Deadline to apply: November 30.
This year, RiseUp is joining hands with Dubai CommerCity to launch a hackathon taking place during RiseUp Summit 2019, between December 5th to 7th. The call for applicants has started, teams of three to six members can apply before November 30th via RiseUp's website.
The top three teams are in for a chance to bag up to $15,000 in awards, as well as mentorship and training opportunities to fully form their ideas before presenting. The competition is open for e-commerce enthusiasts and tech-savvy attendees looking to up their game and address the challenges in the e-commerce industry. The first-place cash prize is $7,000, with $5,000 and $3,000 for second and third place, respectively. In addition to receiving free access to the RiseUp Summit 2019, the participants of the Hackathon will enjoy a variety of other benefits that further ensure digital inclusivity in the e-commerce industry.
The Hackathon aims to enable innovators and entrepreneurs to design and create solutions that further promote e-commerce accessibility in the industry, that is currently lacking digital inclusion, as well as promoting sustainable solutions through digital accessibility and awareness. Furthermore, it will provide an environment that stimulates technological innovation and progressive scalability in the ever-growing industry.
As a partner in this competition, RiseUp's participation in the Hackathon will create a promising pathway for e-commerce startups to make their entry into the startup's network of entrepreneurial resources in the region. Dubai CommerCity is the first free zone dedicated to e-commerce in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The project will accelerate the growth of the e-commerce market which is expected to reach $20 billion in 2020 in the GCC countries.
Earlier this month, RiseUp paired up with Dutch-based organisation, Hivos to launch a Green Hackathon competition across multiple governorates in Egypt. Teams of innovators in industrial ecology, alternative energy and agri-business across Cairo, Alexandria and Assiut, respectively, have competed for a chance to win 100,000 EGP each. The first phase of the competition took place back in October where teams went through the ideation process and received online and in-person mentorship. The second phase of prototyping also successfully concluded with a finale of each participating team presenting their prototypes to a panel of esteemed judges from energy-tech startup Solariz, capital firm Raya Holding and RiseUp.
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