AngelHack Dubai 2016

Microsoft HQ, Dubai
From Apr 1st 2016
To Apr 2nd 2016
See the website


4 years. More than 250 hackathons. More than 72 cities around the globe. We’ve seen it all. And from all of these events, we’ve noticed one thing: Anyone. Can. Code. 

Age, race, gender, experience level, it doesn’t matter. Passion and dedication is what you need to create apps and technologies that have never been imagined before. Implementation and creativity are what differentiate you. Mind and skill are what conquer all.

Welcome to AngelHack’s 9th Global Hackathon Series, where Anyone. Can. Code.

Let’s face it, prizes just make hackathons more fun. That’s why each year, we team up with our sponsors to bring you an awesome set of prizes. Drumroll please:

Grand Prize: An exclusive invite to our HACKcelerator Program

A 12-week Curriculum to turn your hackathon idea into a startup reality

A diverse network of both local and global mentors

Weekly guest speakers

A chance to fly to Silicon Valley for our Annual Global Demo Day and participate in a week of extensive pitch training!

in5 - 3 months of free membership to The in5 innovation Centre

Amazon Web Services

Prize: $100 in AWS Credits per person through AWS Activate and 

AWS Free Usage Tier

1 month AWS Support at Business level

AWS Technical Essentials Online Training ($600 value)

AWS Business Essentials Online Training ($600 value)

80 credits for Self-paced labs Training ($80 value)

1:1 Office Hours with AWS Solutions Architects

Access to the Startup Blog and Startup Forum

Special "Self-starter" Third-Party offers



Challenge: Create an innovative app using the cloud computing platform.

Every participant will get the following from Microsoft:

$100 FREE Azure credit to develop their solution which will enable them to code in Ruby, Python, Java, PHP, and Node.js. Build on Windows, iOS, Linux, and more. Build on Windows, iOS, Linux, and more. Deploy a web app or VM in seconds. Launch a server in minutes. Azure makes it fast and easy to get ahead in the cloud

1:1 mentorship for their project


Prize for winner:

Interview with Microsoft Gulf HR

1:1 Office Hours with Microsoft Technical Evangelist

For the team, BizSpark nomination which includes 3 years of FREE software, services, tech support, and upto $750 credit in Azure cloud



Challenge:  Create an innovative app using the MailJet API.

Prize: 1 Nerf Gun for each member of the team.



Challenge:  Create an innovative solution.

1st Place: 

The IntermsME Award for Innovation along with an opportunity to pitch to our board of investors.

Dedicated Job Shortlisting: An opportunity to be shortlisted and recommended to a job of their liking on InternsME

Employability Workshop: A CV writing workshop, job searching guides, tools and more

Video CV Studio: We'll coach each individual and help them record a Video CV that's sure to grab an employer's attention

Runner Up:

Dedicated Job Shortlisting: An opportunity to be shortlisted and recommended to a job of their liking on InternsME

Employability Workshop: A CV writing workshop, job searching guides, tools and more

Video CV Studio: We'll coach each individual and help them record a Video CV that's sure to grab an employer's attention


Stay Tuned for More Prizes to Come!

The Challenge is Simple. AngelHack’s nonprofit arm, Code For A Cause, is challenging superhero coders to build a technology that will have a positive impact on the world, people, or environment.

The Prize is Awesome. At the end of the 9th Global Series, the top three Code4Impact Award Winners will be invited to the AngelHack HACKcelerator Program. One of these three lucky teams will be flown out to San Francisco, for our 5th Annual Global Demo Day and will pitch to some of the largest Accelerators and Investors in the world, while meeting with leading social entrepreneurs. For more details click here.

City Prize (bold): the Dubai Code4Impact winning team will get two mentoring sessions with the social enterprise experts at the Sustainability Platform. They are focused on “triple bottom line consulting” & building a sustainable ecosystem in the UAE region.

By joining an AngelHack hackathon, you are becoming part of a global, connected community of coders, innovators, and changemakers.

Beyond that, an AngelHack hackathon offers the following:

Games and activities to keep you PUMPED! (Nerf war anyone?)

The opportunity to work with other like-minded individuals

Awesome food, and LOTS of it. A hackathon is nothing without tons of food.

The opportunity to learn some new skill sets

Swag on swag on swag!

Never been to an AngelHack hackathon? You’re in for a treat! Here's what you can expect.

