AngelHack Dubai Hackathon 2018

DTEC Technohub 1,2, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority,
Near Premier Inn Hotel، Dubai Silicon Oasis
Dubai – United Arab Emirates
August 3rd – August 4th

AngelHack’s Global Hackathon Series 2018

Every year, AngelHack adventures across the globe for our yearly Global Hackathon Series. Over the course of Summer 2018, we’ll hit six continents, bridging the gap between Silicon Valley innovation and entrepreneurs all over the world.

This year’s theme? Seamless Technology. Hackathons are built for rapid innovation, and rapid isn’t always pretty. But no matter the roadblock, broken code or bumps, we continue on and push forward, together. There’s no boundary or limit to what we can create.

So join us! Create something cool. Meet great people. Win great prizes. Who knows, your founder journey may begin at the DTEC in Dubai!

Want to add a challenge / prize to this hackathon? Contact for more info. 

Challenges & Prizes

We offer our own Grand Prize AND team up with awesome sponsors who have their own challenges and prizes you can go after. Aiming for the HACKcelerator invite? Only in it for some cool hardware? Good news, you can go for as many challenges as you want!

AngelHack Challenge: Challenge yourself and your entrepreneurial spirit. Make something innovative without limits, something that brings positive change to the world, even something that solves a small problem. It’s that simple.

AngelHack Prize: The winning team from each hackathon will receive an invite into AngelHack’s HACKcelerator program.

Code For A Cause Impact Award Challenge: Build technology that solves a social or environmental problem and positively impacts your local community.

Code For A Cause Impact Award Prize: One Impact Award will be given out at each event. At the end of the Global Hackathon Series, the top Impact Award projects will be chosen by an expert judging panel including; Chan Zuckerberg, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; and more. These top five teams will receive an official invite into the HACKcelerator.

Challenge: Get ready for Call for Code with this preliminary challenge to improve logistics based on traffic and weather activity. Create an application that helps build resilient communities, and safeguards the health and well-being of individuals and institutions. Use the IBM Code Patterns  for inspiration to kickstart your solutions or build your idea and services provided by IBM Cloud (

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In-Person: $1,000 to be split amongst the winning team

$100 AWS credits to all attendees (Note: Takes up to 48 hours to receive credits):

Hurify Open Challenge @ 2018 AngelHack Global Hackathons: Think you are not an Internet of Things developer? Think again! Whether your interests are Mobile App Development, Web Development, Machine Learning, Embedded Systems, AI, Servers, Databases, or VR, you have something to contribute to IoT and the IoT community needs you!

Hurify Digital Markets is sponsoring the Hurify Open Challenge. Open an account on and post your project to your user profile for a chance at our prize of 28,000 HUR tokens (approximately $5000 in value on the Marketplace), which can be held or spent on hardware at the Hurify Platform Marketplace. Hurify Digital Markets is a Blockchain-Driven IoT Ecosystem open to all developers. All projects are welcome to compete. Special consideration will be given to projects which utilize any combination of Cloud Services, Analytics, Machine Learning, Mobile Devices, or Internet of Things.

Prize: US$5,000 Equivalent HUR Tokens to be split amongst the winning team in each city. Can be kept for future use or converted to hardware from via the Hurify Marketplace.


  • Free annual membership at the Dubai Business Women Council to the female winner and female runner up (women 21 and over eligible)
  • Access to the Dubai Business Women Council mentorship programme for 6 months beginning October 2018 (for 1 female 21 and over)

Prize: $5,000 for the overall AngelHack winner sponsored by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and DTEC

Virtual Idea validation, incubation, direct consumer and early adopter reach, detailed competitor analysis, prototype support, training workshops, idea marketing and access to business development leads.

Sign up at to kickstart your idea.

Stay Tuned for More Prizes to Come!

Who can hack?

All ages, genders, and skill levels are welcome. Come solo or in a team of up to five, and spend the weekend learning new skills, meeting your local tech community and tech sponsors, enjoying free food, and more.

