All Saudi women team wins first place at Hajj Hackathon


Saudi Gazette

— Four Young Saudi women bagged the first prize of SR1 million by winning the Hajj Hackathon 2018 that concluded here in Jeddah.

The first runner-up was “Mahfazat Hajj” from Egypt and they received SR500,000 as prize money. And the second runner-up was “Hajj Walad” from Algeria and they received SR350,000 for their effort.

The four young Saudi women team presented an idea for solving the language barrier problem among pilgrims as they introduced an application that makes it easier for pilgrims to translate signboards to any language without having to connect to the Internet.

The first edition of Hajj Hackathon concluded awarding top three teams with cash prizes of SR2 million. The three days event was held at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events from Aug. 1-3.

A total of 2,950 individuals including entrepreneurs, designers, developers, and innovators from over 100 countries participated with their own unique ideas who then worked in teams on top 10 best ideas for design.

The best three teams were awarded for their outstanding design focused on improving the services of Haj.

The 72-hour-long grand finale of Hajj Hackathon concluded on Friday.

The organizing committee has added an extra award for a distinguished team and the award worth SR150, 000 went to IOO7 from Saudi Arabia for the tents management application.