Day 1 09:00 AM : Doors Open to Attendees / Breakfast of Champions 10:30 AM : Opening Ceremony and Sponsor Talks 12:00 PM : Coding Begins 01:00 PM : Lunch 07:00 PM : Dinner Day 2 08:00 AM : Breakfast 12:00 PM : Lunch 01:00 PM : Hackathon Ends / Submissions due on 02:00 PM : Demos Begin / Demos only / No Slide Decks (If your demo doesn’t work, take us through the code of what you did and where you got stuck. It’s about showing what you’ve learned and not about pitching an idea) 04:00PM: Winners are Announced / Prizathon!

Schedule subject to awesome changes. Stay Tuned!

We know some rules are meant to be broken, but you should probably stick by these:

1. Fresh Code

We all start coding at the same time. This is done to keep things fair. No one is allowed to come in and build on top of previous projects. It’s cool to work on designs beforehand, digital mockups, open source frameworks, and anything else available to everyone, but keep things within fair limits.

2. Code Review

Winning teams will be subject to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before winning. This is to ensure that all code used is in fact fresh.

3. Ownership and IP

Teams have full ownership of everything they build at our events and are free to do with it as they wish.

4. Team Size

Teams of up to 5 humans are allowed. You can also add 1 cyborg, Furby, drone, or Sphero.

5. Submissions

Each hackathon has its individual page, which projects should be submitted on. Submissions take place after 24 hours of pure hacking.

6. DEMO your Hack

You must demo your hack in order to present. No slide-decks or Powerpoint will be allowed. Two minute presentation and one minute Q&A from Judges.

7. Have a damn good time!

What should I build?

Let your gut guide you! We usually like to see projects that are innovative, and have the potential to improve or influence people’s lives. Try to build a hack that people can use, enjoy, and potentially scale. Most importantly, have fun with it and try to finish on time. We know you can only do so much in 24 hours, so it’s ok if your project is not perfect (yet).

Who can attend?

Anyone and everyone! Our attendees typically consist of junior developers looking to improve their skills, senior developers looking to expand their horizons, designers of all skill-sets, and serious entrepreneurs that can add value to teams. Bring your idea and let’s go!

Are there travel stipends?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide travel stipends for our global series.

How is the hackathon judged?

Let’s be honest, y’all can do better than Powerpoints. Which is why we rock with live DEMOS only! No exceptions. To win an AngelHack hackathon, you will have to demo your product for at least 30 seconds, but don’t worry if your project is still not 100% perfected. Projects will be judged based on the following criteria:

Impact: How impactful will this solution be for it’s target audience? Is it scalable?

Creativity: How original is this solution?

Design: How well designed is this solution, from front end through to UI/UX?

Execution: How well executed is this solution from start to finish?

Last thing. In this day and age of #selfies and #squad photos, it’s likely that photos and/or video will be taken at the event. By entering the venue, you’re giving us the OK to snap photos and post to social media.

For more info, don’t hesitate to visit our website or hit us up at

We’re excited to see you there!

- The AngelHack Team

           Abdullah Alzabin                     Ahmed AdelAhmed Adel               Chantalle Dumonceaux

         Founder & CEO of                   Sales & Operations Director,                  Co-Founder @ 

              Lumba, Inc.                                        Microsoft                                       WOMENA

        Krishna Prasad Varma                           Gilles Fayad                                            Joanna Truffaut    

   Solutions Architect at                    Director Technical Marketing                 Director Digital Transformation

              Qwinix                                             at Qualcomm                                         Technologies at EY   

           Ibrahim Jaber         CEO at VentureFin

   HACKcelerator Graduates:                               Rami Sarieddine                          Mohammed Saeed Safrini

          Team Wrappup                                  Senior Technical Evangelist,              Service Delivery Manager, 

                                                                             Microsoft                                                   Microsoft

                   Mert Unan                                      Abdul Wahid                               Nicolas Garnier

     Technical Evangelist,                                Senior UX, UI at                       Developer Evangelist


             Aya Sadder                                            Candice Taylor                                 Hicham Ezzahid    Programs & Partnerships Manager   Sustainability & Corporate     Regional Engagement       of The Sustainability Platform         Responsibility Program Manager              Manager @ Ericsson

                                                                            @ Ericsson

      Wael El Zanaty       Vice President, Good News Digital Solutions, UAE

             Jean-Luc Schere                               Rekha Setpal

            Innovation Coach                           Startups Champion


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