All that is required is that you are interested in understanding or using open data to help address a challenge related to one of the topics. You do not need specific technical skills to participate.

You can apply individually or with a team.

No. Most locations encourage diverse teams but all have the option for participants to apply with or request to join female/male segregated teams.

Yes. There will be a few recreational activities. Please see your specific site for schedule of activities.

Each site will offer female/male segregated activities and most will also offer activities that are integrated. Please see your specific site for details.

Participation in teams is open to those holding an Emirates ID.

Although prototypes of products are encouraged, a well-defined idea or blueprint concept would be acceptable as well.

Generally the days will begin at 8 am for registration and trainings. Hacking will run from 9am to 5pm.

Yes, participants should plan to go home. Teams often continue to work into the night, but work can be organized to be done from home. At least one team member must be present at the end of the hackathon to present the results, though we would prefer the entire team to be at the presentation.

No. Most people will most likely attend one event, but you are encouraged to attend as many as you like.

Yes, though you may not work on the same project at multiple sites.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the UAE Government is the primary organizer. Partners include the hosting organizations and other consulting organization.

All participants should bring their own laptops, and each team must ensure that they have the minimum number of devices needed for their work. If you do not have enough laptops, contact the event organizer for coordination.

Each of the hackathons will be three days. The day before the hackathon, technical training will be available for those who are interested. There will be seven events around the UAE and you are welcome to participate in the one most convenient for you.

Yes, meals, snacks and beverages are provided.

Yes, participants should plan to head home and in most locations, there will also be areas for rest. Locations have separate relaxation areas for men and women.

This depends on the number of participants, but we expect 15 to 25 teams per hackathon with 3-5 persons per team.

Successful teams will most likely have about 3 to 5 members, but you are welcome to contact us if you fall outside this range. If you do not have a team, please register and will we connect you with a team looking for members.

Participants are welcome to organise their own team in advance of the hackathon. Please recruit your friends and co-workers to join. If you do not have a team, or perhaps need some additional team members, the organizers will help to form teams. During registration note your topics of interest and other information, and we will match you to a team.

Specific criteria will be provided to registered participants in the week prior to the hackathon. Generally, the criteria will include the quality of use of current and potential UAE data, the likelihood of adoption of the product, the marketing strategy and plan for sustainable use of the product and the diversity of participants and/or advisors providing expertise to the team.

No, unfortunately we will not be offering online participation or training for team members based outside of the UAE. If you are a UAE resident and are not able to attend in person, you may join online provided at least one team member is available at the start and close to present your solution. Mentors are welcome to join online though they are encouraged to join in person if feasible.

At the end of each hackathon, the participants will present their ideas or prototypes and these presentations will be recorded. A jury of prestigious judges will evaluate the presentations and final selections will be announced at an event marking International Open Data Day on 3 March.

Prizes will be awarded during the events and at International Open Data Day, 3 March.

Winners will receive valuable prizes, to be announced later.

All participants will receive a certificate celebrating their contribution and a swag bag. All are welcome to apply for a select number of internships available from TRA.

Hackathons are meant for collaboration in a creative, open and transparent way to solve large challenges. As part of that, the work done in hackathons is generally provided openly and the quick timing precludes any lengthy legal procedures. We encourage teams to look at the Creative Commons licences if they are interested in retaining intellectual ownership or acknowledgement of their work. Most often, hackathon teams choose the CC By or CC By-SA licence.

No, specific technical skills are not needed. If you would like to attend technical training, these will be available the day before the hackathon.

No. Although many of our trainers will be able to provide additional guidance in Arabic, the primary language for the event is English.

We encourage diverse participation. Please contact us directly and we will do everything we can to ensure you are able to participate.

Yes, although someone from your team must be available to make the final presentation. Each team will determine the team’s membership and some of that may depend on each person’s contribution.

Yes, but we encourage you to participate! However, for those who would like to have exposure to a hackathon, but are not able to partner, are welcome to observe. All attendees must register.