Networking app for refugees wins top honours
The app was won first prize at the NYU Abu Dhabi International Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World
At the 7th annual NYU Abu Dhabi International Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World, a number of applications developed by local talent were recognised for their ingenuity and positive impact on the Middle East community.
Winning top honours at this year's edition was Hiat, a networking app that was designed to help connect skilled refugees and the local community.
Winning the first prize, Hiat was developed by a team of six students who were mentored by Islam El Ashi, a software engineer at Twitter, over a three-day period.
The team comprised of Camilo Luciano from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina; Amr Aljundi from the American University of Sharjah; Vladimir Ilievski from Ecole Polutechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland; Sonia Xu, Hacking Medicine, MIT, USA; Radwa Hamed from the American University in Cairo and Munira Alali from Khalifa University UAE.
Sana Oder, founder and chair for NYUAD Hackathon, clinical Professor of Computer Science at NYU New York and Affiliated Faculty at NYUAD, said: "This edition of the Hackathon has thrown up some wonderfully innovative solutions and powerful ideas and this made the judges' jobs particularly difficult. The calibre of the participants was remarkably impressive and what they were able to achieve in three days would normally take months to put together."
She added: "The purpose behind the NYUAD Hackathon is to stimulate and enable an environment conducive for innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship in computer science. By bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, we have sought to broaden the scope of understanding of the participants - something that is crucial for innovation to flourish."
Following closely in second place was 3ndi Headache, an app designed to assist in the healthcare sector by automating triage nursing. Third place was shared by both the An Nahr and Tarakeeb apps, the former a hardware/software solution that addresses water wastage during Wudhu at the mosque, and the latter an app for automated grammar checking.