Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, 25 February 2019: The American University of Ras Al Khaimah’s (AURAK), in collaboration with Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), organized “Hackathon 2.0 UAE” to develop innovative solutions and ideas to contribute to lifestyle development in UAE communities.
The UAE Hackathon is comprised of a number of hackathons, taking place in locations throughout the seven emirates, and reflects the efforts of TRA to disseminate the culture of digital transformation, providing an opportunity for different community members to use open data for finding solutions to specific challenges. The challenges center around trending technology, environment, sustainability data, security and safety, health, employment, education, social development, justice, and enhancement of lifestyle and social relations in the UAE.
The AURAK Hackathon 2.0 UAE event lasted for three days. The event commenced with speeches from TRA’s Deputy General Manager for Smart Government Sector, Salem Al Housani, AURAK’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success and Provost, Professor Stephen Wilhite, RAK eGovernment’s Lead of Innovation and Future Shaping, Amna Al Shehhi, and Senior Data Analyst, Latifa Al Shehhi.
Trainings were conducted for participants by Microsoft, RAK Government, and FCSA, over topics such as Intellectual Property, The Autonomous World, Knowledge and Business Modeling, and Idea Pitch and Team Building. On the second day, the teams hacked away at their challenges, and on day three, the teams pitched their solutions to judges. The top ten teams were selected, one among them from AURAK. The top three teams will be announced at the Hackathon 2.0 event held on March 3, in Dubai.