TRA unveils ‘Data for Happiness’ UAE hackathon
Any individual can participate by registering on the TRA website, thereafter applicants will be contacted
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has launched a data analysis challenge which will be held in February.
Under the theme ‘Data for Happiness', the hackathon will be held in four phases, including six hackathons. Additionally the TRA estimates around 1200 participants to attend from the UAE.
The UAE hackathon poses several challenges, including transportation, traffic congestion, health, education, sustainable development, and gender balance, which are among the governmental work priorities in the UAE to achieve customer happiness.
To overcome such challenges, the hackathon will see small teams of 3-5 people representing varied categories of society, such as employees, high school and university students, entrepreneurs and IT professionals, to develop solutions and ideas using big data provided by the government.
H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, said: "We consider the Hackathon an opportunity to strengthen the partnership between the public and private sectors through engaging private companies in the country. Through this experience, we aim to use data to develop innovative solutions and ideas that help in achieving the community's happiness, thus, the Hackathon slogan is ‘Data for Happiness'.
"We also aim to involve a large number of students with participants from different social groups to develop modern solutions based on the analysis of available data."
It begins from Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi on 4 February 2018, and will last for three days. The second week will take place in Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah from 11-13 February at Ajman University - Fujairah branch, and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. The third week will be held from 18-20 February in Sharjah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain, and will be hosted by the American University of Sharjah and Ajman University - Ajman Branch. Dubai will be the last station in the UAE Hackathon tour, where competitions will be held at Zayed University from 25-27 February 2018.
Any individual can participate by registering on the TRA website, thereafter applicants will be contacted.
All participants will receive one-day training course as well as a participation certificate from TRA. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 3 March 2018 in Abu Dhabi and the winners will be honoured in each emirate by publishing their winning solutions and applications on the UAE Government official Portal, along with a video showing the winning works. The winners at the national level will receive valuable prizes.