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3rd Annual Digital Transformation Hackathon 2024

hackathon Opening Ceremony

Zayed University (ZU) proudly announces the conclusion of its 3rd Annual Digital Transformation Hackathon organized by CTI NextGen Center. The event, which took place as part of the UAE’s Month of Innovation, focused on AI & Sustainability. Students from ZU, the American University of Sharjah, Khalifa University, University of Dubai, engaged in a range of workshops and mentorship sessions which promoted vital technology skills and encouraged the practical development of groundbreaking ideas. The event was aimed at inspiring the next generation to pursue careers which help drive the nation toward a more sustainable and technologically advanced future.

The hackathon, which has become an annual event, was held from February 21st to 22nd at the NextGen Center on Zayed University’s Dubai Campus. Hosted by the College of Technology & Innovation, the event is a testament to the university’s commitment to advancing the technical skills of students and ensuring they are prepared for the future workforce, in line with the UAE Centennial 2071 vision.

The challenges during the event were crafted in collaboration with the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and First Abu Dhabi Bank. Over two days student teams showcased their skills in blockchain, big data, and augmented reality.

Saeed Al Gergawi, Vice President of Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, commented: “Our participation in the Zayed University Hackathon reaffirms Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy’s commitment to supporting university students in their learning journeys and in recognition of the importance of digital transformation to our national economy. Talented young Emiratis are the key to the growth of our digital economy and the engine that will accelerate the nation’s transformation into one of the world’s leading digital hubs. The chamber remains committed to supporting the success of the local digital ecosystem and fast-tracking the emirate’s transformation into a leading global capital of the digital economy in line with the objectives of the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33).”

Saeed Al Mansoori, Director of Remote Sensing Department, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), said: “The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) participated in the 3rd Annual Digital Transformation Hackathon, organized by the Next Gen Center at Zayed University, by presenting a student challenge focused on water quality monitoring. Throughout the proposed challenge, MBRSC aimed to not only address a critical environmental issue but also to spark innovative solutions utilizing remote sensing technologies. This two-day event was not just a challenge; it was a platform for students to dive deep into real-world problems, demonstrating the power of interdisciplinary learning. We are immensely proud to have contributed to fostering a new generation of thinkers who are ready to tackle ecological challenges with creativity, scientific understanding, and a sense of responsibility towards our planet.”

Dr. Fatma Taher, Director – NextGen Center Zayed University College of Technological Innovation, and event organizer, said: “Delighted to announce that this year’s annual hackathon at CTI NextGen Center, Zayed University, has seen an incredible surge in student participation. With more students joining forces from various universities across the UAE, we’re igniting a powerful movement towards innovation and sustainability. Together, we’re not just solving challenges; we’re shaping the future we aspire to live in. Join us as we celebrate the enthusiasm and dedication of our student innovators in driving positive change.”

Across February ZU hosted more than 50 events as part of the UAE’s Innovation Month, an initiative of the Prime Minister’s Office, and a nationwide celebration of creativity and readiness for the future.

First prize winners from American University of Sharjah
Second Prize winners from Khalifa University
Third Prize winners from University of Dubai
Third Prize winners from Zayed University