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Accenture and Expo2020 host international hackathon

Contest will challenge teams to create applications for social innovation

The contest will foster a spirit of collaboration and innovation, says Karam.
The contest will foster a spirit of collaboration and innovation, says Karam.

Accenture and Expo2020 Dubai have launched an international hackathon to challenge young people to create applications for ‘social innovation'.

The competition will be held simultaneously across eight cities - Rome, London, Madrid, Amsterdam, Dortmund, Prague, Istanbul and Dubai - on 26-27th November.

Teams and individuals will be tasked with developing applications around the theme of ‘Connect, Collaborate, Create' in line with the themes of Expo 2020, with a focus on increasing opportunities for employment and reducing the digital divide, mobility and sustainability.

Teams will be expected to build innovative, scalable and replicable application prototypes by using technologies such as the sensors and connected devices that help make up the Internet of Things, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented and Virtual Reality and blockchains.

Tony Karam, managing director of Accenture Digital in the Middle East and North Africa, said: "Our professionals work to realise the immense potential of digital technologies every day, and by combining their expertise in mobility, analytics and digital marketing, create solutions capable of accelerating business innovation and growth. Collaboration as part of multidisciplinary teams forms the basis of how we at Accenture work and achieve results for clients, and this eight city ‘connected hackathon' will reproduce the spirit in which our professionals approach their work every day, based on an openness to collaboration and innovation."

Hala Ghandour, chief development officer at Expo 2020 Dubai added: "Technology connects us more closely than ever. It enables us to communicate and cooperate in ways that can change our lives. Expo 2020 Dubai is excited to be collaborating with Accenture in its connected hackathon. We look forward to exploring ideas and innovations that could shape our World Expo in 2020."

The Accenture Digital Connected Hackathon is open to recent graduates and undergraduates, in teams of three-to-five people or as individuals. Participants will be mentored by experts from Accenture, and each of the cities in the contest will be virtually connected. The overall winning team from the eight cities will receive a 1000 euro voucher to spend on technology on Amazon.com. The events will also include ‘hackgames' and Live talks.