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Lebanon: Shift "To Digital" Hackathon

November 2-3, 2019

POSTONED: Due to unforeseen developments in Lebanon, this event is postponed until further notice

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Digital transformation can help Lebanon improve its economic prospects for the Lebanese citizens. It can accelerate growth, facilitate job creation, increase productivity, and improve governance when growth did not exceed 1% in the past five years, unemployment has reached 18% among the youth, female labor force participation is low and stands at 23%, labor productivity is negative (-4.7%), and corruption is widespread. It can also have a positive impact on inclusion and poverty reduction and increase access to, and the quality of, education. Currently, Lebanon lags behind in terms of digital adoption and captures only 4.7% of its digital potential, well below the 8.4% average for Middle Eastern countries, highlighting a large untapped growth and potential jobs resource.

SHIFT is the starting point to leverage Lebanon’s pool of skilled and entrepreneurial talent to build a digital economy focused on innovation.

  • Under the Patronage of the President of the Council of Ministers, His Excellency Mr. Saad Hariri, the Minister of State for Investment and Technology Affairs, His Excellency Mr. Adel Afiouni, and the World Bank Group in collaboration with the Youth Action Group (YAG), are organizing the “SHIFT to digital” Hackathon event scheduled for November 2 and 3, 2019 at Beirut Digital District, that will bring together creatives, technologists, designers and developers to experiment rapid idea generation and prototyping while leveraging the latest digital trends.

    This 30-hour hackathon will provide an opportunity for brilliant young talents to create inventive, original and high-impact solutions to pre-defined challenges with the help of mentors and experts who will guide them throughout their quest. They will also experience the unforgettable thrill of coming together with peers who share the same passion for cutting-edge technology and innovation.

    SHIFT "To Digital" Hackathon will feature two tracks:

    • "GovHack": that will invite participants to develop solutions that enhance the government  to citizens (and vice versa) and the government to businesses services.

    1st prize: 2000.00 USD (+ 1 month internship at the Ministry of state for investment and technology affairs, Flat6Labs boot camp access & More ) 
    2nd prize: 1,500.00 USD
    3rd prize: 1000.00 USD

    • "FinHack": where contestants will build solutions aiming at easing finance payment, facilitating access to market information and / or promoting financial inclusion.

    1st prize: 2000.00 USD (+ Flat6Labs boot camp access & More ) 
    2nd prize: 1500.00 USD
    3rd prize: 1000.00 USD

  • SATURDAY November 2nd 

    9:00 – 10:00 AMLight breakfast & coffee
    10:00 AMOpening ceremony
    10:30 - 12:00 AMPresentation of the challenges to participants & team formation
    12:00 – 2:00 PMTeams hackathon
    2:00 – 3:00 PMLunch
    3:00 – Late night hoursHackathon continues. Snack provided through the night.


    SUNDAY November 3rd 

    8:00 – 9:00 AMLight breakfast & coffee
    9:00 – 9:30 AM Thinking design crash course
    9:30 – 1:00 PMTeams hackathon
    1:00 – 2:00 PMLunch
    2:00 – 3:00 PMTeams hackathon
    3:30 PMCut-off time
    4:00 – 5:00 PMTeams pitches
    5:00 – 5:15 PMJudges panel deliberation
    5:30 PMAnnouncement of winners & distribution of prizes
    6:00 PMClosing remarks

     

    • Each team taking part in the hackathon will have a work station equipped with all the needed tools and material.
    • A pool of mentors and experts will be available throughout the hackathon to answer teams’ questions and guide the participants during their innovation journey.
    • The first day of the hackathon will be a full day, i.e. participants will get the opportunity to decide whether they would like to sleep at the venue or leave home. For those who decide to leave, transportation will be available with meeting points identified.
  • The table below provides a snapshot of the challenges posed for this hackathon. More details and background material, including international experiences, are provided after the table.

    FINHACK CHALLENGES

    Enabling digital payments

    How might start-ups accelerate e-payment acceptance and deliver new value for merchants and businesses?

    Social impact & financial inclusion

    How can fintechs drive social impact by supporting sustainable and equitable livelihoods and strengthening local / regional economies?

    GOVHACK CHALLENGES

     

    E-Municipality

    How can Lebanese municipalities harness  new technologies to discharge their duties effectively and transform Lebanese cities and towns into functional living spaces?

