Smart Dubai hosts first Happiness Hack Dubai

Hackathon at Dubai International Airport to create ideas for travel and tourism happiness

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Smart Dubai hosts first Happiness Hack Dubai The ‘Happiness Hack Dubai: Smart Travel Experience,’ is taking place at Dubai International Terminal 3 to create ideas to improve happiness in travel and tourism.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 6, 2017

Smart Dubai is hosting a hackathon at Dubai International Airport to develop new ideas for the tourism and travel sector.

The ‘Happiness Hack Dubai: Smart Travel Experience,' is taking place this week, until 9th February, with a brief to create solutions to create happiness.

Teams made up of Happiness Champions from 23 government and private sector entities, are competing to take an idea from discovery to design to prototype. The teams will have access to open city data from the travel sectors, and sector-specific surveys conducted by the Happiness Agenda team, and will be tasked with challenges from sector stakeholders.

HE Dr Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, commented: "Happiness Hack Dubai is a new platform for local and international experts to collaborate and innovate smart solutions, contributing to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum: to make Dubai the happiest city on earth, and to work together to achieve the future of Dubai. Happiness Hack Dubai is a great opportunity for our government employees to engage with a global community to improve experiences for anyone who lives in or visits Dubai.

"Happiness Hack Dubai shows the positive impact we can achieve for cities when we work together. We are leading a new, people-centric approach to cities and industries that will establish Dubai as a model of collaboration and design thinking for the world," she added.

Happiness champions from Dubai Airports, Jumeirah Group, Du, Etisalat, Smart Dubai Government, and Dubai Data Establishment are participating in the challenge.

The Smart Dubai Office is collaborating with Hackmasters, a technology and innovation network based in the United Kingdom and supported by the UK's Department for International Trade (DIT). Hackmasters and the DIT have provided access to innovative UK-based companies and talent who will contribute technological expertise to the event.

Speaking at a pre-launch event, Paul Fox, British Council General to Dubai, said: "This new and innovative approach to collaboration brings the best of British talent to serve Dubai's ambitions. The Department for International Trade helps companies and organisations across the UAE find world-leading solutions from the UK, and I am delighted that British innovation is at the heart of this important initiative."

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