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We’re all excited that Eid is next month, but do you know what else is happening in August?

Saudi Arabia will host the first Hajj Hackathon! The Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones, in partnership with Google and Egypt’s RiseUp, will be hosting the Hackathon in the International Exhibition and Convention Centre, Jeddah from August 1st to 3rd.

The 36-hour hackathon is set to be the largest tech challenge to be held in the Kingdom and is expected to attract 3000 developers. The event is open to all tech entrepreneurs, innovators, developers and designers from all across MENA.

If you’re still confused as to what the Hajj Hackathon is about, then let us explain. Entrepreneurs taking part in the hackathon will have to find and build a solution to help streamline the process of Hajj and improve the overall experience of pilgrims. The areas of focus include crowd management, traffic control, travel arrangements, accommodation, transportation, waste management, and more. The participants will be judged based on creativity, design, simplicity, and impact.

The first place winner of the Hajj Hackathon will get to walk away with a grand prize of 1,000,000 SAR for 15% equity investment. While, the runner-up will get 500,000 SAR for 10% equity investment, and the 2nd runner-up will get 350,000 SAR for 7% equity investment.

The top three winners will also get free tickets RiseUp Summit that’s happening later this year in Cairo, as well as tickets to the Google IO Developers Conference happening next year. If that wasn’t enough the winners will also get a Google Home Mini with Google Assistant built and Google Cloud credit. But it’s not just the top 3 that get prizes, the top 10 teams will get a Google Home Mini with Google Assistant built in, and the top 20 will get Google Cloud Credit.

Hurry up and get clicking! Apply here before July 17th.

Jenan Al-Mukharriq

Jenan Al-Mukharriq

A highly driven organizing member of the StartUp Bahrain ecosystem. And a Project Manager at Matter In Hand with a passion for content creation and empowering communities.