You may have heard of the Haj Hackathon by now, the 36-hour event that is starting from today (Wednesday).
The three-day hackathon will take place in the Kingdom- also making it the largest one in the Middle East.
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— Saudi Embassy ZA (@KSAembassyza) August 1, 2018
So, what is a hackathon?
A hackathon is usually a themed event for techie entrepreneurs, innovators, developers and designers to create ideas for the specified theme.
In the past, hackathons have created projects for specific problems, such as food sustainability or returning citizens.
The Haj Hackathon aims to enrich the Haj experience for pilgrims
The Haj Hackathon aims to cultivate ideas from the innovations of its participants’ projects and help enrich the Haj experience for pilgrims.
According to Saudi Gazette, the hackathon is expected to receive 3,000 developers from the MENA region. Prizes valued at SAR 2,000,000 will be awarded to the top three participants of whose ideas can be turned into businesses. And an additional SAR 150,000 will be awarded as an ‘excellence’ prize.
Developers, techies and attendees are already prompt and excited for the first day!
— Abdelrahman Ibrahim (@IAboEyad) August 1, 2018
Even female programmers will be in attendance
— Noha (@Nohaalahmad989) August 1, 2018
Participants only have 36 hours to produce a completed app
What a challenge!
— Fahad Alhushan (@fahiiddi) August 1, 2018