The first phase of the Abu Dhabi Hackathon is underway, with 300 students, employees and business owners taking part in the event.
The Hackathon, which is organised by the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), is being held under the theme of ‘Data for Happiness and Quality of Life'. The three-day event will teach participants about data analysis tools, data presentation tools, data concepts, how to work with UAE government data, and advanced geospatial data.
The competition includes set challenges to utilise government data to create solutions in areas including food security, civil defence, disease control, as well as justice, community relations and enhancing lifestyle in the UAE.
The teams will have two days to develop their projects, with judging on the third day by a panel of experts, academics and officials.
Ideas will be judged on factors including the feasibility of the solution or project, its applicability on the ground and its reliance on real data from the available government data platform
HE Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, TRA Director General, commented: "The UAE Hackathon coincides with the Month of Innovation, in a clear message that the UAE seeks to be among the most innovative countries in the world, in line with UAE Vision 2021 and the National Agenda, as well as by looking ahead, strengthening national competencies in a competitive environment driven by like-mindedness, teamwork and developing creative ideas to tackle the challenges.
"The key defining feature that sets the Hackathon apart is that it embodies partnership and concerted effort between the government, academia, companies and members of society, reflecting a positive image of the digital city community in the ever-expanding data age."
Salem Al Housani, Acting Deputy Director General of the mGovernment Sector, added: "Countries in today's world are progressing due to including all segments of society in the building and development process and in providing insights, ideas and future solutions. This is exactly the objective of UAE Hackathon 2019 (Data for Happiness and Quality of Life), where it aims to attract the interested and experts in data analysis, to come up with ideas and solutions to specific challenges through the data provided by government entities."
The hackathon series is taking place as part of Innovation Week, and will include the Sharjah Hackathon on 10-12th February, Ajman on 11-13th, and Umm Al Quwain on 12-14th. The UAE hackathon will also launch in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah from February 19 to 21st. This year, the UAE Hackathon will be held in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain independently of the Emirate of Ajman. The fourth week will see the Dubai Hackathon, which kicks off on February 24th until February 26th. While the closing ceremony of UAE Hackathon will take place on March 3rd, in conjunction with the International Open Data Day, where the top 3 winners in each emirate will be honoured.