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The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority honors winners of UAE Hackathon 2021

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority celebrated the winning teams in the 4th UAE Hackathon 2021 “Data for Happiness & Wellbeing”, supported by the Ministry of Community Development. The ceremony was held virtually in the presence of Her Excellency Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, and His Excellency Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, during which names of the first-place winning teams in the seven Emirates Hackathons were announced.

The CommunoHealth app from Ras al-Khaimah Hackathon won the grand prize. While SmartCity, Shield, Touchless, Up-Skillers, R.I.C.E and Madrasati came first in each respective Emirate for providing innovative solutions and smart ideas to challenges in line with UAE’s future trends in promoting digital transformation and creating a stimulating environment for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) tools.

On this occasion, Her Excellency Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development stressed that UAE Hackathon poses a strategic knowledge and development challenge, stimulating competition at the community scale and within the open data framework in order to spread happiness and wellbeing in all UAE . Her Excellency added that the past weeks of this challenge have been full of meetings and seminars introducing the Hackathon, training and mentoring, and motivation to present finest projects and ideas to jointly overcome a set of challenges to reach the best possible achievement for leading the future towards UAE Centennial 2071, with best practices that enhance the quality of smart government services.

Her Excellency added: This Hackathon embodies cooperation, solidarity and eagerness of the community to achieve a goal pursued by UAE’s leadership and government to have a creative and productive digital world within a safe and positive digital community. Such is the vision of the National Policy for Digital Wellbeing. Her Excellency further added: The developmental themes identified by the Hackathon to stimulate creativity with technical and intelligent solutions are a roadmap for achieving goals and aspirations and overcoming set challenges. Most notably of which are: documenting the success achieved over the past 50 years, introducing and promoting digital government services in a more interactive way, facilitating services for people of determination with quality applications, developing smart systems to measure productivity and enhance government performance, developing digital healthcare platforms, enhancing the quality of online diagnosis, developing mechanisms to contain family conflict and divorce cases, achieving the highest levels of happiness and positivity in security jobs, achieving digital safety for children, as well as other important challenges in the environment, education, roads, transportation, and the like.

For his part, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, praised the fourth edition of UAE Hackathon, which was completely organized virtually, noting that the Hackathon has become a meeting place for competing ideas, creative minds, and an occasion anticipated by motivated youth to prove that the age we live in is the age of creativity and innovation. His Excellency added: “This year’s edition has been truly exceptional, as it was entirely done under a digital environment from the initial preparations, down to the ceremony we are at right now. Just as the UAE has passed the test of distance learning and remote working, among others, today it is presenting an example of remote innovation, where the virtual Hackathon is a model of continuity of life in light of the pandemic and post-pandemic.”

His Excellency thanked all those who contributed to the success of this major creative forum, saying: “With all your efforts, UAE Hackathon has become a bright point on the path of local and regional creativity. It now has people who await it year after year, and prepare for the same with ideas and plans. What confirms the success of this annual event is the significant number of ideas from its previous sessions that have been turned into projects implemented by a group of government and non-governmental entities.

Announcing Hackathon Winners

The ceremony saw the announcement of winning teams that provided the best innovative creative solutions, with the grand prize being awarded to the CommunoHealth app project from Ras Al Khaimah Hackathon which is based on developing digital healthcare platforms and enhancing the quality of online diagnostic services.

The top place projects in each emirate were also announced. In Abu Dhabi, it was the “Smart City” project, which introduced the idea of a predictive model using a data platform. In Dubai, it was the “Shield” project, which gives ideas for child digital safety.

In Sharjah, it was Team Touchless, which presented a project to use open data to support policymakers in times of pandemics and epidemics such as COVID-19 by developing apps. In Ajman, it was Team Up-Skillers, where they came up with an idea for developing intelligent systems to measure productivity and enhance government performance.

Team “R.I.C.E” achieved first place in Umm Al Quwain Hackathon, with an idea based on converting food waste into bioplastic, with the aim of promoting green growth and transition towards a circular economy. In Fujairah Hackathon, team “Madrasati” won first place, with the idea of developing the distance learning digital experience among students and increasing the percentage of their interaction through the digital educational process.

330 teams.. 11 challenges

UAE Hackathon "Data for Happiness and Wellbeing", in its 4th edition, witnessed a great turnout from various segments of UAE society across all emirates. Total number of participants in the UAE Hackathon 4.0 reached 2,240 participants, forming 330 teams, including 24 teams in Abu Dhabi, 47 teams in Dubai, 32 teams in Sharjah, 19 teams in Ajman, 20 teams in Umm Al Quwain, and 37 teams in Ras Al Khaimah. Fujairah witnessed the largest participation with 57 teams. The percentage of females reached 54.2% of the participants.

The teams worked on finding solutions to 49 challenges presented by 21 government entities centered on 11 themes: UAE's Golden Jubilee, Digital Transformation, Travel and Tourism, Financial Technology, Entertainment and E-Sports, World-Class Health System, Security, Safety and Justice, World-Class Education System, Environment and Climate Change, Smart Sustainable Cities, Work Efficiency and Productivity Development. In conclusion, the outcome was 100 inspiring ideas, and the ceremony saw the showcasing of these ideas in a virtual exhibition designed by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority specifically for this purpose.

The UAE Hackathon is the largest event of its kind at the national level. It reflects the efforts of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to spread the culture of digital transformation in the UAE. It provides the opportunity for various groups of society, including individuals, students, investors, employees, entrepreneurs and technology experts to use open data as a tool to develop creative solutions to challenges related to the UAE visions and strategies.