Nama Group, ESO to host Green Innovation Ecothon in Oman

100 students to develop apps, software, and projects for waste management, carbon capture, and resource efficiency

Oman aims to preserve its natural resources [representational].
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Oman aims to preserve its natural resources [representational].

Nama Group and Environment Society of Oman (ESO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to organise a Green Innovation Ecothon in the sultanate, with the three-day event aimed at encouraging 100 Omani students to tackle environmental challenges in Oman through applications, software, and projects.

Eng Omar Al Wahaibi, group chief executive officer of Nama Group, signed the MoU with and ESO's board member, Dareen Mehdi.

The Ecothon will focus on three main themes, namely waste management, aimed at reducing waste, recycling, up-cycling, and waste-to-energy innovations; carbon capture and alternatives, covering smart transportation, carbon capture through plants, renewable energy sources as alternatives; and energy and water efficiency.

On the first two days of the Ecothon, students will be provided the opportunity to learn more about the selected topics, meet other students, form teams, and meet their mentors.

On the last day of the Ecothon, they will be required to finalise their proposed products and ideas and present them to a panel of evaluators, as well as stakeholders, investors, and interested partners.

Students are permitted to use any platform, framework, language, or hardware device to configure their applications, software, and projects, according to a report by Oman's news agency, ONA.

Commenting on the programme, Al Wahaibi said: “Nama Group aims to raise awareness and create a sustainability-led culture by training and developing young Omani talents.

"The initiative will support the students to create their own projects and develop their entrepreneurial ability as well.”

Jaaffar added: “Our mission is not only to protect Oman’s natural surroundings but also influence sustainable behaviour through education.

"We want to be at the forefront of promoting solutions to tackle environmental issues and Oman’s tech-savvy youth are a vital resource to help protect our beautiful country’s natural assets.

"We hope this agreement results in long-lasting benefits and inspires others to follow suit.”

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