Purpose of the UAE Hackathon

Under its motto 'Data for Happiness', the UAE Hackathon aims to use data to develop innovative solutions and ideas that contribute to the happiness of the community.

Why "Data for Happiness"?

The wise leadership of the UAE places community happiness at the forefront of its objectives, which are embodied in the government's strategies and plans.

Who can participate in the hackathon?

Anyone residing in the UAE and having a valid Emirates ID can participate in the UAE Hackathon. check Roles & Responsibilities

Why UAE Hackathon?

Recently, there have been significant advances in several fields in the UAE. H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and H. H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, drew the roadmap to achieve the "UAE Centennial Plan 2071". They held annual meetings to set a development framework for the next fifty years for the UAE. In this context, the wise leadership of the UAE launched the Fourth Industrial Revolution Strategy and the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence.

At the international level, the Fourth Industrial Revolution has gained great resonance, as reflected in several conferences, studies and efforts exerted to expect and shape the future.

There is one common word among the ramifications the fourth industrial revolution; it is DATA. Data is the pivot around which all significant technological changes revolve. It is the clue to the success of smart city, artificial intelligence, eParticipation, etc. and the solution to achieve happiness in society in the age of technological transformations.

Most studies on the future of jobs and market under the fourth industrial revolution agree that jobs related to data analysis will be required significantly during the next few years. Hence, the UAE Hackathon was organized with the motto "Data for Happiness".

The UAE Hackathon is an opportunity for free competition by the ambitious people who have the desire and spirit of innovation. Participants will study and analyze the datasets to produce solutions for challenges people face in transportation, health, sustainable development, environment, education, and gender balance.

I would like to welcome the UAE Hackathon contestants and thank the Hackathon team for their efforts in organizing this event. I would also like to extend warm greetings to the academic, government and private entities, which are participating in this big national project. I wish you success in achieving your goals for our great country.


The goal of the hackathon series is to find creative ways to further happiness, using data. We have identified eight key areas and themes, any of these and more may be used to serve the goal of Data for Happiness

Transportation and traffic congestion

The UAE Government is looking at easing transportation and traffic congestion at peak hours to save public time and fuel.

Health and safety

World-class healthcare system and safety are amongst the main aims of Vision 2021. Hence, the hackathon seeks to obtain solutions in this field.

Sustainable development (post-oil age)

The hackathon aims to develop solutions for the UAE’s sustainable development, relying on innovation and data analysis.

Enhancement of Social Relations in the UAE Community

The people of the UAE are known globally for their generosity and commitment to social good and we seek to support growing social relations in the home, communities, and across the world

Environment protection

Mitigating climate change and protecting the environment have never been this urgent. Innovative solutions can make this humungous task achievable.


Education was, and remains to be, pivotal for building the capacity of the UAE nationals and enabling them to participate in making the bright future for their country.

Gender Balance

The UAE leads in gender balance and aims to further its position globally by ensuring that Emirati women continue to play a leading role in the development of the UAE.

Enhancement of Lifestyle in the UAE

Quality of life in the UAE is a consideration of all of life: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness