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Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah to host the biggest Hackathon in the Middle East

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From August 1-3, the Saudi city of Jeddah will play host to more than 3,000 developers and 18,000 computer, information and technology enthusiasts from more than 100 countries.

The event is part of the Hajj Hackathon, which promises to be the Middle East’s largest hackathon ever. Google will support the Hajj Hackathon providing mentorship and training.

The Hajj Hackathon is being organized by The Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones, an initiative fulfilling the goals and objectives of the Kingdom’s sweeping and groundbreaking Vision 2030, which seeks to provide new and valuable opportunities to the nation’s young people.

The Hajj Hackathon will attract leading programmers from around the world and challenge them to innovatively leverage technology to enrich the Hajj experience for the more than 2 million pilgrims that travel to Saudi Arabia every year. This event illustrates the Kingdom's commitment to becoming a regional and global leader in technical innovation, developing both an environment and infrastructure that benefits the nation’s young people.

The SAFCSP is offering prize awards to the top three participants valued at 2,000,000 SR to transform their ideas into real businesses. First place will receive 1,000,000 SR, second place will receive 500,000 SR and third place will receive 350,000 SR. Additionally, 150,000 SR will be awarded as a prize for excellence.

The competition includes several fields related to the Hajj and its services such as beverage and meals, health, financial solutions, transportation, crowd management, traffic control, travel and accommodation, waste management, housing and communication solutions.