After the success of Decode Dubai, Dubai Internet City and In5 have come again with Decode Dubai 2. This time, it is with collaboration with Smart City App Hack that will be held in Barcelona. Participants will be judged based on relevance to the 5 themes (Collaborative City, Energy & Emission, Culture & Tourism, Shopping & Retail, Urban Mobility), UI/UX, scalability, ability to get a product online within 48 hours, and the usage of the sponsored tools, MasterCard and FIWARE API’s. Judges understand that 48 hours is not enough to have a complete product up and ready, however, they are looking for the ability to provide a live demo of your product within the limited period. Winners are expected to be willing to work on their Idea over the next three months.
The first day started with an hour of networking and getting to know the crowd. Participants signed up at the Knowledge Village Conference Center, and started introducing themselves to each other. Participants were given color-coded nametags, differentiating the developers, designers and idea presenters. As every hackathon begins, there is usually a high demand for one category, and for Decode Dubai II, it was for Designers. After an hour of networking, all participants went into the main hall to start the event. The Startups event-hosting icon, Nabil Al Sayed, took stage and brought life to the kicking-off. He was followed by Ammar Malek, head of Business Development for Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone, Prashant (PK) Gulati, Founder of The Assembly, and Mohammed Qadadeh, VP Government Services & Solutions at Master Card. The speakers introduced the event, conditions, and concepts and then the pitching kicked off.
The pitching started off with a great lively vibe. Pitchers took the stage, giving their idea, purpose, and what members they are looking for. They had one minute to pitch, and they had to present an idea that targeted at least one of the five themes. After all pitchers finished, teams started forming. As participants started to find out more about the pitched ideas, teams were being established and headed to In5 to start their work. That is when the hacking begins!
Out of the pitches, 41 teams were created and those fall under the following categories:
13 Collaborative City
2 Energy & Emission
8 Culture & Tourism
13 Shopping & Retail
5 Urban Mobility
The teams were assigned areas to work in, and are given the liberty to use the facilities overnight. We were impressed to see 12 groups actually spend the night at the In5 villa, eager to complete their ideas.
We wish all the teams the best of luck, and Happy Coding!