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Challenge 22 Roadshow hits halfway mark with visit to Oman
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Challenge 22 Roadshow hits halfway mark with visit to Oman

The Challenge 22 Roadshow began a three-day visit to the Sultanate of Oman as the exciting regional competition continued.
Ahead of four information sessions about the initiative, Fatma Al Nuaimi, Human and Social Legacy Manager at Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), spoke about the successful visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the roadshow prepared for its latest stop in neighbouring Oman: “We are very happy about the excitement we’ve seen from young innovators in Saudi Arabia, with hundreds of attendees per session, all of who were very excited to take part. We are sure to see the same interest from Oman.” 
The Challenge 22 roadshow continues with four sessions in Muscat, between Tawasul Global Connection Center, Knowledge Oman and Sharakah. 
Al Nuaimi added: “We are delighted to be here in Muscat and to work with our three partners on the information sessions. This is a great opportunity to reach out to the innovators and the brightest minds in the country to encourage them to apply.”
Challenge 22 Ambassadors Mohammed Saeed Harib, founder of Lammatra Production and creator of Freej, Mohammed Saadon Al Kuwari, popular sports TV presenter, and Areej Al Kharafi, Kuwaiti business entrepreneur, will continue their tour in the visit to Oman to talk about their involvement with the initiative.
Reflecting on her experience with Challenge 22 so far, Al Kharafi said: “I am blown away by the amount of interest I’ve seen. I think what’s different about the initiative is that it’s an opportunity for people in the GCC to share their ideas.  We’d like to encourage more people to attend and find out how they can be part of Challenge 22.”
Meanwhile, Al Kuwari  pointed out: “This initiative stays true to the promise that was made during Qatar’s bid for the World Cup that this will be a regional tournament, and we are eager to see regional submissions for this innovation award. This will prove a lasting legacy past 2022.”
Challenge 22 is seeking residents and applicants from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with solution- based proposals related to three key themes that address challenges faced by Qatar and the world, when hosting major sports events. 
The three themes for the inaugural launch of the award are Sustainability, Event Experience, and Sports and Health. Successful applicants have the opportunity to win a cash prize of USD $20,000 during Phase 1 of the competition and a grant to further develop their idea into a proof of concept during Phase 2 of the competition.
Initiated by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), Silatech and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), Challenge 22 is an innovation award that was borne out of a desire to celebrate the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ as a regional event. 
The Challenge 22 Roadshow commenced on 25 January 2015 in Kuwait and will conclude on 17February 2015 in the United Arab Emirates. The next stop on the Challenge 22 Roadshow will be in Bahrain for a two-day visit starting on 11 February. For a full schedule of Challenge 22 activities and for more information about the award, please visit www.challenge22.qa.
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