    Ease of doing business

     

    How can new technologies contribute to the creation of a business-friendly environment that encourages investment and sustainable growth?

    Citizen and government digital interaction

    How can digital communication technologies enable effective interaction between citizens and government officials?

     

    FINHACK CHALLENGES

    Challenge 1 : Enabling digital payments

     

     

     

     

     

    Context

    How can FinTechs and emerging technology companies transform commerce by accelerating the growth and adoption of digital payments through solutions that are easily accessible to consumers and issuers? The majority of payments in the Middle East are still done in cash, which has a negative impact on financial inclusion, cost (i.e., managing cash is expensive), and security, among other things. Visa is looking to drive and accelerate the acceptance of digital payments across the region with a particular focus on long-tail merchants (i.e., small merchants/Mom n’ Pops). Visa is looking for companies that can help merchants (online or offline) accept digital payments. The more establishments accept Visa, the better for the ecosystem – merchants and consumers.

     

     

    Problem statement

    The end goal is not to force a cashless society but to enable everyone to enjoy the convenience and efficiency of e-payments in a simple, swift, safe and seamless manner. Visa would like to help realize this vision of a better payments landscape for both individuals and businesses, where e-payments are possible for everyone.

     

    What is needed

    For this challenge, we are looking for companies in the following segments:

    • Merchant Services & Tools
    • Payment Gateways

    SMB Aggregators/Solutions, etc

    How might start-ups accelerate e-payment acceptance and deliver new value for merchants and businesses?

    • Opening up new acceptance segments for digital payments
    • Creating a cashless economy through cash displacement​
    • Assisting small and medium businesses in adopting digital payments
    • Providing smart financing solutions for merchants and businesses
    • Using data and analytics to help merchants drive sales (… And more)​

    Challenge 2: Social impact & financial inclusion

     

     

     

     

     

    Context

    Visa has been connecting the world through the most innovative, reliable, and secure digital payment network that enables individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. 2 billion people in underserved communities still lack access to financial services, which is a barrier to their progress. Visa believes that empowering micro & small businesses can drive a multiplier-effect to improve lives and strengthen economies.

    Visa is on a mission to be the catalyst for micro & small businesses to prosper, become a partner to drive progress in local communities, and lead responsibly to make a transformative impact in the world.

     

     

    Problem statement

    How can fintechs drive social impact by supporting sustainable and equitable livelihoods and strengthening local / regional economies?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What is needed

    Visa is looking for fintechs focused on social impact outcomes across:

    1)      Micro and small business development:

    • Business skills development
    • Financial education / literacy
    • Access to capital / credit
    • Transition to digital payments
    • Improving connectivity
    • Building resilience through financial products (e.g., savings, insurance)

    2) Financial Literacy: young communities

    Use gamification to educate future generations about the importance of being financially responsible and help them build strong financial acumen.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tools available

    Visa’s leading digital payments technology enables millions of consumers across the globe to pay with a single click online or a wave of their hand at in store POS terminals. These are much faster, more efficient and more secure alternatives to paying by cash. Can we challenge ourselves to do even more? This challenge invites startups to use Visa’s payment APIs innovatively in conjunction with new concepts and other upcoming technology, for enabling smaller merchants to accept digital payments in store or driving eCommerce for online merchants through a much better digital alternative to cash on delivery.

    www.developer.visa.com is Visa’s API platform where you can search and learn more about available APIs that you can integrate within your solution for a safer and enhanced user experience.

     

    GOVHACK CHALLENGES

    Challenge 1: E-municipality

    Context

    Residents of Lebanese cities and towns face major challenges and issues such as lack of urban planning, traffic safety, solid waste management, air pollution, automobile dependency, and insufficient infrastructure.

    Municipalities, as autonomous local administrations, have a major role to play in solving these challenges to improve the lives of their inhabitants. However, their initiatives are often hindered by lack of funds.

    Fortunately, cities can harness the benefits of innovation and technology today to improve the lives of their inhabitants by becoming more streamlined, efficient, and sustainable, whilst providing municipalities the opportunity to recover their initial investment through efficiency gains and flexibility.

    Problem Statement

    How can Lebanese municipalities harness new technologies to discharge their duties effectively and transform Lebanese cities and towns into functional living spaces?

    What is needed

    Tech-focused tools and systems that allow municipalities to offer more effective programs and services, reduce spending, increase productivity, and ultimately enhance the quality of life for their inhabitants.

