Three Aramco employees achieved a first place finish in the Absher Hackathon, which was held on Oct. 9-10 by the Ministry of Interior (MOI).
The Hackathon strived to empower young talents in employing recent technologies to improve MOI services. Highlighted technologies included artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data, drones, and Blockchain.
The recognized Aramco team included Hussain A. Alaidarous, an IT systems analyst from the Area Information Technology Department (AITD), Faisal A. Julaidan, a computer operating system specialist from the Computer Operations Department (COD), and Yasir M. Ghunaim, an engineer from the Process and Control Systems Department (P&CSD).
The winning team implemented a proof of concept solution using Blockchain technology that allows citizens to share their digital identity with third parties securely and privately. The Ministry had been looking for better ways to share an individual’s identity information, enhancing the protection of individuals from identity theft and possible blackmailing. This solution maintains data integrity while enabling citizens to share selective information with third parties via the Absher application and thereby prevent the leakage of unsolicited data.
The award was presented by the Deputy Minister of the Interior, HE Dr. Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Daoud, and HRH Prince Bandar bin Abdullah Al Mishari, Assistant Minister of Interior for Technology Affairs.