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A Cyprus- Lebanon Hackathon
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A Cyprus- Lebanon Hackathon
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A Cyprus- Lebanon Hackathon
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A Cyprus- Lebanon Hackathon

asd Hackathon Themes

Images and videos of the devastating explosion in Beirut on 4 August has left everyone around the globe speechless and in shock. But where has it left the Lebanese people? Lebanon was already trying to curb the spread of the corona virus and overcome the economic crisis, and this tragic event has made things even more difficult. Inspired by the various initiatives to help Lebanon in this time of crisis, we invite you to join #BridgesOfSolidarity – a Digital Hackathon aiming to join forces between young Cypriot and Lebanese members of the technological, innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems of the two neighboring countries. This initiative is led by the Youth Board of Cyprus and the Asher Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACIE) of The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) and has the support of important members of the two innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems and highlights the feelings and actions of solidarity and collaboration between the people of Cyprus and Lebanon. The participants are asked to create innovative solutions for the Lebanese community under the overarching theme of Disaster Recovery. Join designers, developers, individuals, professionals and entrepreneurs in an effort focused on elevating ideas and creating space for innovators to come together at a time of crisis and strife.

Coordinating of
Aid

Unprecedented levels of turmoil in Lebanon have left thousands in need of aid. The world, despite the pandemic it is experiencing, has responded to the Lebanese peoples’ call for help. How could global humanitarian aid responses be coordinated towards achieving the best possible outcome? How could overlapping of efforts and resources be avoided? Is there a way that all efforts can be brought together so that Lebanon can recover as soon as possible? How can the right aid be directed to address the right need?

Bringing community together

Natural catastrophes have always brought the world together: earthquakes, devastating fires and floods, and even man-caused tragic events, such as the explosion on August 4. Besides sending funds, rescue crews and first aid to the Lebanese, the world can offer help by sharing ideas, expertise, and know-how. Virtual bridges can be constructed in order to help the Lebanese face the financial, social and political impediment it faces. Solidarity can be the answer to the rhetoric of hatred and alienation the 21st century is experiencing.

Rehabilitation and Construction

It has been more than a month since the city of Beirut has been lying in ruins, infrastructure has been demolished and thousands are homeless and in need. How could technology and new ideas assist the construction work that has already begun? How could a better city be reborn out of the ashes of ruins? How can efforts already in place be improved so that “the child can surpass the parent”?

This is a digital hackathon that is constructing “bridges of solidarity” across the Mediterranean

Join us to be part of this initiative that is brining Cypriots and Lebanese together in an effort to face the crisis in Lebanon.

3 Days

You will be joining a 3 Days Hackathon

€15K

A cash prize of 5.000€ will be awarded to the first team of each of the three themes.

3 Themes

Coordinating of Aid, Bringing community together, Rehabilitation and Construction

2 Countries

This is the 1st joined Hackathon between Cyprus and Lebanon

asd Hackathon Rules

OVERARCHING RULE: Your project needs to tackle an issue related 

to the crisis in Lebanon as described in the “About” section of this website.

Teams

  1. Team size <= 5 people – Yes, 1 person teams are allowed.
  2. Stay at home and collaborate remotely with your teammates.
  3.  University students are welcome.
  4. A team can submit only one entry for the hackathon. Participation at the hackathon is subjected on a “per-team” basis meaning you are not allowed to be on more than one team at the event.

Ideas

  1. Bring your idea and any code you have from before.
  2. You can use any technology (hardware or software) along with any programming language.
  3. You can design, sketch, conceptualize and write code beforehand.
  4. Teams can work on ideas that have already been done. Hacks do not have to be “innovative”. If somebody wants to work on a common idea they should be allowed to do so and should be judged on the quality of their hack.

Ownership:

You will have full ownership & IP of whatever you build.

Code of Behaviour

Unacceptable behavior as described in the code of conduct will not be tolerated and the person will be removed from all channels and social media related to the event

Project submission

To submit your project, you must provide a short description of your idea, a GitHub repository link and if possible access to your working demo.

