FAQs

It’s one of the largest competitive events encouraging innovation in the UAE. It motivates and inspires entrepreneurs, creative thinkers and innovators to shape the future by solving pressing technical challenges that could face different government or public entities and organizations the UAE, using open data available on the UAE official Open Data Portal (Bayanat.ae) as a tool to come up with innovative solutions.

The UAE Hackathon is part of the innovative initiatives launched byThe Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) with the support of the Ministry of Community Development represented by the National Program for Happiness and Wellbeing. Several government agencies participate in the UAE Hackathon. This includes local digital and electronic governments, a number of federal and local government agencies, and the private sector.

Due to COVID-19 precautionary measures, this version of the UAE Hackathon will be an online version to provide innovators from all over the country the opportunity to participate in identifying innovative solutions for different technical challenges.

An online hackathon is a competitive online event in which a team of participants and subject matter experts gather online and collaborate to create solutions for a specific problem within a defined time frame. In the UAE online hackathon, all participants are remotely connected. Irrespective of their location, they can participate and demonstrate their skills online through the UAE Hackathon website, Zoom app, and Slack app.

No. It’s one online Hackathon for all the 7 emirates.

Anyone residing in the UAE and having a valid Emirates ID can participate in the UAE Hackathon. Registration is open for all the UAE citizens from students, makers, employees, entrepreneurs, creators, and any citizen has the ability to innovate and develop creative flexible ideas. Participants should join one of these tracks according to their qualifications: School Students, University Students, and Startups & Entrepreneurs.

Yes. This year we divided the participants into 3 tracks, but that does not preclude that anyone residing in the UAE and having a valid Emirates ID can participate in the UAE Hackathon. While registration, participants should choose one of these tracks: School Students, University Students, or Startups & Entrepreneurs.

School Students Track: for students who are between 11 to 18 years old who haven't enrolled in university. University Students Track: for students who are between 18 to 25 years old or slightly older who don't have long-term work experience yet. Startups Track: for participants who have work experience in a specific field or a start-up in the launching stage.

Feb 9: Registration opens / Feb 9 - 23: Training & mentorship / Feb 26: Idea submission / Feb 28 - Mar 2: Judging Phase / Mar 4: Winners Announcement / Mar 7: Closing ceremony

Participation in teams is open to those having a valid Emirates ID.

No, unfortunately we will not be offering online participation or training for team members based outside of the UAE.

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.

No specific technical skills needed. If you would like to attend technical training, these will be available during the hackathon.

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 we will connect you with a team looking for members.

Visit the Hackathon website then click on register. Select the track you belong to from the following: School Students, University Students, or Startups & Entrepreneurs. Select the theme that you are interested in. Select the challenge that you will work on its solution. Fill your information, and sign in to use the Hackathon platform.

You can register either in English or Arabic.

Yes. You have to choose one of the themes and apply to it.

In the UAE Hackathon, we have adopted 7 main themes of the UAE Centennial 2071 themes, intersecting with the emerging technology fields which are most widely used in the country: 1- Agile & Proactive Digital Government 2- Better Financial Services using FinTech 3- Resilience of Digital Economy & Investment 4- Shaping Smart Sustainable Cities 5- Innovative World-Class Knowledge & Skills 6- Happy & Cohesive Society 7- Communication in the Digital Age

The Hackathon’s themes are intersecting with several fields of the emerging technologies, as follows: 1- Internet of Things 2- Big Data & Data Analysis 3- Artificial Intelligence 4- Blockchain 5- Metaverse 6- Augmented Reality 7- 3D/4D Printings, & Other Trending Technologies

You can apply individually or with a team. However, it is highly recommended to join as a team.

Yes. Submission is editable, you can edit or resubmit your data.

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

It’ll be announced soon. Keep following our social media channels to know.

At the Registration phase, you should read the challenges well, choose one, and work on the idea with your team. During the Mentorship & Training phase, you should choose a suitable quiet place to attend the session, prepare your laptop, and prepare your papers and pens. If you are going to attend the sessions with all your team members from one room, you should follow the Coronavirus social distancing rules.

As the working hours and the participants' time are one of our concerns, the time of participation is 4 to 6 hour per day divided on online and recorded sessions.

Yes. There will be technology sessions and business sessions presented by various mentors at the technology fields as well as business experts, in addition to international experts and influencers in these technology and business areas.

This depends on the track: For School Students track, a well-defined idea or blueprint concept would be acceptable. For University Students track, we expect students to have a low-fidelity prototype. For Startups track, we expect participants to have a high-fidelity prototype.

At the end of the 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 the closing ceremony on March 3.

Prizes will be awarded during the closing ceremony on March 3.

Winners will receive valuable prizes, as follows: School Students Track: 1st Place: 15,000 AED, 2nd Place: 10,000 AED, 3rd Place: 5,000 AED / University Students Track: 1st Place: 25,000 AED, 2nd Place: 15,000 AED, 3rd Place: 10,000 AED / Startups Track: 1st Place: 50,000 AED, 2nd Place: 30,000 AED, 3rd Place: 20,000 AED.

All participants will receive a certificate celebrating their contribution. A selected number of participants will receive an internship from the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA). While the winners will receive a support program for the value of the award in the incubation and support centers that have been agreed upon.

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 licenses 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 license.

After registering your team and choosing the challenge you want, the links of mentorship sessions will be available on the website and you will receive an email before each mentorship session. The sessions will be aired on Zoom and Slack apps.

If you faced any problem, you you can contact us through our email hackathon@tdra.gov.ae

Each track will have a different judging panel appropriate to the nature of the track participants, their qualifications and the level of expected results. Projects will be evaluated according to 5 elements, which identify the best innovative idea that can be transformed into a start-up project: 15% Data Utilization & Data for Happiness / 15% Solution Quality & Usability (UX/UI) / 20% Innovation & Creativity / 20% Technology Usage & Maturity / 30% Benefits & Impact

The UAE Hackathon doesn’t own the ideas, but it should be noted that it isn’t possible to protect any idea in itself, only the successful implementation of your idea ensures that it will not be stolen or applied by others.