Hackathon 2014 - The Video

Watch students and mentors discuss their experience at the 2014 Annual International Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World. The event brings together students, faculty, and professionals from around the globe for an intense three days of ideation, development, and presentation.

Event Details

April 10-12, 2015
Arriving on Thursday April 9 and Leaving on Monday April 13.

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)
Saadiyat Campus
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The Annual NYUAD International Hackathon is a three-day programming marathon, during which renowned international computer science professors, founders of successful startups, technology professionals, and venture capitalists come together at NYUAD to lead teams of talented computer science students from all over the world (the majority of the students will be from the Arab world), to create mobile and web applications. The teams will develop innovative applications relevant to diverse fields such as health, education, film, music, business, and science for the benefit of social good in the Arab World.

Organized by

Sana Odeh Affiliated Faculty, NYU Abu Dhabi, Faculty Liaison for Global Programs of Computer Science, and Clinical Faculty, Computer Science Department Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, New York



2014 Hackathon Winners

1st Place Winner of the 2014 Hackathon: MedCare/Tabibi (Healthcare)

Liwa Ventures Social Impact Award;
Audience Choice Award

Description: Digital nurse app reminding the elderly to take their medicine and alerting their emergency contacts with life saving information when health problems occur.
Students: Saeed Al Mannaee (Khalifa University, UAE), Rashed Al Matar (Khalifa University, UAE), Yousef AlAhmedi (Khalifa University, UAE), Islam Alhusban (University of Science and Technology, Jordan), Mustafa Hammad (Khalifa University, UAE), Abdallah Zoubir Ourad (Khalifa University, UAE)
Mentors: Kenneth Leland (Senior VP of Engineering, Monmouth Telecom, USA), Akram Dweikat (Co-Founder & Co-Leader, PALinnO, Palestine)

2nd Place Winner: Jedis (Economic Development)

Description: an SMS-based platform to let local arab businesses instantly create a web presence (incl. location, hours etc.).
Students: Kmar Ben Abdallah ( ENSI , Tunisia), Leila Chan Currie (University of Toronto, Canada), Omar Gafsi (Esprit, Tunisia), Colin Mayer (Stanford University, USA), Zach Reneau-Wedeen (Yale University, USA), Harrison Tan (NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE), Adrian Vatchinsky (NYU New York, USA)
Mentors: Geoffrey Litt (Student, Yale University, USA); Taher Mestiri, General Manager
 I.T.GRAPES & Hadrum


The goal of the NYUAD Hackathon is to promote innovation in computer science, tech startups, and the development of innovative technology for the social good. This event will provide an opportunity for students in the Arab world to experience the full cycle of creating a tech startup (sharing and generating ideas, pitching ideas, learning new platforms and programming languages, designing and developing mobile and web applications, and working with a team). Aside from learning top practices in software development, students will also get a rare opportunity to be mentored by leaders in both industry and academia. Also, students will create innovative and solution-based technology for social good, which is becoming an important goal for computer scientists worldwide, as the field is now viewed as having created revolutionary innovations in many areas. We hope this Hackathon creates opportunities for future international project collaboration, launching startups, and undertaking academic research. The best apps are eligible for great prizes.