FAQs

What are the requirements for registering for the UAE Hackathon?

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.

Can I apply individually or must I apply with a team?

You can apply individually or with a team.

Must I participate in a co-ed 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.

Will there be additional activities aside from training and hacking?

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

Will the recreational activities be co-ed?

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

Is participation in the hackathon limited to citizens and residents?

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

Should the solution be an idea or a final, usable product?

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

How long will be the UAE hackathon?

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

What is the timing of the hackathons?

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

Is it allowed for participants to go home at the end of the day?

Yes, participants should plan to go home. Teams often continue to work into the night, but work can be organised 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.

I know that six hackathons will be organised in the seven emirates. Am I required to attend all hackathons in all the emirates?

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

Can I participate in the hackathons with different teams in different emirates?

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

Who are the organisers and partners of the UAE Hackathon?

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the UAE Government is the primary organiser. Partners include the hosting organisations and other consulting organization. These include: Zayed University, University of Sharjah, Khalifa University, Ajman University, Ajman University at Fujairah Campus, Richard Kerby LLC, and Open Data Collaboratives.

Do I need to bring my laptop with me?

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.

How long will be the UAE hackathon?

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

Do hackathon organisers provide transportation to the hackathon venue?

No transportation is provided.

Do hackathon organisers provide snacks at the hackathon venue?

Yes, meals, snacks and beverages are provided.

What to wear during participation in the hackathon?

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

How long will be the UAE hackathon?

We encourage you to be comfortable. Visit the venue information for the specific hackathon you are interested in, for further clarification.

Can participants take rest or sleep during the hackathon?

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.

How many teams will participate in each hackathon?

This depends on the number of participants, but we expect 15 to 25 teams per hackathon with 4-6 persons per team.

How many members are required in each team?

Successful teams will most likely have about 4 to 6 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.

How are teams built up and team members selected? Are members free to form teams by themselves? Will organisers select members to build up teams?

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 organisers will help to form teams. During registration note your topics of interest and other information, and we will match you to a team.

What is the judging criteria for winners?

This depends on the number of participants, but we expect 15 to 25 teams per hackathon with 4-6 persons per team.

What is the judging criteria for winners?

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.

Can I participate online from outside the UAE?

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.

When will the results be declared?

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 4 March 2018.

When will the prizes be awarded?

Prizes will be awarded during the events and at International Open Data Day, 4 March 2018.

What prizes will the winners get?

Winners will receive valuable prizes, to be announced later.

Will certificates or other opportunities be provided to all participants?

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.

Will government offices or NGOs adopt the developed products?

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the UAE Government will endeavour to match the developed products to the ministries or organisations most interested in these. It is hoped that some of the developed products will be adopted or helped to mature into operational products.

Do the winning team members have the intellectual property rights on the developed product?

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.

Do I need to know how to code or have a technical skill to participate?

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

Will the trainings and the event be conducted in Arabic?

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

I have a specific condition that requires special care. Will I be able to participate?

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

As a team member, can I come for part of the event?

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.

Can I come just to observe?

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.