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Ericsson Launches Hackathon To Boost Innovation In The UAE

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) declares the launch of its Together Apart Hackathon under the patronage of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Economy, which taking place between April 22nd, 2021 to March 31st, 2022. The Hackathon strives to stimulate the journey towards a more united future and solving worldwide challenges.

The Together Apart Hackathon endeavours to draw new approaches and excite innovations in the end verticals, by employing the innovators, disruptors and inventive individuals of the UAE to develop technology-based solutions arranged to the UAE vision 2021 presenting the power of 5G.

Participants will seek to discover innovative solutions in the six broad themes of UAE’s Vision 2021 – World Class Healthcare and Wellbeing, First Rate Education System: The Ease Of Learning and Access to Education – future of education, Competitive Knowledge And Digital Economy, Sustainable Environment And Infrastructure, Safe Public and Fair Judiciary, and Cohesive Society and Preserved Identity Transcending Physical Borders.

The Hackathon is open to all expert developers, programmers, engineers, designers, technopreneurs, university students and inventive people from all private and public institutions based in the UAE. The program kicks off with a request for plans starting today, wherein enthusiastic participants can register online to submit their pitches. Top five ideas from each theme will be shortlisted to compete in the hackathon.

Along with this, webinars will be conveyed to invigorate, educate and equip the participants with the required talents for the idea development beginning April 22nd. These webinars will be open to the public, and registration is available on the following link: https://www.ericsson.com/en/events/together-apart-hackathon. In addition, a prominent group of speakers will engage in the event, where appropriate topics will be discussed to invigorate innovators and change-makers in the nation.

H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises, announced that the launch of this innovative Hackathon serves as an excellent and profitable example of the well-established partnership among the public and the private sector in promoting and developing an innovation atmosphere in the country, particularly by linking it to the purposes of the national agenda for the UAE Vision 2021.

It is expected that a wide range of essential areas will serve from the innovative plans that will be presented and performed by this great event. His Excellency emphasized the Ministry of Economy’s assistance of this leading event for Ericsson and will extend its efforts to support the numerous efforts made by the private sector in many innovative fields.

His Excellency added: “Innovation is a crucial part and an incentive of the UAE economy and its ideas for future financial and social improvement. Encouraging innovators to discuss and explain the most suitable technological solutions and creative ideas will add to producing a prosperous atmosphere for the change to a different level of a data economy based on inventions, creativity, information and communication technology, and research and development activities. For people and companies, we, at the Ministry of Economy, are interested in sponsoring and supporting such preceding actions and events, which can improve the state of the UAE as a destination for creators and inspire residents and citizens to setup innovation-based companies in the UAE in many areas, particularly in the areas of the new economics that help the growth targets of the UAE.”

Vice President and Head of Gulf Council Countries at Ericsson, Wojciech Bajda, says: “Ericsson is delighted to help UAE’s concept by performing a pivotal role in sparking innovation in the nation. The Hackathon is being inspired by Ericsson’s UAE Innovation Hub and is proof of the company’s firm dedication to the UAE and towards stimulating the journey of digital conversion in the nation. We are sure that this Hackathon will give a platform to support the most immeasurable talents in the nation to come forward to produce solutions for the advantage of the UAE. The UAE’s digital development corresponds with our intention to stimulate technological progress and expedite sustainable growth in the nation. We also propose to accomplish with the winners to transform their plans into reality.”

A total of six winning teams will be taken – one winning team from each centre region in UAE Vision 2021. The six winning teams will get help in examining their solutions and will also be provided with an opportunity to present their solutions at the Swedish Pavilion in Expo2020. One team will get the grand prize to visit Ericsson’s headquarters in Sweden to pitch the team’s solution and communicate with the entrepreneurial society.

Head of Innovation, Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Maya Moukbel says: “This is an interesting moment and initiative for the Ericsson Innovation Hub in the UAE. From the Innovation Hub we will drive the Together Apart Hackathon to tap into the talent here in the UAE to build and encourage thoughts and solutions that will develop the UAE’s digital landscape. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and communications infrastructure is a necessary element in the digital goals of the nation and the Innovation Hub UAE will bring collectively a broad ecosystem to guide the ways in which we can make the country further together.”

How To Register For Event

Event Name: Ericsson UAE Together Apart Hackathon.
Registration Deadline: 3 June
Event Dates: 10-12 June
Location: Online
Link To Register: https://ultrahack.org/ericsson-together-apart-hackathon-uae?utm_source=sabuae&utm_medium=paid&utm_campaign=ericsson-uae

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