Zayed University hosts final leg of Happiness Hackathon

UAE Data for Happiness Hacakthon holds last session at Zayed University, winners announced in March

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Zayed University hosts final leg of Happiness Hackathon Zayed University hosted the final stage in the UAE Data for Happiness hackathon.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 28, 2018

Zayed University has hosted the last phase of the UAE ‘Data for Happiness' hackathon, which aims to use data analytics to solve challenges in priority areas for government.

The Data for Happiness series, which is organized by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), has comprised and six hackathons held in universities around the UAE.

The UAE hackathon posed challenges in key areas of development that the government has identified as contributing to happiness, which include transportation, traffic congestion, health, education, sustainable development, and gender balance.

The winning ideas will be announced during a ceremony on 4th March.

HE Saeed Al Suwaidi, Acting TRA Director General, said: "The UAE Hackathon is part of our initiatives for the Innovation Month, in the framework of our strategy to enable the young generation to deal with the new era requirements, in which open and big data is an essential element. Over the course of a month, since the Hackathon launch in its first stop at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, to its last stop at Zayed University in Dubai, we have witnessed many creative ideas and solutions, which confirms that we are on the right track in the UAE in keeping pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in order to maintain our leading position in global competitiveness indicators."

Professor Reyadh Almehaideb, Vice President of Zayed University said: "We, at Zayed University, are proud to be part of this unique cultural project, which is in line with the wise leadership directives and aspirations to improve the lifestyle in the UAE. We are working hard to encourage our students to share their creative ideas and innovations in the utilization of data and information, through the UAE Hackathon, to develop solutions to the challenges of the sectors most relevant to the community's life, to achieve happiness, and improve the quality of life in the UAE."

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