we got to know about ‘hackathon’. It is one of the many terms coined as a
result of modern technology. ‘Hackathon’ comes from two words ‘hack’ and ‘marathon’,
where ‘hack’ is used in the sense of exploratory programming. Hence, one of the
meanings of hackathon could be innovation competition. The general goal of a
hackathon is innovation, but innovation itself is not the end. The purpose of innovation
in the UAE is happiness of people, which is a top priority of the leadership.
this goal, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) organised the UAE
Hackathon under the theme ‘Data for Happiness’. This aligns with TRA’s role and
responsibility for digital transformation in the UAE federal government while
shedding light on the high value of open data. The UAE Hackathon aimed to
produce innovative solutions out of data for daily life challenges. TRA also aimed
to enhance innovation in the month of February, which was declared by the wise leadership
to be the month of innovation.
Hackathon achieved noticeable success. It gathered more than 780
participants, who participated in 176 teams. In addition, there were 213
volunteers, 58 mentors and 46 trainers. Participating teams produced more than
60 feasible creative ideas in different fields, to improve the standard of
living and bring happiness to people.
As the UAE
Hackathon achieved great success this year, TRA decided to organise the event
every year. The hackathon themes would be defined according to the trend
prevailing during the year in which it is organised. However, the goals of the
hackathon will remain the same. These goals include future shaping, handling
big data and developing solutions to contribute to the society’s happiness.
such as the UAE Hackathon, aim to enhance cooperation between the country and
the society to produce creative ideas and solutions. The UAE Hackathon proved
that the minds of the UAE citizens are mines rich in creative ideas
contributing to the future revolution. With governmental support, it is
possible to implement such ideas and solutions and make people happy. Many
societies all over the world do not have such advantage.