The Computer Science Department Hosts Mr. Bashar Alostad
Kuwait City, 20 April 2021: The Computer Science Department at GUST hosted Mr. Bashar Alostad the Head of Partnerships at Zyda, an e-commerce SaaS platform. The seminar took place on Microsoft Teams on April 5th and was targeted at Computer Science students, attending CSC404- an Introduction to E-commerce course. The seminar was an hour-long with Mr. Bashar sharing his experience with Zyda during the pandemic, followed by a Q&A session.
Zyda is an e-commerce SaaS platform that helps restaurants create an online presence. They take restaurants with little to no online presence, and help them adapt, thereby allowing them to succeed during the pandemic. Mr. Alostad explained that restaurants could launch their website with Zyda within 24 hours with no commission taken. As a result of this model, Zyda went from launching 30 restaurant websites in 2018 to 2000 for all of Kuwait, the GCC, and Egypt in 2020. This has led to the overall growth and profit of many restaurants who have linked their social media accounts with their websites allowing for a larger audience to be reached. Mr. Alostad also explained that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, online food delivery in the region was limited to a certain number of platforms that took large commissions. Zyda’s benefited from the implementation of curfews and lockdowns, which allowed for more restaurants to subscribe to them.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Dr. Israa Hussein, said “Having someone of Mr. Bashar Alostad’s stature come speak is an honor. He has achieved so much as Head of partnerships at Zyda, and we are grateful to have him share his experience with us. Our students will see the real life outcomes of working in e-commerce and how it is a leading and vital industry not just during the global pandemic but in the coming years as well.”
The talk was titled “COVID-19’s Effect on E-commerce in Kuwait” putting an emphasis on how a Kuwaiti e-commerce startup has succeeded from a technical and business perspective due to the global pandemic. Students of the CSC404 class attended the seminar as an opportunity to learn from real life stories such as Zyda. More importantly, giving students vital access to key individuals like Mr. Bashar Alostad and his knowledge, enrichening their learning experience.