NYU Abu Dhabi launches Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World


Now in its 12th edition, the event has acquired a globally significant reputation for youth excellence

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), in partnership with Tamkeen, will host the 12th edition of the NYUAD Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World from 25 to 28 April.

The international event, which is unique in the region, will welcome cross-disciplinary teams from around the world to solve challenges faced in the field of quantum computing (QC) and artificial intelligence (AI) related to QC.

The aim is to develop ideas that contribute to social good with a view to furthering the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Teams of seven to ten talented students from across the globe, with a majority from the Arab world, will each be guided by two experts in the field from leading institutions.

This includes renowned global computer science professors from the likes of the University of Oxford, ETH Zürich, MIT, and Stanford, along with founders of successful startups and technology professionals from Google, Meta, IBM, Qbraid, along with venture capitalists and other leading institutions such as Core42, and the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA).

This elite and unique gathering of mentors will teach the teams about top practices in QC, AI machine learning applications, and software developments through workshops, keynote speeches, and lighting talks during the marathon. The outcome will be the creation of applications by the students contributing to society.

On 28 April, the final presentations and award ceremony are free and open to the public. The keynote speeches will include the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Xanadu Christian Weedbrook and Professor at the Raman Research Institute (RRI) Urbasi Sinha.

The three-day programming marathon was founded to contribute to social good in the Arab world and globally. The NYUAD International Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World has seen more than 1,000 participants from more than 50 countries.

The event has been a launchpad for the careers of past participants, who gained scholarships, jobs, and even launched their own startups. Last year’s winners had the exceptional opportunity to present their winning project at the GESDA Summit in Geneva.

For further information, visit NYUAD



25-28 April


NYU Abu Dhabi


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