What happens next?

  1. The organisers, sponsors and supporters of the event will watch the videos and if they believe that your project is tackling the issues described in the “Themes” section of this website, will contact you and will provide the necessary help and resources so that they can come to life.
  2. Prizes will be given to teams solely for the purpose of developing and implementing the idea which has been awarded the prize

asd Prizes

The winning team of each of the three categories/themes will receive a cash award of 5.000 euros!

Lodging

2 nights, all paid lodging at one of Chouf's hottest guesthouses



Co-working Space Access

3 months access to a hot desk at Park Innovation's co-working space in Chouf

Prototyping and Co-Working Space

Free Access to Prototyping tools at the Youth Makerspace and free co-working space at Youth Makerspace.

Access To Investment Board

Coworking space access for 6 months, mentoring, design thinking training, prototyping, access to the investment and advisory board shared by Mr. Carlos Ghosn

Prototyping

Access to the FabLab (Lebanon) for Prototyping including a ticket of up to 1000$ in consultancy, machine use, and consultancy. The prize will be awarded to any of the top 3 winners if they have a physical prototype to develop.

Hackathon Website_64x64_ticketasd Register Now

Please fill in the form to express your interest in participating to the hackathon.

People who want to join but do not have a team, can also apply and the Organizing Team will match them to other existing teams or form teams with individuals from both countries.

Although it is not obligatory, join forces with people from Lebanon or Cyprus, so you can have members from both countries in your team!

3 Days

Ideate
Form Teams
Develop
Pitch

Hackathon Website_64x64_participantsasd Hackathon Winners

The joint Cyprus-Lebanon Hackathon was a huge success, with a total of 60 participants and 18 teams. The ideas generated were indeed innovative and creative so the jury’s decision on the winners was not an easy one to take.

Below are the three teams that were awarded a 5.000 euro prize by the organizers of the competition.

 

Thank you all for being part of this amazing experience! And remember, solidarity can be the answer to the hardships of the 21st century.

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ModuBlox

Hackathon Challenge
Rehabilitation and Construction

Modublox is a shelter strategy, based on a modular construction system, created with blocks made of recycled materials that consist of debris gathered from the site. It allows people to stay within their homes, which therefore enhances their mental health, sense of belonging, productivity, and most importantly preserving their dignity.

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LumiVerre

Hackathon Challenge
Rehabilitation and Construction

Eco responsible project aiming to recycle and reuse glass in aesthetic and functional lighting fixtures.

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MedGira

Hackathon Challenge
Bringing Community together

MedGira is a web-based platform that connects Lebanese healthcare providers with medical tourists from all around the world offering them tailored package deals to fit their medical travel needs. Thus reviving and supporting healthcare and tourism sectors in Lebanon as a long term solution for its economy deterioration

asd Testimonials

The past 20 annual hackathons we’ve had involved approximately 30 000 people. They all have something nice to say!
testi1

Mainly I work with Mozilla’s Rust & Google Go. This means that this hackathon is a perfect occasion for me to show my skills and emerge a winner!

John Wootzie
UI / UX Designer
testi2

As far as the list of all of my top favourite coding lingos goes, it includes both the JavaScript, C++ and C#, just as well as Nvidia’s CUDA and some other…

Mary Hackney
Project Manager
testi3

Finding out about this whole hackathon thing was a pure chance and luck, because it was one of my friends who referred me here for the first time.

Marcus Mills
Front-end Developer
testi1

Mainly I work with Mozilla’s Rust & Google Go. This means that this hackathon is a perfect occasion for me to show my skills and emerge a winner!

John Wootzie
UI / UX Designer
testi2

As far as the list of all of my top favourite coding lingos goes, it includes both the JavaScript, C++ and C#, just as well as Nvidia’s CUDA and some other…

Mary Hackney
Project Manager
testi3

Finding out about this whole hackathon thing was a pure chance and luck, because it was one of my friends who referred me here for the first time.