    Challenge 2: Ease of doing business

    Context

    Ease of doing business is an index published by the World Bank that assesses the ease of starting and operating a local firm in a given country.

    According to the latest annual ratings, Lebanon is ranked 142 among 190 economies in the ease of doing business and the country has dropped 41 spots in 10 years.

    Therefore, it has become critical to reform the regulatory framework that applies to local firms in Lebanon and simplify its related administrative formalities such as registering the company at the Commercial Registry, obtaining construction permits, paying taxes and dealing with customs authorities.

    Problem Statement

    How can new technologies contribute to the creation of a business-friendly environment that encourages investment and sustainable growth?

    What is needed

    Solutions that can simplify the different procedures related to opening and operating a business in Lebanon (i.e. company registration, construction permits, electricity connection, etc.) and facilitate the interactions with public agencies (i.e. MoF, NSSF, Customs, etc.).

     

    Fact sheets

    Starting a business Fact sheet: LINK 

    Getting electricity fact sheet: LINK

    Trading across borders fact sheet: LINK 

    Challenge 3: Citizens and government digital interaction

    Context

    Much of the existing work on the development of e-government has been explored from the perspective of supply. The main focus being on what governments offer online in terms of data and services.

    Whereas, the exploration from the demand perspective, in terms of citizen interaction with e-government, remains relatively unexplored and underdeveloped.

    Nonetheless, the citizens’ high-level of engagement with public issues on social media channels highlights their desire to be more actively involved in public affairs.

    In addition, just as governments need to hear from citizens, citizens need to hear from governments especially when the latter need to explain the outcomes of voted policies or decided measures.

    Consequently, enabling citizen-government collaboration where everyone gets a place on the table to discuss and share ideas is becoming a necessity. 

    Problem Statement

    How can digital communication technologies enable effective interaction between citizens and government officials?

    What is needed

    Solutions and platforms that create intercommunication  channels between citizens and governmental agencies and promote a constructive exchange of views and cooperation between both parties.

  • Organized by:

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    Ministry of State for Investment and Technology Affairs

    The Ministry of State for Investment and Technology seeks to achieve growth in the private technological sector in its various components to create jobs for Lebanese youth and to form a pillar within all other productive economic sectors such as industry, agriculture and tourism to build a balanced and modern economy.

     

    We want to transform Lebanon into a regional center of technology and knowledge economy, and believe that we have the potentiality and competitiveness as we have faith in achieving this vision.

     

    It is the Ministry's responsibility to play a "key" role in the process of digital transformation of the Lebanese economy in all government departments.

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    World Bank

    The World Bank Group (WBG) is a unique global partnership among 189 member countries, and its staff is drawn from more than 170 nationalities. Since its initiation in 1944, WBG has set up offices in over 130 locations. The WBG is working for sustainable solutions with primary focus on reducing poverty and building shared prosperity in developing countries. WBG is an umbrella for five specialized institutions:

     

    - International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, generally known as the World Bank;

     

    - International Development Association, which caters to the world’s poorest countries;

     

    - International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the group;

     

    - Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, which provides political risk insurance to cross-border investors; and

     

    - International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, which arbitrates foreign investors conflicts with governments.

    Sponsored by: 

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    Visa

    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

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    Microsoft

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    Beirut Digital District

    Beirut Digital District is a community where like-minded digital individuals come together in a well-designed space, fostering the spirit of collaboration, entrepreneurship, and networking. It is the ultimate place where the digital community can work, live, and play. Beirut Digital District offers spaces where flexibility at work is promoted and tailored lifestyles can develop, a sustainable healthy environment to enhance a positive sense of well-being, and an all-inclusive development offering business, living, and leisure facilities.

    Supported by: 

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    Korea-World Bank Partnership Facility

    The Korea-World Bank Partnership Facility (KWPF), established in May 2013, is an initiative to strengthen ties between Korea’s Ministry of Economy and Finance (MoEF) and the World Bank. The facility’s overall objective is to assist developing member countries of the World bank in achieving inclusive and sustainable economic growth and to foster broader dialogue on economic development issues. Through this Facility, the Government of Korea has provided US$90 million during FY14-FY16 (Phase I), US$90 million during FY17-FY19 (Phase II), and a replenishment of US$140 million from FY20 through FY23 (Phase III).

