Startup Weekend Sees Heated Rivalry as Youth Flock to Compete
Sunday, November 19, 2017 
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The “Startup Weekend Amman [SWA]” was concluded on Saturday, with four winning teams, instead of three, out of 18 honoured.
 
The first place’s project is called “HelpMate”. Led by Mohammad Istanbuli, a fourth-year Computer Information System student at the University of Jordan, the team has proposed an application to help people order food at local restaurants.
 
“Instead of standing in line to order your food, you just simply head to any table and you’ll find a Quick Response [QR] Code, where you scan this code, and it will provide you with the menu of the restaurant, and you can place your order; which will appear on the restaurant’s system,” Istanbuli said.
 
“We are working on this idea to help people with disabilities specifically in order for them not to stand in line,” he stated.
 
The second winner designed a project called “Healthyka”, a hardware for testing pressure and diabetes, which notifies the patient that he/she must have their medication.
 
In the third place came “Space”, a product delivery application, for the most used products the person usually purchases. Users can order through the application without the need to do shopping in person.
 
Fourth place’s winner is called “X-generation”, a platform for helping students to choose their stream before entering the “Tawjihi”, or general high school examination, by giving them tests which evaluate their skills and suggest which stream best suits them.
 
Annas Alchalabi, lead organiser of SWA, said that the three-day event, which was sponsored by Zain JO and ZINC JU, was open to people from all ages and nationalities, and that the event attracted teams of three to five people each.
 
“It was open to anyone who wants to participate. We have people coming from other governorates in Jordan and even other countries,” Alchalabi added.
 
“It was supposed to be three winners, but the jury found it hard to choose, so we decided to award four contenders,” he announced at the conclusion of the event.
 
Jordan Time: Nov 18,2017
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