With 2,950 participants from 100 countries, Hajj Hackathon makes Guinness Record
Saudi Arabia Hajj Hackathon organized by the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones in Jeddah, has broken the Guinness World Record in terms of the number of participants topping 2,950 from over 100 countries.
Saudi counselor in the Royal Court, head of the Kingdom’s Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones Saud Bin Abdulla al-Qahtani expressed gratitude to King Salman Bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman for their continuous support which led to this prestigious achievement.
Al-Qahtani said: “The Kingdom entering Guinness Records through Hajj Hackathon, confirms the ambition of the Saudi youths that their country is a gate for technology in the region,” referring that this achievement comes in parallel with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
The Saudi Guinness World Record official announcement came on Wednesday, where judge Ahmed Jabr representing the prestigious body handed the award to the head of Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones Saud Bin Abdulla al-Qahtani.
Saudi Hajj Hackathon broke the previous Guinness World Record for simultaneous Hackathon participants done by India with 2,577 participants back in 2012.
This year Hajj Hackathon, which attracted Tech companies from around the world with support from Google, run many workshops for the participants, encouraged youth to come forward with innovative ideas.
Thousands of software developers and computer and information-technology enthusiasts from more than 100 countries took part in Hajj hackathon in Jeddah which started on July, 31 and ends on August 3.
The Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones allocated $533,000 in prizes divided into three categories, where the first prize is worth $266,000, second prize $133,000, the Third prize is $93,000 while a prize of $39,000 goes to distinction.
The competition in the event included sectors surrounding the Hajj season, its services and challenges, including food and beverages, public health, financial solutions, transportation, crowd management, traffic control, travel and accommodation arrangements, waste and waste management, housing and communication solutions.