FAQs

It’s one of the largest 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 Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE Government is the primary organizer. Partners include the hosting organizations and other consulting organizations and government entities. These include: Zayed University, Khalifa University, Ajman University, University of Science and Technology of Fujairah.

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.

Feb 3: Press conference & registration opens Feb 10: Registration ends Feb 11 - 18: Training & mentorship Feb 18: Idea submission Feb 21 - 25: Judging Phase Mar 6: 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, 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.

We prepared 10 areas covering various challenges and another special theme for 2021 as follows: UAE Golden Jubilee (the special theme for 2021) Digital Transformation - FinTech - Environment & Climate - Change Security, Safety, & Justice - Smart Sustainable Cities - Entertainment & E-sports - Travel & Tourism - World-Class Education - World-Class Healthcare - Work Efficiency & Productivity

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.

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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.

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

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 marking International Open Data Day on March 6.

Prizes will be awarded during the closing ceremony on the International Open Data Day, March 6.

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 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@tra.gov.ae

They will be announced soon and all the registered teams will be informed by email.