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Remarkable innovations shine in Orange Jordan’s 5G Hackathon

14 Sep 2023

Orange Jordan announced the winners of the 5G Hackathon at the closing ceremony attended by Al Hussein Technical University President, Dr. Ismael Al-Hinti, partners, leading figures in technology and entrepreneurship, and several members of the company’s executive committee in the Innovation Hub, a unique concept and destination aiming to promote innovation, under the “Innovation Space”, a three-year project co-funded by the European Union’s “Innovation for Enterprise Growth and Jobs” program “Innovate Jordan”, to support entrepreneurship and empower youth digitally across the Kingdom.
The winners of Jordan’s first of its kind 5G Hackathon are OptiClassify in the first place, AEIS in the second place, and OIA in the third place.
The hackathon was held in partnership with the Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan (int@j) and the technical partner, Nokia. The initiative was designed to support innovators in their use of the recently launched Orange Jordan 5G network, leveraging Nokia’s Single RAN solution for 5G, 
The hackathon, facilitated by Think Barter Network, helped innovators from diverse backgrounds, including youth, university students and professors, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, Orange Jordan employees, and graduates of the company’s free digital and entrepreneurial programs, turn their ideas into real-world projects in three key areas: games and entertainment, smart retail, and digital education, using 5G technology, which was launched by Orange Jordan in July 2023, as the prime enabler for such innovation.
In 5 days, the six participating teams worked in a collaborative environment to build prototypes using 5G and other advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual world, augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality, Internet of Things, cloud computing, Web 3.0, and Natural Language Processing (NLP).
Orange Jordan congratulated the winning teams, stating: “We are happy to provide the opportunity for participants to discover 5G potential in developing feasible and viable solutions in highly growing areas that can drive economic and social growth”. 
The hackathon aligns perfectly with the Innovation Hub’s purpose of promoting a culture of innovation and an ecosystem that empowers all innovators in Jordan. The Hub is a unique destination that provides innovators with resources to bring their ideas to life, Orange Jordan added.
The winning teams were chosen after the specialized jury evaluated the participants’ prototypes. The winners were awarded financial prizes, as well as networking and incubation opportunities from the Innovation Hub to help them grow their projects. All participants received participation certificates from Orange Jordan.
The 5G Hackathon’s jury comprised Chief Consumer Market Officer at Orange Jordan, Naila Al Dawoud, Chief ITN & Wholesale Officer at Orange Jordan, Eng. Waleed Al Doulat, CEO of int@j, Eng. Nidal Bitar, and Country Director/ Head of Operations for Middle East at Nokia, Eng. Moder Alzoubi.
The “Innovation Space” project supports the expansion of Orange’s digital programs to include 9 Community Digital Centers, 5 new coding academies, 5 FabLabs, 8 startup accelerators and incubators, in addition to an “Innovation Hub” at the Orange Digital Village in Amman.
The European Union funded "Innovation Space" is a pioneering initiative in Jordan and a one-stop-shop for digital innovation and entrepreneurial support. It will introduce digital culture to the wider Jordanian public, foster digital skills, especially among women and youth, and promote and nurture entrepreneurship by identifying key opportunities for digital economic growth.

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