Online hackathon for Middle East, Africa & Europe

WHY THIS HACKATHON ?

The critical situation we all are facing now due to COVID-19 high speed spread, forced many countries to apply curfew, lockdown and quarantine in general. This badly-affected the local and global economy, threatened peoples around the whole world, losing many innocent souls.

Moreover, lots of schools and universities have been stopped, and the situation is getting worse, and the world has become isolated and everything is going towards ONLINE channels now to keep social distancing.

 

THE OBJECTIVE

The objective of the hackathon is to generate ideas and use technologies to find suitable solutions so that we can help people overcome the current difficult situation for example to help old people get their food without leaving home, or to trace their health status and to be shared with the nearest hospitals and more and more.

 

TRACKS

Tracks are not limited but the solutions should solve one or more challenges that recently appeared as a result of Quarantine and Lock-down decisions in all sectors

    • Health  (help the governments to trace the infections, check the health status of the patients without hospital visit, protect hospital staff,..etc)
    • Education (help teachers communicate and interact with their students by a suitable evaluation system, ..etc)
    • Business  (most industries have been affected with curfew rules and virus spread! So how we can help them overcome that crisis and save the economy as much as possible)
    • Social Life ( how people can practice their daily life in the same way before the quarantine like doing sports,...etc)
    • Environment (find a smart way to sterilize public spaces for example)

 

THE WINNERS

After the submission is closed, the hackathon team will filter the applications based on the submissions as they will have to make sure that everything attached is ready to be reviewed. And then the judging committee will choose top 10 teams to pass to Online Pitching Phase to decide who are the final winners.

The prize is obtained by the whole team and it is their entire responsibility to distribute it to each other.

 

Step Description
Step 1 Register (on http://ieeesightegypt.org )
Step 2 Follow (Follow the instructions on the mail you will receive)
Step 3 Think (Brainstorm and start working on your solution)
Step 4 Submit (Send the submit)

 

FAQs

Can I submit in more than one track?

Yes, but you sould involve your project/solution in at least one of the tracks to be regarded in evaluating and prizing processes.

What is the maximum number of the team?

In order to be eligible in prizing process, the team can have a maximum of four members. If have a large team/group, there's no problem to join but the latter rule is applied.

How do I work with my team?

As it's an online Hackathon, we are running a discord server that includes all the hackers in our hackathon where all members can communicate with each other.

You can create a github repository to host your codes (if it's software project), establish group on any suitable platform to your teammates and create a shared folder on google drive to store all files.

How long will it be?

Submission is open for three days, then hackathon is closed. Finally, announcement of winners is published after few days.

View full rules

Prizes

$3,600 in prizes

Seed Fund for The Top Three

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

The hackathon is open to individuals who are at least 16 years old and to teams above 1 up to 4 members from any country.

Participation in the hackathon constitutes that the participant is fully agreeing on our Terms and Conditions.

Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

  • Submission form 
    • Submit your project here on Devpost before the deadline and be sure to answer all of the questions on the submission form. Submission (including video/code links) are editable until the submission deadline.  This and other information related to your submission will be treated consistent with the Devpost privacy policy.
  • Video (optional)
    • Upload a video walk-through your solution via YouTube or Vimeo, and include the link on your Devpost page for your project.
    • Videos should be a maximum of 5 minutes long. 
  • GitHub or other code repo link (optional)
    • Please ensure that this link is publicly shareable so judges can access your project

GUIDANCE

  • Guidance for a good video (In order to evaluate all projects, only the first 5 minutes of the video will be evaluated)
    • Introduce yourself briefly (names of the project and the team)
    • What is the problem you are trying to solve for (1-2 sentences)
    • Describe your project:
      • How did you address this problem? (provide enough technical detail to understand technical feasibility but try to keep it brief)
      • What are sample use cases?
      • Who (or what organizations) could potentially benefit from your solution? 

Judges

SIGHT Judging Committee

SIGHT Judging Committee

Judging Criteria

  • Impact (35%)
    • Proposed solution clearly articulates and addresses one or more observed challenges related to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown • Proposed solution clearly articulates the expected impact and how it will be measured
  • Feasibility (40%)
    • Proposed solution can be implemented in current lock-down context, given remote working condition and limited access to resources • Proposed solution can be implement and launched in a short timeline
  • Innovation (10%)
    • Proposed solution brings forward an original idea or approach to solve an existing challenge, • Or, augments existing idea with additional and value-add functionalities that improve the original idea
  • Technology and proof of concept (15%)
    • Proposed solution applies and leverages technology, in one or more of the proposed tracks • Proposed solutions is validated by a proof of concept

theme

  • Social Good