Biodiversity Ideathon - Virtual 48 hour Manafa’a Ideathon

Biodiversity Ideathon - Virtual 48 hour Manafa’a Ideathon

The Manafa’a Ideathon is a two-day event that will be held during the weekend, after which the teams will be able to present their ideas for commercial products.

Before the Ideathon:

  1. • A Brief of Manafa’a mentors' will be available on the webpage after the Pre-Ideathon.
  2. • All teams are asked to select mentors to help them during 48-hours Ideathon, within two days after the Pre-Ideathon.
  3. • Pre-coordinate the schedule of mentors time with each team prior the 48-hours Ideathon..

During the Ideathon:

Day 1: The participating teams will be given free time to start brainstorming their product and collecting all the required data. By the end of the day, each team will have identified the initial scope of the product.

Day 2: The teams will take the product idea onto the next level i.e. designing a prototype of the product (if possibile) and developing a preliminary financial study, along with a marketing plan, in addition to building product identity. At the end of the day the teams are to prepare a presentation on the product according to the prescribed form.

Ideathon Mechanism:

  1. • Through TEAMS Application
  2. • Each team is assigned a discussion room via TEAMS App for brainstorming
  3. • Log in of all participants (the missing team member will be eliminated from the teamlist).
  4. • All teams should attend the morning sessions from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on the two days of the Ideathon.
  5. • You must stick to the schedules of the mentor’s tour.

Day 1 Program

Time Topic Presenter
8:30– 9:00 am  Sign in of all participants to CISCO Webex
9:00 – 9:30 am  General guidance on Th ideathon Mechanism  Abdullah Al-Balushi
9:30 – 10:00 am  Methodology for selecting the best idea  -
10:00 am  Launch of the Virtual 48-hour Biodiversity Ideathon
10:00 – 4:00  Work on the ideas with the preferred mechanism through the available Apps
4:00 – 7:00 pm  Mentors tour *According to each team's selection
7:00 – 10:00 pm  Work on the ideas with the preferred mechanism through the available Appss

Day 2 Program

Time Topic Presenter
8:30– 9:00 am  Sign in of all participants to CISCO Webex
9:00 – 10:00 am  Business and marketing plan model workshop  Abdullah Al-Barashdi
10:00am – 4:00pm  Work on the ideas with the preferred mechanism through the available Apps
4:00 – 7:00 pm Mentors tour *According to each team's selection
8:00 pm  End of the 48-hour Biodiversity Ideathon
8:00 - 10pm  Preparing the presentation

Virtual Judging Panel

On the next day of the 48-hour Manafa’a Ideathon, the teams will present their ideas for commercial products to the panel. The panel will then assess the teams against the predefined criteria.

Arbitration mechanism

  1. • Through CISCO Webex.
  2. • Evaluation will be electronically.
  3. • Each team will present their idea Virtually through the App.
  4. • The team has the choice to present their idea via team leader or participation of all members.
  5. • The presentation should not exceed 10 minutes
  6. • The discussion of Judging panel with each team should not exceed 5 minutes

Judging Program (27/9/2020)

Time Address
9:00 – 9:15 Opening word
9:15 – 9:25  Team 1 presentation
9:30 - 9:40 Team 2 presentation
9:45 - 9:55 Team 3 presentation
10:00 - 10:10 Team 4 presentation
10:15 – 10:25 Team 5 presentation
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:15 – 11:25 Team 6 presentation
11:30 – 11:40 Team 7 presentation
11:45 – 11:55 Team 8 presentation
12:00 – 12:10 Team 9 presentation
12:15 – 12:25 Team 10 presentation

Virtual Announcement of Manafa’a Winners

The four winning teams from the two-day Manafa’a Ideathon will be announced at an official ceremony the day after the panel’s decision. The winning teams will receive a prize of RO 2,500.

judging mechanism

  1. • Through CISCO Webex.
  2. • Live streaming of the ceremony on social media channels (YouTube)
  3. • Direct contact with the winning teams to convey receiving the news.
  4. • The team has the choice to present their idea via team leader or participation of all members.
  5. • All team leaders are ready in case of requesting direct contact.
Time Paragraph
9:00 – 9:15 am  Opining speech
9:15 – 9:20 Speech by Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Resources Center
9:20 – 9:25  Speech by the Omani Academy of SMEs
9:25 – 9:45 Short clip of Manafa’a Ideathon
9:45 – 9:55  Announcement of winning teams
9:55  The end of the ceremony

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