1) What is a hackathon?
A hackathon can be described as an “invention marathon”. Anyone who has an interest in technology can attend a hackathon to learn, build and share ideas over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
Hackathon’s participants usually organize themselves into work teams to build solutions to pre-determined challenges and compete against each other to win cash and/or in-kind prizes.
2) What is the difference between a track and a challenge?
A track is a focus topic brought up by the hackathon’s organizers and/or partners. Within one track there could be one or more challenges that the participants can choose to work on and bring solutions to.
3) What are the goals of the SHIFT “To Digital” Hackathon?
SHIFT “To Digital” Hackathon wants to create a conducive environment for innovation, creativity, collaboration and knowledge exchange by offering the youth a safe zone where they can come together and make headway on problems they are interested in without having to worry about failure or restrictions.
Registration & Participation
1) Who can join the SHIFT “To Digital” Hackathon? Are there any prerequisites or required skills?
SHIFT “To Digital” Hackathon is open to Lebanese nationals/residents, aged between 18 and 35 years, who are interested in technology and innovation and have an interesting project or other idea to develop within the scope of the challenges proposed. They can apply as individuals or as teams of 3 to 5 members.
While experience in coding/programming/design is a huge plus, there are no prerequisites or required skills to take part in the hackathon.
2) What is the allowable size for teams? How are they formed?
Teams may have 3 to 5 members. Ideally, teammates should have varied skills such as development, design (UI/UX), business and public speaking.
Teams can be assembled either:
- Upon registration in case the different members already know each other
- Onsite at the hackathon with the help of the event’s organizers
3) What if I don’t have a team prior to the hackathon?
If you are an individual and don’t have a team to apply with, no worries, you can still participate in the SHIFT “To Digital” Hackathon. In fact, you can either:
- Apply with an idea, and work on it with a team formed during the event
- Register with no idea, and join a team working on a cool idea you like during the hackathon.
4) How will I know if I’ve been selected to participate?
If you are selected to take part in the hackathon, you will receive, at least a week before the event, an official confirmation of your acceptance sent to the e-mail address you used at the time of registration.
5) What are the participation costs?
Participation in the SHIFT “To Digital” Hackathon is free of charge and includes breakfast, lunch & refreshments for participants over the two days.
1) What kind of solution should be built? (Application, website, hardware, chatbots,…)
That is up to you and your team to figure out. You can build any type of software or hardware solution that you believe best addresses the challenge you choose to work on.
2) Who will assist me if I need support during the hacking?
Mentors and experts in various domains will be at your disposal throughout the hackathon to help you develop and perfect your solution.
1) How long is the pitch?
The pitch in front of the judging panel should be five minutes sharp.
2) How many team members are allowed to pitch?
That is up to you and your team to figure out. Nonetheless, since it is a short pitch, it is recommended that one or two teammates present on behalf of each group.
3) What are the judging criteria?
The solutions built during the SHIFT “To Digital” Hackathon and presented in front of the judging panels will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Problem Assessment
- Originality & Creativity
- Quality of the product/service demo
- Practical Implementation
- Scalability & Impact
4) What are the prizes?
The three top teams from each track will be awarded the following money prizes:
- First prize: 2000 USD
- Second prize: 1500 USD
- Third prize: 1000 USD
In addition, the winning teams will receive in-kind support to further develop their solutions.
1) Where can I find a full schedule of the hackathon?
The full schedule of the SHIFT “To Digital” Hackathon can be found on the event’s webpage. It will also be shared with you in the confirmation email that you will receive in case you are selected to participate in the hackathon.
2) Where is the event’s venue? How can I get there?
The SHIFT “To Digital” Hackathon will take place on November 2 & 3, 2019 at Beirut Digital District (BDD), Building 1280 (check map).
Transportation will be made available on both days for free from/to Tripoli, Zahle and Saida with meeting points identified along main roads.
In addition, 10% promocodes from Allo Taxi will be provided to attendees.
All the details related to the commute will be shared with you in the confirmation email that you will receive in case you are selected to participate in the hackathon.
3) Will the venue be open 24/7 for the participants?
Yes, the participants will have the possibility to stay in and work from the venue on Saturday night but it is not an obligation. It is up to them to decide if they want to work overnight or not.
4) What should I bring with me to the hackathon? What equipment will I need?
Make sure to bring your laptop, mobile phone, chargers, earphones, and any other hardware you wish to use. And if you are planning to sleep on the venue, please bring one change of clothes and a blanket or a sleeping bag.
5) What will be provided during the event?
All the participants in the SHIFT “To Digital” Hackathon will be provided with:
- Free wi-fi access
- Two-day food and beverages
- Challenges factsheets
- Writing and drawing material
6) What is the dress code?
The dress code for SHIFT “To Digital” Hackathon is smart casual so make sure you wear something neat and comfortable during this intense hacking!
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