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UAE Hackathon opens in Abu Dhabi

Hackathon is first stage in series of events to find solutions from data analytics

UAE Hackathon opens in Abu Dhabi
The UAE Hackathon began with the first session in Abu Dhabi.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has launched the first stage of the UAE Hackathon.

The Abu Dhabi Hackathon was launched at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, and runs until tomorrow.

Participants in the Hackathon are tasked with utilizing data analytics to find solutions to challenges in the areas of education, health and safety, transportation and traffic congestion, sustainable development (post-oil era), environment and climate change, gender balance, and enhancing social relations in the UAE.

The opening ceremony was attended by Dr Aref Al Hammadi, Executive Vice President of Khalifa University, Salem Al Housani, Acting Deputy Director General for Information and eGovernment Sector representing TRA, and Mansoor Al Marzooqi, strategy manager at the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre.

The hackathon was opened with a series of training workshops on data and using open data to create solutions and services.

The Abu Dhabi Hackathon is first in a series of six Hackathons across the seven emirates.

Al Housani welcomed the participating entities saying: ‘Our work together on the hackathon is a reflection of the tripartite partnership between the government, the private sector, and the community to achieve the desired happiness and sustainable development, in accordance with the wise leadership directives on future shaping. I would like to thank the students, and praise their dedication to this challenge that represents an opportunity to deal with the tools and vocabulary of the era and to provide innovative solutions through the analysis of available government data.'

Dr. Al Hammadi said: ‘We have motivated the students to participate in this event as we, in Khalifa University, believe in the importance of open data and its role in shaping the future vision of many vital sectors on the country's level. UAE Hackathon is an opportunity for students to learn and share experience and knowledge in one of the most important areas of our time."

Mansoor Al Marzooqi added: "The UAE is committed to the leading approach since its establishment by the founding fathers 46 years ago. The strategic alignment between global developments on the one hand, and local needs based on UAE privacy, on the other, had to be compatible. In this context, the UAE government has launched a series of unprecedented initiatives in the region, such as the UAE strategy for Artificial Intelligence, establishing an Emirati council for Artificial Intelligence, in addition to adding a State Minister of Artificial Intelligence."

The Abu Dhabi Hackathon will be followed by events in Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah from 11th to 13 February, two hackathons for Sharjah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain from 18-20th February and the Dubai hackathon from 25-27th.

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