The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) is on track in utilising technology to enable the younger generation to be key players in the development of society and the economy, an industry expert told Gulf Times.
Speaking on the sidelines of Qitcom 2019, which concluded Friday, 360 Nautica founder and chairman Dr Tejinder Singh lauded the MoTC for allotting a section of the exhibition for children to learn and experience the different types of innovation from the ministry’s technology partners.
The spacious kids pavilion engaged children of all ages, allowing to be immersed in virtual reality, robotics, science and technology, and even in animation and media, as well as other learning activities.
“The very clear vision of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), which 360 Nautica also shares, is that today’s children are our future; and if we involve them and start creating awareness about technology this will help them adapt to the rapid pace of development.
“Technology is an enabler for everybody, whether you are in the office or at home, or travelling; and it is an enabler in many sectors, such as education, healthcare, and entertainment, among many others because technology is always present,” Singh said.
According to Singh, children should be exposed various kinds of technology, not only in schools but also in exhibitions and events like Qitcom 2019 “or elsewhere, so that they would understand that being innovative is great when it comes to adapting to day-to-day life on the personal and professional levels.”
“And by doing this, the MoTC and 360 Nautica are already contributing to realising one of the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030, which is to transform Qatar into a knowledge-based society,” he stressed.
He continued: “This is the time to excite children with the wonders of technology and what it could do for them and the society in general; and we will see that five or 10 years later when they grow up, they will be well aware of the roles they want to perform whether it is in manufacturing, services, or any type of career.”
In a related development, Singh announced the official launch of Startup Grind Doha chapter at the Innovation Theatre during Qitcom 2019. Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community in the world connecting more than 2mn entrepreneurs in over 600 chapters. He said Startup Grind is present in 125 countries, with global partnerships with organisations like Google for Startups.
“The objective of the Startup Doha chapter is to create a world-class networking platform for startups in Qatar,” Singh explained.
“We wish to achieve this through the following initiatives: monthly networking gathering that will focus on startup topics, such as fund raising, business model and scaling, marketing and sales, technology focus knowledge sharing, and connecting local startups to global partners through Startup Grind international chapters,” he added.