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    Arabnet

    Arabnet is a leading event, insights, and innovation program organizer focused on tech business and innovation in the MENA region. We organize major conferences for the tech sector in Dubai, Riyadh, Kuwait and Beirut; publish news and analysis of the sector in our online news portal and produce original research and reports focused on the sector; and organize custom-tailored innovation programs for corporations and governments.

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    Flat6Labs

    Flat6Labs Beirut is a leading startup seed program and early stage fund that fosters and invests in bright and passionate entrepreneurs with cutting-edge ideas. Funded by Lebanon Seed Fund, and in partnership with ArabNet, Flat6Labs Beirut aims to invest in 100+ Lebanese startups over five years. Through its expansive regional network and numerous partnerships, Flat6Labs Beirut also provides Lebanese entrepreneurs with the scaling opportunities to access wider markets regionally and internationally.

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    Facebook Developer's Circle

    "Developer Circles from Facebook aims to create active communities for developers around the world to access information, share knowledge, and collaborate with other developers. Beirut community has now more than 2400 developers, hosting more than 35 events [Code Labs, Hackathons, Tech Talks, Like-minded gatherings, etc.] while always maintaining 80% active online engagement on the community Facebook Group, which is among the best in EMEA region."

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    Allo Taxi

    Established in 1999, ALLO TAXI is the go-to source for all ground transportation in Lebanon. Its stellar quality of service successfully allowed Allo Taxi to create and sustain a loyal customer base.

  • SHIFT "To Digital" Hackathon is a free of charge event open to those who are interested in technology and innovation and have an exciting project or idea to develop within the scope of the tracks and challenges proposed.

    Developers, designers, engineers, software architects, marketers, entrepreneurs, university students and all tech enthusiasts, aged between 18 and 35 years, can take part in this event, individually or in teams, by completing the online registration form.

    Applications will be reviewed by the organizers and the selected teams/individuals will receive, at least a week before the hackathon, an official confirmation of their acceptance sent to the e-mail address used at the time of registration.

    This official notification will also include additional details on the event and the challenges as well as all information related to the venue and how to access it. It is important to mention that transportation will be available for free on both days from/to the cities of Tripoli, Zahle and Saida with meeting points identified along main roads. In addition, a 10% promo code is offered through Allo Taxi to attendees of the Hackathon.

    Promo code: SHIFT2DIGITAL

    a. Hackathon Registration Form: For Individuals

    b. Hackathon Registration Form: For Teams

    c. Hackathon Registration Form: For Guests (non participants)

  • GOVHACK JUDGES

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    HE Adel Afiouni was appointed Minister of State for Investment and Technology Affairs on January 31st, 2019. Adel Afiouni is a former investment banker and an expert in international capital markets and Emerging Economies, with more than 25 years-experience in major investment banks in Paris, New York and London including 20 years at Credit Suisse in London between 1999 and 2018. Throughout his career in investment banking, Minister Afiouni held a number of leadership positions in emerging markets and capital markets, including Head of Emerging Markets Coverage in EMEA at Credit Suisse since 2014. He managed numerous projects and financing transactions in Europe and in the Middle East and played an active role in Lebanon and in the MENA region in advising Governments, financial institutions and corporations. Mr. Afiouni is a founding member of the Lebanese International Finance Executives Association (LIFE) and was a board member of LIFE until his appointment as Minister in January 2019. Mr. Afiouni is the author of several articles on the Lebanese economy and on economic and financial reforms needed to stimulate growth. He is a regular speaker in economic conferences in Lebanon and abroad. Minister Afiouni is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France. He also holds a Masters’ degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Sup Telecom Paris and a Masters’ degree in Finance from University Paris 1st Pantheon Sorbonne.

     

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    Corine Kiame is the Investment Manager at Insure and Match Capital Holding SAL (IM Capital) since April 2015. She supervises the matching & insurance capital process and manages the work of the analytical team. Corine is responsible for IM Capital operations, including deal sourcing, investment project evaluation and valuation, business models validation, value creation and mentoring in investments, and supervision of exits from investments.  Prior to joining IM Capital, and for more than 9 years, Ms. Kiame was a Director at SHUAA Capital psc Dubai, UAE, where her responsibilities included Product Development, Strategy and Project Management, and Operations. In 2006 and 2007, Mrs. Kiame worked as an assistant fund manager on several regional funds representing USD 1 Billion in assets under management, covering fifteen Arab markets. Corine holds a Masters in Finance from Paris IX Dauphine in Paris, an Executive Education Certification from Harvard Business School with emphasis on Private Equity and Venture Capital, an Executive Certification from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with emphasis on Venture Mentorship, is a member of the Lebanese League for Women in Business, and a member Seeders LWAF Business Angels group and Rising Tide Europe 3.

