Decode Dubai is the ultimate hackathon where you can test your coding skills, team up with peers, win amazing prizes and get a chance to represent Dubai in an all expense paid trip to Barcelona.
Following the success of the first ‘hackathon’, Decode Dubai, which welcomed 140 participants from across the region for a 12-hour coding competition, Dubai Internet City, DIC, has announced the second edition of Decode.
The competition will be held from 11th to 13th June at in5, DIC’s innovation centre, bringing together developers, coders and techno-preneurs to build mobile apps around five ‘Smart’ themes.
These themes include solutions tailored for energy and emissions, enhancing citizens’ participation in communal issues, more efficient and effective urban mobility, enabling a social dimension for retail, and culture and tourism.
During the 48-hour competition, each team will develop an app based on one of the ‘Smart’ themes, prior to pitching their solutions to a judging panel.
The winning teams will go through to the Smart City App Hack (SMAH) finals, to be held in Dubai in October in partnership with Smart Dubai.
The teams will work closely with mentors for the three months prior to the competition in order to fine-tune their applications and pitching skills. The winner of the SMAH Dubai finals will represent the emirate on an all-expenses-paid trip to the Barcelona Smart City Expo 2015 this November.
The Smart City App Hack’s participants will be shortlisted by a series of initiatives over the next few months, of which Decode is the first.
Commenting on the announcement, Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone, said, “The first Decode Dubai was a great success, testament to the UAE’s vibrant entrepreneurial landscape, during which we witnessed the creation of a number of innovative applications. The second edition is part of our continued efforts to empower entrepreneurs and facilitate innovation. Decode Dubai will strengthen the skills of developers, launch ideas for new digital products and provide significant opportunities to drive Smart Dubai, in addition to offering the potential to participate in Barcelona later this year.”