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

Want to get involved in another way? We’re always open to chat with potential sponsors, mentors, and judges! Just email info (at) to get connected.

AngelHack Hackathon Rules

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

1. Fresh Code – We all start coding at the same time. 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 may 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 – You own your IP and whatever you create. Simple as that.

4. Team Size – No more than five people.

5. Submissions – Each hackathon has its individual hackathon.iopage where projects need to be submitted by the designated time. You’ll receive an email with instructions on how to do just that.

6. Demos – You’ll have 2 minutes to demo the functionality of your project and talk through your idea, and 1 minute for Q&A from judges.

7. Be cool to your fellow hackers! Check out our Code of Conduct.


How is the hackathon judged?
Projects will be judged based on the following criteria, with a total of 5 points per criteria:

  • Fundability: How fundable is this idea? Is there potential for a sustainable business model?
  • Execution: How well was the project executed and explained? Did it work?
  • UI/UX: Beyond design, was the end-to-end user experience for the solution considered?
  • Originality: How original, creative or unique is the idea?
  • Scalability: How scalable is the solution? Will it make an impact?

Know someone who would make a great judge of awesomeness and innovation? Nominate them (or yourself!) at info@angelhack (dot) com


August 3rd
9:00 AM : Doors Open & Breakfast
10:00 AM : Opening Ceremony, Sponsor Welcomes, & Team Building
11:00 AM : Team Formation and Coding Kick Off
1:00 PM : Lunch
2:00 – 3:00 PM: IBM Call for Code workshop
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM : Sponsor Breakout Sessions
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM : Business and Tech Mentors Available
7:00 PM : Dinner
8:00 PM : Pitch Workshop

August 4th
9:00 AM : Breakfast
10:00 AM : Mandatory pitch practice session with mentors for all teams and A/V Check
1:00 PM : Lunch
2:00 PM : Code Freeze & Submission Deadline on
3:00 PM : Demos
5:00 PM : Winners are Announced / Prizes!


  • Russell Murphy
    Russell Murphy COO of Hurify
  • Almasa F. Alunni
    Almasa F. Alunni Dubai Business Woman Council
  • Muhammad Bilal Awan
    Muhammad Bilal Awan Manager Digital Technology, Accenture
  • Mohamed Hegazy
    Mohamed Hegazy Watson & Cloud Leader, IBM
  • Aya Sadder
    Aya Sadder Incubator Manager, INTELAK
  • Sudipt Shah
    Sudipt Shah Founder and CEO of Digital of Things
  • Hans Henrik Christensen
    Hans Henrik Christensen Vice President, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority


  • Muhammad Azeem
    Muhammad Azeem Muhammad Azeem
  • Saurav Koli
    Saurav Koli App Developer
  • Muhammed Nigil
    Muhammed Nigil AngelHack Ambassador
  • Amaan Kulshreshtha
    Amaan Kulshreshtha Web Developer, Accenture


  • Patrick Rogers
    Patrick Rogers Co-Founder & Principal, Support Legal
  • Arthur Guest
    Arthur Guest CTO and Entrepreneur in Residence, Support Legal
  • Nitin Bhalla
    Nitin Bhalla Founder, Kregzo
  • Leanne Dsouza
    Leanne Dsouza Web Developer, Accenture
  • Madi Aldabergenov
    Madi Aldabergenov Executive Innovation, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
  • Vinay Ramkumar
    Vinay Ramkumar Investment Analyst, BECO Capital
  • Naiyarah Adeeba Hussain
    Naiyarah Adeeba Hussain Developer Experience Leader, UAE, IBM
  • Mahitab Hassan
    Mahitab Hassan IBM Cloud Developer Experience Advocate, IBM
  • Kunal Malhotra
    Kunal Malhotra Cloud Developer and Advocate, IBM
  • Mehak Manwani
    Mehak Manwani Cloud Developer Advocate, IBM


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