What is the DEWA Student Hackathon?

DEWA Student Hackathon is an event where individuaks or teams, consisting of students compete with each other to produce mobile apps or solutions on a selected theme of their choice around Sustainability, Stakeholder Happiness and Technology.


Who can participate?

DEWA Student Hackathon registrations are open to all University students in UAE. A team of two is a prerequisite for registration. We recommend having at least one strong developer who has expertise in developing mobile or web apps. Seasoned mentors will be available during the event to guide you over 24 hours.


How can we register as a team?

Register on Eventbrite using the following link clicking ‘Register as a Group’ and complete the form.


What is an ideal team size?

The ideal team can be a 2 to a maximum of 5 students. We encourage you to have at least 2 people in a team and maximum 5 in order to create a good balance and help brainstorm ideas with the team members.


We have never developed a web or mobile app or any software or hardware Solution, but think we can. