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UAE Hackathon, at a glance

Viewed as the largest data event at the national level, the UAE Hackathon comprises a number of events/hackathons which will take place at specific locations throughout the seven emirates. The UAE Hackathon reflects the efforts of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) to disseminate the culture of digital transformation in the country. This project provides an opportunity to different sections of the community including university and high school students, entrepreneurs, employed people and IT experts to use open data as a tool for coming up with solutions based on specific themes and challenges listed for the hackathon.

Grounds for starting out hackathons

The UAE is pursuing an active role in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, primarily, artificial intelligence and smart city. It is widely known that data has become one of the most important features of the digital era, and the focus on data in terms of understanding, analysis and employment has become one of the most important highlights in the transformation towards a digital/knowledge economy.

In view of this, the wise leadership of the UAE launched the Fourth Industrial Revolution Strategy, the National Innovation Strategy, and other national plans that form part of the mechanisms of making the future.

The UAE Hackathon is an integral part of these national trends, and it aims to draw attention to the high value of data and the solutions inherent within it when dealing with daily challenges with regard to the economic, social, environmental and scientific aspects of life.

UAE Hackathon organiser

UAE Hackathon is part of the innovative initiatives launched by Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). Telecommunications Regulatory Authority launched this hackathon as part of its role towards the community and its responsibility to push forward the digital transformation at the federal level.

Participating entities

Several government entities are participating in the UAE Hackathon. This includes the local eGovernments of the UAE, a number of federal government entities and the private sector. A detailed list of the participating parties will be announced on the webpage of the UAE Hackathon.

Hackathon themes

The UAE Hackathon revolves around several challenges, which include:

  • Transportation and traffic congestion
  • Health and safety
  • Sustainable development (post-oil age)
  • Environment protection
  • Education
  • Gender balance

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Several government entities are participating in the UAE Hackathon. This includes the local eGovernments of the UAE, a number of federal government entities and the private sector