A Group Of Niqab-Clad Saudi Women Has Won First Place At The World's Largest Hackathon
Saudi Arabia’s Hajj Hackathon had one of the largest prize money on offer for a hackathon and the ones that bagged first place were an all-female group.
Social media went berserk following the announcement.
The total prize money on offer was SAR 2 Million.
The Saudi female group which won the first prize was awarded SAR 1 Million, the first runners-up were an Egyptian team “Mahfazat Hajj” who were awarded SAR 500,000 and the second runners-up was a group from Algeria “Hajj Walad” who were given SAR350,000 as a cash prize.
The winning idea of the Saudi team that won first place was a solution to the language barrier that pilgrims from around the world face. They introduced an application that is able to translate signboards to any language without requiring an internet connection.