Distinguished Syrian participation in Kuwait-UNDP regional Ideathon Competition

The Modelling and Simulation Club  at the Lattakia’s branch of  the Syrian  Computer Society ( SCS)  has recently participated  in the online  regional ideathon competition which is a part  of the Hackathon Q8vs Covid 19 series.

The  event was held by the United Nations Development Program ( UNDP) in cooperation with the Supreme Council for Planning and Development ( SCPD)  and the World Bank.

The ideathon competition aims to showcase the best of regional entrepreneurs with great ideas for an enthusiastic crowd of investors, incubators, media and digital professionals and connect them with the largest developments in the digital world.

 The bodies called on Arab nationals  to take part in reinforcing and promoting their ideas on means of increasing their productivity and assisting public sector’s employees during Coronavirus  ( Covid-19) pandemic and help restore normal life .

“ The Regional ideathon competition came at the right time , as the public sector in various countries is facing many new challenges due to this pandemic” Head of the Lattakia’s branch of the SCS Eng. Mariam Fayoud said in an interview with the Syriatimes e-newspaper.

She pointed out that Covid-19  pandemic showed us the great benefit of having a firm , flexible and fast responding civil services, ready to dealing with emergency cases and crisis..

Regarding  participation  in Ideathon competition  Eng. Fayoud  highlighted  that  the Modelling and Simulation Club’s  online  participation with  entrepreneurs of economics and planning in the most important scientific and research centers from all Arab countries aimed at refining  personal experience through contact with  experiences of other countries.

On his part , Head of  the modeling and simulation club Dr. Muhammad Khair Muhammad told Syriatimes  “ Participants from the Arab Region identified specific challenges facing public sector entitles and purpose innovative ideas for solutions that are effective and efficient to be implemented in real life” .

He indicated that the Modeling and Simulation Club team presented a simple and applicable idea of organizing waiting queues in service organizations using Little's law in queuing theory. 

“The main objective of the participation is to prove the value and importance of this scientific idea to solve a problem from the core of the difficult reality in Syria in light of the accumulation of queues of cars and people without an effective service and planning solution until the moment” Dr. Muhammad said.

He pointed out that the idea of organizing waiting queues according to Little Law (Little’s law is an equation showing that the average number of customers in a queueing system is equal to their average arrival rate multiplied by the average amount of time they spend in the system) was linked to the epidemic spread model programmatically designed by the team.  The purpose of the linking process was to know the curve of the number of infections with and without queues, and it was suggested that the linking process be transferred to a computer application or a mobile application that public authorities provide to know an appropriate work organization mechanism that achieves higher productivity and greater epidemic prevention. 

The Modeling and Simulation Club team was selected among the top 23 entries, which reached the semi-finals at regional ideathon  competition.


Interviewed by : Rawaa Ghanam