     

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    Salam Yamout is an independent consultant specializing in digital transformations and their impact on business, governments, and society at large. Before that, she headed the Middle East Regional Bureau of the Internet Society for three years and was the National ICT Strategy Coordinator at the Office of the Prime Minister of Lebanon for six years. Over her career, she worked with industry leaders such as Cisco Systems, and consulted with International organizations such as the European Union and UNDP. Ms. Yamout serves on the board of various organizations.  Currently, she is an Executive Board member of the RIPE NCC (the Internet Registry for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia), the chairman of LEBIX (the Lebanese Internet Exchange Point), and the Vice-President of the LLWB (Lebanese League of Women in Business).  She also serves on the board of the MITEF for the Pan Arab Region which organizes the yearly Arab Business Plan Competition since 2007.  While working for the PCM, she established the iSMEs fund and was a key player in the entrepreneurship eco-system, and a board member in LFE and on the investment committee of the Building Block Fund. Ms. Yamout holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (ESA) in Beirut and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona.

     

    FINHACK JUDGES

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    Rita Mokbel is a senior technology executive in the Telecoms & Fintech industries, and is currently the Head of Sales, Information technology Managed Services with Ericsson. With a focus on increasing accessibility and intelligence across all industries, Rita leads technology companies through transformative change enabling digital business agility and operations through artificial intelligence and automation. With more than 14 years of experience in management consulting, sales and business management in senior leadership roles, Rita’s earlier roles in Ericsson are VP-Head of Global Sales Mobile financial services, VP-Head of Sales and Business Management Middle East and Africa and Head of Customer Team - ICT KAM, North Middle East Accounts. She has also worked for Siemens / Nokia Siemens Networks and has an early-career technical engineering background. Rita also holds a PhD in Financial Engineering and two master’s degrees in Modelling & Computer Simulation and Telecom Engineering as well as executive program certifications from Oxford in fintech and from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Artificial intelligence and Big data. Rita is a member of Seeders/LWAF, a group of business angels aiming to boost innovation and support the development of the Lebanese entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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    Nicolas Rouhana is currently the Chairman and General Manager of IM Capital, a $20M fund under USAID MENA Investment Initiative, providing Matching Capital, Insurance Capital and Technical Assistance to early-stage businesses and investors (angels, VCs, accelerators) in Lebanon. He is also Chairman of SpeedLebanon - the first seed accelerator in Lebanon, Vice-President of the Internet Society-Lebanon Chapter, and Board Member of Berytech. Between 2001 & 2015, he was the Executive Director of Berytech, the first technology incubator in Lebanon, counseling and mentoring entrepreneurs in their early-stage ventures, and supporting the growth of the Lebanese startup eco-system. Nicolas holds a Telecommunications Engineering degree from the Saint Joseph University in Beirut, a PhD in Networking Systems from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, and is also an EDP graduate from INSEAD, France.

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    Marcel Rached is a country officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. He is a member of the MENA regional team covering Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. He brings more than eighteen years of experience in sourcing, structuring, and executing investments in the retail, manufacturing and financial services sectors. Marcel holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

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    Lathika Pai is Country Head at Microsoft for Startups, which supports startups in the Middle East and South Asia. Microsoft for Startups engages with growth stage and typically Series A funded B2B startups. Her prior work experience includes large technology companies in the US and UK like Nortel, American Management Systems (CGI) and a $300 million funded start up Relera which was in the cloud and managed services space. As a serial entrepreneur, Lathika successfully raised capital for her ventures both through equity and debt funding, as well as provided profitable exits to her investors. She has been on the Boards of international technology companies and helped them with their strategy for Asia. Lathika is also the Founder of SonderConnect, an organization that discovers, empowers and promotes women entrepreneurs looking to scale their business and raise funds through targeted mentoring and a robust, supportive community of executives, leaders and founders.

     

     

     

  • 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. 

     

    The Hacking

    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.

     

    Winners Selection 

    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.

     

    Logistics 

    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!

     

    For more information, please contact us at aelzir@worldbank.org or +961 1 963 347.


Ms. Angela Elzir Assy
Beirut
Tel :+961 1 963 347
Email