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Seventh Edition of UAE Hackathon Continues in Sharjah & Dubai

Prizes worth AED 329,000 are up for grabs across various different categories of innovators and entrepreneurs.

Patrick Davies

Seventh Edition of UAE Hackathon Continues in Sharjah & Dubai

The seventh edition of the UAE Hackathon is set to continue in Sharjah and Dubai from March 4th, having begun in Abu Dhabi on February 26th. Organised by the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), the event is the largest of its kind in the UAE in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship amongst the country’s young population. This year’s event is held under the slogan ‘Today’s Challenges…Tomorrow’s Solutions’.

This year’s UAE Hackathon is structured into three tracks. ‘Idea Hackathon’ welcomes students from all participating emirates to showcase their ideas. The second track, ‘Solution Hackathon’, invites government employees, innovators, and entrepreneurs to collaboratively explore practical solutions for diverse challenges. ‘Gov Innovators’, the third track, is exclusively designed for federal government employees, aiming to inspire participants to contribute ideas for enhancing government services and applications.

Hackathon activities spanned from February 26th to the 29th, across Abu Dhabi, Umm Al Qaiwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. The journey continues with the Sharjah and Ajman Hackathon at the Higher Colleges of Technology Sharjah on March 4th and the 5th, concluding with the Dubai Hackathon on March 6th and the 7th at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai.

Winners of each regional Hackathon event, who put forward prize-worthy ideas and innovations, will enter into virtual orientation workshops from March 12th to April 12th. Overall winners will be revealed during the UAE Hackathon conference, scheduled to coincide with World Innovation Day on April 23rd. Prizes worth AED 329,000 are up for grabs across four main categories; Rising Stars, Pioneers, Entrepreneurs and Gov Innovators. Each category careers to different age and profession categories, from school age all the way to government employees.

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