Ericsson announces winners of Smart Schools competition in Oman
· Top three winners win a trip to visit Ericsson’s Experience Centre in Sweden
During an Award Ceremony held under the patronage of Oman’s Undersecretary for Administration and Finance at the Ministry of Education, His Excellency Mustafa bin Ali bin Abdullatif,, Ericsson announced the final winners of its Smart Schools competition in Oman. The ceremony was held on January 15 at the Crowne Plaza in Muscat.
Held for the first time in the Middle East, Ericsson’s Smart Schools competition focused on the role that the Networked Society can play in fostering innovation among preparatory school students and throughout education. Participating students were asked to come up with ideas for new inventions that will enable the Networked Society, where everything that can benefit from a connection will be connected.
“The Smart Schools competition in Oman reflects our belief in the young generations’ great potential to come up with unique and exciting ideas to shape the Networked Society. These passionate students and their ideas will help to bring the Networked Society to life, and will change the world for the better. It is great to see the standard of insights and ideas that the students brought into the final round,” said Abdullah Al-Balushi, President of Ericsson Oman.
The competition was a joint effort between Ericsson and Oman’s Ministry of Education, targeting 83 schools across Muscat from Grades 8, 9 and 10 to compete against each other.
After filtering through almost 280 individual ideas, only 10 top semifinalists from seven schools were invited to the Awards Ceremony event, to present their ideas to a judging committee. The committee then chose the top three winners: Ahmad Khalfan Al Rahbi from Maaz Bin Jabal School for Boys, Jawhra Hamoud Alwardi from Asila bint Qais Al Busaidi School for Girls, and Rafaa Soud Hilal Alhadrami from Umm Saad Al Ansariya School for Girls.
The winners each received a trip to Ericsson’s Experience Centre in Sweden, where they will have the opportunity to explore the fast-paced ICT evolution, and what the future holds for the industry.
The next Smart Schools competition will be held in Egypt. Ericsson plans to include more regional countries in the competition throughout 2014.
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