2013 NYUAD International Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World Winners
2013 Winner: Take Flight (from left to right): Seth Thompson (Yale University, US), Alex Qin (NYU New York, US), Geoffrey Litt (Yale University, US), Omar Omran (Lebanese American University, Lebanon
First Place: Take Flight
“Take Flight” is an online platform for cross-language video mentoring.
Team Member(s): Seth Thompson (Yale University, US), Alex Qin (NYU New York, US), Geoffrey Litt (Yale University, US), and Omar Omran (Lebanese American University, Lebanon)
Mentor(s): Ramsey Nasser (Fellow, Eyebeam Art+Technology Center), and Max Stoller (Developer, Lerer Ventures).
Second Place: Safe Journey
A mobile app to track a vehicle route from source to destination. It sends SMSs to a designated contact to keep track of the passenger route during the journey on the vehicle. It is aimed to maintain security and follow-up on passengers, especially ladies.
Team Member(s): Amanda Coston (Princeton University, USA), Omar Abdel Galeel (Khalifa University of Science (Sharjah Campus), UAE), Mostafa Hammad (Khalifa University of Science (Sharjah Campus), UAE), Abdulla Zoubir Ourad (Khalifa University of Science (Sharjah Campus), UAE), and Abdul Rahman S. Mohamed (Ain Shams University, Egypt).
Mentor(s): Noha Seada (Assistant Lecturer, Ain Shams University, and Technical Team Leader, Healthy-IT, Free Zone, Egypt).
Third Place: (TIE) Laha (For Her) and Landmarkr
Laha (For Her)
A social platform for Arab women with chronic diseases to share experiences.
Team Member(s): Tahar Zanouda (Quinnipiac University, Algeria), Daniel Gur (Kent State University, USA), Kartik Mandaville (Carnegie Mellon University, USA), Aysha Siddique (University of Michigan, USA), and Caroline Wong (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark).
Mentor(s): Michael Paik (Ph.D. Candidate, New York University, USA).
A website providing landmark cues for navigation.
Team Member(s): Oleg Grishin (NYUAD, UAE), Moiri Gamboni (NYUAD, UAE), Morgante Pell (NYUAD, UAE), and Dmytro Krasnoshtan (Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE)
Mentor(s): Rawan Alharbi (Teaching Assistance, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia), and Susannah Raub (Software Engineer, Google, USA).
Audience Award: Alert2Sign
A public announcement service that translates speech and text announcements into sign language for the deaf and hearing impaired.
Team Member(s): Hassen Ben Salem ( Higher School of Sciences and Techniques of Tunis, Tunisia), Chadi Hammed (Ecole Supérieure des Communications de Tunis (Sup'Com), Tunisia), Andrew Hitti (Columbia University, USA), Mahmoud Darawsheh (Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Jordan), and Ahmed Nasser Mohamed (Cairo University, Egypt)
Mentor(s): Raouf Amor (Software Consultant , Sungard, Tunisia), Mohammad El-Ramly (Assistant Professor of Computer Sciences, Cairo University, Egypt), and Jason Jho (Senior Software Engineer, Cambridge Semantics, USA).