Marcus Mills
Front-end Developer

Hackathon Website_64x64_scheduleasd Schedule

We will be streaming the event on Facebook! Make sure to follow our page to stay updated.

Before
The Event

Register! You can also meet online on the Bridges of solidarity slack and join the #bridgesofsolidarity prep group to meet, exchange ideas and form teams (registration open until Wednesday 21/10 12 noon).

Friday
23 October

19:00 – 20:00
Hackathon.liveStream (Opening “ceremony”, Themes, Sponsors, Procedure, Rules);
20:30 – 21:00
Hackathon.setup (Join Slack, Form Channels/teams, Connect with mentors on slack);
21:00 – 23:59
Hackathon.begin (begin hacking);

Saturday
24 October

00:00 - 10:00 Hackathon.continue(continue hacking);
10:00
Hackathon.submit (Submit the ideas you are working on);
10:00 - 12:00
Hackathon.continue (continue hacking, talk with mentors over slack);
12:00 - 13:00
Figma tutorial
15:00 – 16:00
Let’s meet the teams (5’min introduction per team)
18:00 – 19:00
Let’s meet the teams – Part 2
19:00 - 20:30
Hackathon.continue (continue hacking, talk with mentors over slack);
20:30 - 23:59
Hackathon.continue (continue hacking);

Sunday
25 October

00:00 - 10:00
Hackathon.continue (continue hacking);
10:00 - 16:00
Hackathon.continue (continue hacking, talk with mentors over slack);
17:30
Hackathon.submit (keyboards down, submit your project);
17:30 - 18:00
Get ready to pitch
18:00 - 19:30
Pitches.liveStream (3 minutes pitch - 2 minutes Q&A/ per team);
19:30 - 20:00
Closing “ceremony”, thank you moment Judges deliberation and announcements
20:00
Hackathon.ends (party at home, stay safe);

asd Jury & Mentors

asd FAQ

Hackathons are events where people compete to build interesting technical projects in just over 40 hours. People come together, form teams, brainstorm, share ideas, and help each other build awesome things. 

All skill levels are highly welcome, so do not be intimidated if you don’t feel you are not a coding expert!

Same as a hackathon, but instead of taking place in a physical venue, it happens online. COVID-19 we all need to stay home but online collaboration has never been a problem for the people in tech.

Everyone, as long as he/she has great ideas, a team-spirit and lots of energy! Just play by the rules set out for this hackathon and you’ll have nothing to worry about!

Nope! You’re welcome to make a team before the event, but people without a team can register. At the start of the event, we will help everyone find or form a team. Ideally, we want to act as a bridge (pan intended) between participants from Cyprus and participants from Lebanon so teams will have members from both countries. After all, this is the purpose of this Hackathon itself, to bring Cypriot and Lebanese people together!

The very notion of a Hackathon is to create a working prototype at the end of the 2-days duration. Ideas are always nice to have and they are the fuel that drives us forward, but ideas without a working prototype won’t be accepted.

You need not worry about such trifle issues. It is our job to keep in with everyone and update our social media with feeds from the work all the teams will be doing. 

Teams are also encouraged to regularly post updates on both Slack and social media, so that the rest of the teams know what everyone is working on. 

Finally, at the end of the hackathon, we will publish all videos of the projects of teams that give consent of having their job/material made public.

Social Index (40%): Did the team solve a particular problem? How big will be the positive social impact of the solution?
 
Technical Viability/Difficulty/Innovation (20%): Technically impressive. Did the technology involve AI, Big Data, Interface, etc?

Scalability (20%): Insightful valuation that this prototype or MVP (Minimum Viable Product) is viable for local business and scaling.

Team/Presentation/Collaboration (20%): Multidisciplinarity of the team. Did the team present their idea in a good way? Did they work well together? Did all members have a role? Did the team had members from both countries?

Organizers

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Partners

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