AlephZero, a layer 1 blockchain that allows the deployment of Web3 applications quickly, securely and at low cost has collaborated with Saudi Telecom Company, STC global Venture capitalist as well as T-Mobile, for its upcoming Hackathon called CTRL+Hack+ZK. The Hackathon will start on January 10th 2024 until January 31st 2024.

The winners of the Hackathon will receive up to $75k bounties and up to $500k EFP funding.

CTRL + HACK + ZK is the premier hacking event for Aleph Zero, the highly scalable blockchain platform with blazing speed and state-of-the-art privacy engine. The Hackathon will include 3-week journey of workshops, educational programming, and hands-on mentorship with the core dev team and ecosystem partners.

There are various tracks one of them is the Telco track which will challenge participants to redefine the future of telecommunications using Aleph Zero’s cutting-edge features by optimizing infrastructure or even creating new services.

Another track is the DiD track which explores identity-related solutions such as AZERO.ID, leveraging Aleph Zero’s native privacy stack to enable secure and decentralized identity management. Also included in the Hackathon is the  Tooling track which focuses on developing applications, node providers, libraries, and tools that enhance the developer experience and ecosystem around Aleph Zero, and finally the gaming track for building gaming solutions such as in-game items as NFTs smart contract templates for payouts and collectibles, or indexers for gaming data, the possibilities are endless. 

The Final track is DeFi where developers are encouraged to leverage its robust infrastructure and create unique financial solutions that help expand the ecosystem’s functionality.

Saudi Arabia has shown interest in developing CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currencies) as well as utilization of blockchain for tokenization projects. The collaboration of Saudi’s telecom conglomerate STC is another reflection of the Kingdom’s interest in Blockchain and its solutions.

The Saudi Islamic Development Bank Institute (IsDBI) is working to patent a Blockchain system for smart stabilization for CBDCs and digital assets after receiving a positive evaluation for its Blockchain smart stabilization system patent

KSA born Nuqtah NFT marketplace has signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Saudi Telecom group (STC) to tokenize photographs from stc’s Sarha project and mint them in the form of non-fungible assets exclusively on the Nuqtah NFT marketplace.

As per the blog, STC is committed to delivering the best customers experience through its advanced technology and innovative solutions.

Sarha, the world’s first content-generating camel, is set to take its viewers on a journey of discovery. The camel travelled around Saudi Arabia in tandem with the most skilled photographers, capturing stunning images and videos that will be shared with the world.

Sarha’s journey will take its viewers further than ever before with the broadest network and widest coverage. This unique project provided by stc  has be used to create amazing experiences for people all over the world.

As such Nuqtah and stc have come together to create a unique collaboration that will bring the world of photography and blockchain technology together. Through this collaboration, Nuqtah will be creating Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) from photographs taken by stc.

This Memorandum of Understanding was signed on the main stage at the Leap 2023 Tech Forum in the capital, Riyadh, KSA. 

Salwa Radwi, Founder of Nuqtah NFT on LinkedIn stated, “At Nuqtah, we are proud to be the first blockchain and Web3 Company in Saudi Arabia to gain this amount of trust and approval from public and private bodies on a national and international scale.”

stc Bahrain has become the first telecom operator in Bahrain to accept cryptocurrencies through its partnership with Eazy Financial Services, a leading Bahraini Payment Services provider specializing in POS and online payment gateway. EazyPay uses BinancePay and wallet to offer this service to more than 5000 POS terminals in Bahrain. 

The collaboration with Eazy Financial Services is a strategic step from stc Bahrain towards expanding the payment options with the future of currency to address the increasing demand for flexible and easy-to-use crypto payments. 

stc Bahrain CEO Nezar Banabeela, stated, “Rapid digitization across the globe is transforming all aspects of our lives, and payments are the most crucial element. From online shopping and streaming videos to money transfers, almost every digital activity relies on a payment system. We are incredibly proud to be the first telecom operator in Bahrain to accept cryptocurrency payments, a demonstration of our strong focus on advancing Bahrain’s fintech sector as world-class digital enablers. We continue to leverage the potential of the digital economy, which is limitless, make accepting crypto a seamless process and increase adoption as crypto is the future of payments.”

Nayef Tawfiq Al Alawi, Founder & CEO of Eazy Financial Services, added,”  We are very proud today to become the partners of STC Bahrain, The world-class digital enabler. This Partnership enables stc Bahrain to be the first telecom operator in the Kingdom to accept cryptocurrency payments in a regulated, secure and extremely fast manner. The benefits of bringing in EazyPay to STC Bahrain will ensure simple and effective transaction journeys for customers, with a partner which is able to ensure first-class service.” 

While, Tameem Al Moosawi, General Manager at Binance Bahrain, said:  “stc is known to be at the forefront of technology and innovation and, with this partnership, has set the benchmark for how telecom operators can enable the transition to the Web3 economy by accepting crypto payments. We are excited to be collaborating in this space to streamline services for customers and is once again a testament to Bahrain’s progressive regulatory framework and banking structure” 

tAt the same time Bahrain Kuwait Insurance Co (GIG Bahrain) has signed a payment services agreement with Eazy Financial Services ‘EazyPay’, Bahrain’s leading and most innovative payment services provider to allow for crypto payments  via ‘Binance App’, which is regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain, making GIG Bahrain the first insurance company in the Mena region to accept premium payments as crypto assets payments in  regulated, secure and extremely fast manner.