Saudi Arabia is introducing its first ever Hajj Hackathon, which would be starting from the 1st of August this year and would be concluding on the 3rd of August 2018. The event would be of thirty-six hours and would be the largest ever hackathon ever held in the Kingdom.

The hackathon is being organized to identify the technological solution to the issues faced during Hajj.

The Hackathon would be held in August in Jeddah and it is being ventured that three thousand developers would be registered for this challenge.

The Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones have collaborated with Google and Egypt’s RiseUp for organizing the event. This is the first time that the Kingdom has looked up for technological creators to improve the experience of pilgrims in the Holy Cities.

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The Hajj Hackathon is inviting the prominent programmers and professionals of the tech field from across the world to influence technology and innovation for streamlining the process of pilgrimage and improving the experience of pilgrims.

Muslims across the world are aware that Hajj pilgrimage is performed throughout the various cities and involves a lot of moving and logistics issues. The participant of the hackathon would provide solutions to problems related to:

  • Transportation, travel and accommodation arrangements,
  • Food and beverage,
  • Waste management,
  • Housing and communication solutions,
  • Crowd management and traffic control

The Hajj Hackathon is also offering prizes for the top three winners. They would get free tickets to the Google IO Developers Conference which would be organized next year, and RiseUp Summit scheduled this year. Additionally, the winners would get a Google Home Mini with Google Assistant built in and Google Cloud credit.

The top ten teams would get Google Home Mini with Google Assistant built in and the Top twenty would be receiving the Google cloud credit.

The winner would be gifted a grand prize which consists of one million Saudi Riyals for fifteen per cent equity investment. The runner-up would get five lac Saudi Riyals with ten per cent equity investment and the second runner would be awarded with three lacs fifty thousand Saudi Riyal for seven per cent equity investment.

The judging criteria for the submissions done by the participants would be:

  1. Design
  2. Simplicity
  3. Creativity
  4. Impact

Hajj Hackathon would be held at the Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Centre. The webinar would occur on the 31st of July.

For participating in the hackathon, one could apply here. The event organizers would be arranging the flights, accommodation and visas for the ideas shortlisted for participation in the Hackathon.

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