Here’s how the World Cup is pushing technology to Qatar

The ecosystem of startups in Qatar is developing rapidly, supported by the QSTP, an acronym that stands for Qatar Science Technology Park, the country’s first free-zone. The organization of the World Cup, which will be held next winter and which unfortunately Italy will not participate in, has contributed to giving a boost to technological innovation, which has allowed the innovations of the Qatar Science and Technology Park to launch on the international stage .

The most interesting projects

ViaVii allows visitors who will go to the World Cup to choose from hundreds of experiences to do in the country (currently there are 46 but will grow in the coming months). ViaVii was born in Jordan but was incubated by the QSTP to allow travelers a “more meaningful” experience. The platform connects people with those who offer the experience, allows payments and focuses above all on experiences in the Arab world. ViaVii is one of the startups that won the Challenge 22 call. The program is investing in projects that improve, thanks to innovations and technology, the football match experience, and is scouting among solutions that can improve the experience. of fans and accessibility in Qatar.

EMMA is the management system enhanced by artificial intelligence that allows to optimize the energy consumption of the airports: it is active on the Hamad International airport in Doha, where more than 2 million visitors are expected for the World Cup alone (the country will welcome more tourists in a month than it has had in all its history). Qatar is building a lot of infrastructure, from self-driving metro, luxurious design, to smart buildings, which will welcome tourists.

SkyStruct is the system that allows you to coordinate all parts of the construction of a new building, from planning to accounting management.

Skora, on the other hand, is active in the sport-tech sector: it is an app developed in Qatar that makes the career of footballers more inclusive, especially in marginal contexts such as those of the Arab world. The app’s artificial intelligence helps up-and-coming footballers connect with prosecutors and key people in the world of football.

Hayfa Al Abdulla, director of innovation at the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) explained that “we need to start from the challenges that our society must face to provide solutions and allow startups to propose their own ideas.” So not just sport at the next Soccer World Cup but also a lot of technology.