The UAE Government Launches The World Virtual GovHack, the Largest Virtual Government Hackathon Yet

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Joining Forces To Solve Social Impact Issues Through AngelHack’s Global Developer Community.

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we look forward in creating solutions to some of the pressing challenges facing our global community today

The UAE Government announces The World Virtual GovHack, the biggest global virtual Government hackathon expecting to bring together an estimated one thousand developers, designers and entrepreneurs. Launched on November 19th, 2017, The World Virtual GovHack is accepting submissions through December 30th, 2017; challenging AngelHack’s global network of 130,000 members to solve pressing social and global issues. The worldwide virtual hackathon aims to put top minds from developers, startups and university students at the center of the next wave of industry disruption to help produce innovative solutions that benefit the global community.

The top three finalists will receive their share of a total cash prize of $450,000 as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the World Government Summit in Dubai on February 11th - 13th, 2018. For a full list of rules and eligibility, visit: https://hackathon.govtechprize.ae/

“Our first virtual hackathon was a huge success on all fronts, as it attracted more than 850 participants from around the world to explore the potentials of Blockchain as an emerging technology. By inviting participants to challenge the norm on a global scale, we were able to generate 131 great innovative solutions that aim to increase customer happiness and rethink the way governments deliver their services today,” said Mohamed Bintaliah, Assistant Director General for Government Services at The United Arab Emirates Prime Minister’s Office. “This year we are excited to see the participants numbers grow even further as we look forward in creating solutions to some of the pressing challenges facing our global community today,” he added.

Through technologies provided by global partner IBM and their Cloud APIs as well as Blockchain technology software, ConsenSys and their extensive API library, hackers will participate to compete in one of the following areas:

Refugee Resettlement
Clean Water and Food Security
Electricity Access
Economic Security
Government Services Transformation

Through webinars the attendees will get a hands-on experience and an in-depth look at the problems they are addressing. Additionally, through open office hours, attendees will meet with experienced professionals to get feedback on their ideas prior to building them out. Winners will be announced on January 8th and will be judged on execution, impact, creativity, design, scale and innovation.

“Its an honor to be able to partner with The UAE Government on such an important initiative. This is a testament to how powerful technology is and how useful hackathons can be in solving pressing global problems” said Sabeen Ali, CEO of AngelHack. She went on to say, “i’m certain that our community of the most diverse developers, designers and entrepreneurs around the globe will be able to provide relevant solutions to these issues.”

For more information on World Virtual GovHack, contact Kelsey at (415) 754-0261 or email her at: kelsey(at)angelhack(dot)com. To connect with World Virtual GovHack: Like/Follow us on #GovTechPrize

About the World Government Summit:
The World Government Summit is a global platform dedicated to the enhancement of government around the world. It convenes over 3,000 participants, world leaders, policy makers, international organizations and experts from over 130 countries. In previous years, the Summit hosted a number of thought leaders as keynote speakers. Among the previous speakers, we mention Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States, H.M. Queen Rania of Jordan, H.E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Jim Yong Kim, and many others.
https://www.worldgovernmentsummit.org/

About AngelHack:
AngelHack, a female-owned, female-majority company is the world’s largest and most diverse developer ecosystem, helping to drive open innovation of tech products, platforms and brands with extraordinary smarts, scale and speed. Known as pioneers of global hackathons for more than five years, AngelHack’s 130,000+ developers, designers, and entrepreneurs around the world compete to build, test and launch new solutions over the course of a weekend. The HACKcelerator program and other education initiatives connect ambitious developers with thought leaders and experienced entrepreneurs to help them become more versatile, entrepreneurial and successful as change-makers. Find out more at http://www.angelhack.com.

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