and projects into the reality domain.
AlHanandeh commented that the platform will be entitled “Zain Innovation Campus” that is spread over 630 square meters in the premises of King Hussein Business Park, as per the agreement signed between both parties. The campus will provide all the requirements needed by startups in addition to providing teleconferencing features with “500 Startups” in the United States, which is considered the largest business incubator around the world, and through this campus, Zain aims to assist the youth to convert their innovative ideas into productive projects, to be marketed locally, regionally and globally.
During the ceremony, Zain signed an agreement with Ministry of Information and Communications Technology in cooperation with Microsoft to launch “the Smart Government Initiative”, which entails a specialized competition of developing programs for the governmental services through mobile phones, with more details to be reviled in the few coming weeks.
Hanandeh highlighted that this new initiative aims at providing support to the creative Jordanian Youth and encourage them to participate in creating mobile applications that assist in transforming the government system into a mobile-base smart government system (M-Government) which will facilitate the governmental operations for Jordanians on a 24/7 basis.
Noteworthy that Zain signed an agreement with MoICT regarding launching the (M-Government) initiative, where Microsoft will provide the special technical support needed to develop the winner apps, in addition to enhancing the apps design for more convenience and dependability.
For his part, MoICT Minister His Excellency Dr. Azzam Slait highlighted that this initiative goes in line with the visions of His Majesty King Abdullah II regarding the collaboration between the Public and Private sectors. The Minister indicated that the initiative is based on three pillars: the first pillar is listing the suggested services that need to be developed and transformed into applications on smart mobiles, then selecting the applications through a (Hakathon) and finally adopting the pitched ideas for the app to come up with a final list of the services that will be developed.
The second pillar is setting the technical criteria and information security measures and design and app development guidelines, and the third pillar is the competition for best application for the governmental services, where developers are giver two to three months to develop the apps for the selected services, with the supervision of leading corporates to monitor the technical aspects and practicality of these applications.
On the other hand, General Manager of Microsoft Jordan Hussein Malhas commented: “Launching this initiative stems from the successful relationship between the public and private sectors, where this partnership enhances the strategic relation between Microsoft and MoICT and Zain.” He indicated that this initiative supports “the smart Government” which will transform Jordan to become a hub for mobile app developers, and will contribute in training the governmental cadre to manage their own projects, in addition to provide the guidance to participants to guarantee the quality and prosperity of their apps.
At the end of the ceremony, Zain announced the 12 winning projects in Zain AlMubadara Program that was launched in the fourth quarter of 2013, aiming at supporting entrepreneurial projects for youth aged 18 to 28 years. The company awarded the top three winning projects of Startup Weekend Amman that was hosted at Zain last week.
Zain AlMubadara is first initiative to be incepted by Corporate Entrepreneurship Responsibility division at Zain, and it attracted 150 projects across the kingdom and in various domains. 8 projects were nominated to the finals after several workshops and seminars organized by Zain during the past months, with the participation of judging committees formed of experts and businessmen.
“Triple R shop for books” won the first place and was awarded during the ceremony with 20 thousands JD, while “Dabbas Desert Fridge” won the second place and claimed the support of 10 thousands JDs and the third place was distributed over four projects, where each project received 5 thousands JDs and they were: “E-courses”, “AG-X to extract Silver” Trevex and “Laf Lef”. The fourth rank was distributed of 6 projects from the governramtes and each project received 1500 JDs: “Fingers Hear Sound” from Amman, “Blindoo” from Irbid, “Mshakal Co” from Tafileh, “Mashroum planting” from Ajloun, “Smart SMS” from Karak and “Marketing and advertising Assosciation” from Ma’an.