The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and the National Program for Happiness and Wellbeing celebrated the winners of the third edition of the UAE Hackathon “Data for happiness and wellbeing” in a “digital” ceremony held today, Tuesday, at the Ministry of Possibilities in Dubai, with the participation of H.E. Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing and the Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office, and H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General.
The “Bus” Project of Abu Dhabi won the grand prize, and the following teams achieved first place at their emirates: Team Fight for Right, AU EMP, Unicorn, Create and communicate. The winning teams provided innovative solutions and smart ideas for the Hackathon challenges, in line with the future strategies of the UAE in promoting digital transformation and creating a stimulating environment for Artificial Intelligence and Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Ohood Al Roumi: Motivating innovative people to create solutions that improve wellbeing
H.E. Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi highlighted that the UAE Hackathon "data for happiness and wellbeing", which is held for the third consecutive year, reflects the directions of the UAE Government to motivate thinkers and innovators among students in the country and enhances partnership with them in developing and creating digital and technological solutions that improve wellbeing.
H.E. Al Roumi said that the distinguished contributions of the Hackathon participants reflected their advanced technological skills, their understanding of the concept of wellbeing and its connection with various aspects of life in society.
Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing praised TRA’s efforts in organizing and supervising the hackathons that are considered important support for digital transformation efforts in the UAE. She congratulated the winning teams of the 3rd edition of the UAE Hackathon, wishing them more progress and innovative achievements in academic and professional life.
Hamad Al Mansoori: Preparing the young generation for the era of Artificial Intelligence and Fourth Industrial Revolution
H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, praised the great efforts of the Hackathon participants, expressing his appreciation for all the solutions and ideas generated by their creative efforts in a competition that lasted for 3 days in each emirate. H.E. Al Mansoori said: “This year, the UAE Hackathon coincides with the preparation towards the next 50, in implementation of our wise leadership directives. We start a journey of development for the next fifty years in all vital sectors, along with preparing to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the UAE in 2021. We consider the UAE Hackathon one of the smart strategies for future preparedness. It encourages data analysis and future foresight, prepares youth for the era of Artificial Intelligence and Fourth Industrial Revolution, and establishes future skills that focus on analysis, initiative, design, critical thinking, visualizing and solving complex problems.”
He emphasized that a “digital” closing ceremony of the Hackathon embodies the UAE’s digital transformation strategy, he said: “Our digital ceremony is a perfect example of the modern form of communication and conferences. With the application of 5G and the great development in the means of communication, we need to think of new ways to hold meetings and conferences to facilitate work, save costs, reduce road congestion and save time. In the UAE, we strive to be proactive in applying future technologies and to take the lead in adopting the latest solutions and technologies"
Announcing the UAE Hackathon winners
During the ceremony, the teams that provided the best innovative solutions have been announced. The grand prize went to an Abu Dhabi-based team for “the Bus” project. The project is based on a bus that employees use to commute to their workplace, fully equipped with necessary facilities such as computers and Internet to enable the employees to start their work before reaching office. In the Expo challenge, the winner is a Dubai-based team that presented the idea of a software that records and analyzes visitors’ data and experience and shares them in real time. It provides easy access for users and organizers to record the visitors' experience and satisfaction level along with behavioral analysis, and proposes recommendations.
Moreover, the projects that won first place in each emirate were announced. The first place for Abu Dhabi went to “Shams team”, which presented the idea of designing and manufacturing high-efficiency solar smart vehicles that work on solar energy by 100%. In Sharjah Hackathon, the first place went to “team fight for right”, which presented an application that raises children’s awareness of their rights. In Ajman Hackathon, the first place went to “AU EMP” team, which presented a special program for employing people of determination in the private sector, including training and providing job opportunities adequate to their capabilities. The “Create and communicate” team achieved the first place in Umm Al Quwain Hackathon, where it designed a mobile App that serves the deaf-mute people of determination, by translating the sign language into audio or script.
The team “Unicorn” achieved first place in Ras Al Khaimah Hackathon, presenting a program that helps in examining patients and relieving psychological and physical pain of routine checks, and provides the doctor with a better understanding of the patient's condition.
As for the Fujairah Hackathon, the first place went to “Team Alpha”, who presented the application (My Child), a smart application that focuses on maintaining the link between the mother and the newborn in the incubator.
350 teams … 10 challenges
The UAE Hackathon “data for happiness and wellbeing” received great turnout as participants joined the hackathons from all the emirates. The total number of participating teams reached 350, including 28 in Abu Dhabi, 72 in Dubai, 34 in Sharjah, 29 in Ajman, 52 in Umm al-Quwain, 38 in Ras al-Khaimah and 97 in Fujairah.
The ages of participants varied, and the percentage of female participation was noticeably high compared to male participation, reaching 59% of the participants. The data systems available for analysis reached 2154 compared to one thousand in the previous edition of the hackathon.
The participants competed to find innovative solutions to ten challenges: happiness and wellbeing, Expo 2020, smart sustainable cities, environment and climate change, world-class health care, digital transformation, safety and security, global education, sustainability and integrated infrastructure, investment in space. TRA will work in cooperation with a number of business incubators to adopt winning projects and convert them into pilot projects. TRA will also continue to support these projects by launching awareness campaigns on inspiring ideas with the aim of attracting those interested in the UAE and abroad to sponsor them.
The UAE Hackathon is the biggest of its kind on national level. It reflects TRA’s efforts to spread the culture of digital transformation in the country, and provides an opportunity for various segments 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.