2016 sees expert leaders in the fields of technology, innovation, creative business and health, and leading female entrepreneurs partner with Saudi Arabia’s MiSK Foundation to host the first ever dual-nation UK/Saudi Hackathon. The Hackathon’s aim is to develop tech solutions to the world’s most challenging health problems.
The Hackathon is taking place on 25th-27th November in both London and Riyadh via a 48-hour live link-up. Participants between the ages of 18-32 will work together and will have to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. The winning team will receive a USD $10,000 investment as well as professional mentoring to help make their life changing idea a reality.
Students studying or interested in IT, Science and Healthcare as well as coders, developers and designers are all encouraged to apply for the Hackathon.
The event is a brand new idea for 2016, with Bader Al-Asakir, MiSK Foundation Secretary General commenting “Youth empowerment and entrepreneurialism are the life blood of a thriving economic future. With life expectancy and health issues escalating and becoming a global challenge, we believe that finding innovative solutions to these problems are critical.”
Jan Ward, Former UK Female Entrepreneur praised the event as “The first cross-cultural, mixed gender event designed to provide health solutions to world problems” and said “it’s an important and progressive step forward.”
At a time when the increasing health needs of the public are placing immense pressure on the NHS, the Hackathon provides an excellent platform for budding entrepreneurs to display their ideas.
Any Huddersfield University students that are interested in the Hackathon can apply here: http://www.miskhackathon.com.