The event began with keynote speeches by Microsoft, OITS and Tawasul representatives, who explained how NGOs (non-government organisatons) in Oman can benefit from technology in making a difference in their community.
The one-day workshop also featured a panel discussion on youth employability and entrepreneurship in which members of the National Committee for Youth participated.
Several training sessions were conducted by Microsoft and its technical partners - Exceed IT Training and Services, and LinkDev – to introduce the new Windows 8 and discuss information and communication-related topics. Three technologies - Windows 8, Dynamic CRM, a management tool, and LYNC, a communication tool - were introduced and their features explained to the audience.
“I am happy to see the level of participation. I think this is a way of establishing a good connection. Microsoft is very serious about its CSR (corporate social responsibility). We give a lot of free content and free training to several categories of people,” said Tareq Hijazi, country manager for Microsoft Bahrain and Oman.
“I think technology is a great way of reducing costs and also serves the purpose of networking, which is an added benefit for NGOs.”
Khalid al Safi al Haribi, co-founder of Tawasul, said institutions should be run for the benefit of people. “Today’s event signals a transformation in civil society. Giant companies like Microsoft are taking on social responsibilities. I believe an institution should focus on the public good, and this is a perfect instance where companies can contribute to society.” Representatives from almost 45 NGOs attended the event.