Accenture, Expo 2020 Dubai launch 24-hour global hackathon

The hackathon is inspired by Expo's 2020 Dubai theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future'

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Accenture, Expo 2020 Dubai launch 24-hour global hackathon The hackathon will take place simultaneously in 11 cities.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  November 2, 2017

Accenture and Expo 2020 Dubai have teamed up to form a 24-hour hackathon where participants from across the world will be challenged to develop digital solutions to enhance urban living.

The hackathon is inspired by Expo's 2020 Dubai theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future', and participants will compete to find digital solutions that address urbanisation challenges. They will be required to meet two requirements; putting human beings at the heart of the experience and using emerging technologies, such as wearables, artificial intelligence and Blockchain.

The challenge is open to graduates, undergraduates and entrepreneurs with experience in technology design and marketing. They will be analysed by a panel of judges of experienced practitioners from Accenture, Expo 2020 Dubai and local sponsors.

Accenture will award prizes worth up to $80,000 and Expo 2020 will select is favourite project from among three regional winners. The program is expected to provide winning projects with grants of up to $100,000 and a chance to showcase their innovations at the next World Expo.

The hackathon will take place simultaneously in Chicago, Bangalore, Dubai, Istanbul, London, Manila, Mexico City, Monterrey, Rome, Shanghai and Singapore on 11 and 12 November, with registrations closing on 6 November.

Mike Sutcliff, group chief executive, Accenture Digital, said: "We are asking people with digital talents to apply their creativity and ingenuity to two game-changing trends - urbanisation and digitisation. With both, it is people who should come first. Accenture strongly believes that digital experiences have the power to make cities more livable for customers, patients, workers, students, and citizens, but these experiences can only be successful if they are truly human."

Gillian Hamburger, senior vice president of Commercial at Expo 2020 Dubai, added: "World Expos have always been a showcase for innovation. This hackathon, with our Official Digital Services Partner Accenture, is another example of Expo 2020 encouraging innovation and connecting people from around the world to exchange ideas and contribute to the future."

In Dubai, the event will be supported by Etisalat Digital, Google, GE Digital and the American University of Sharjah.

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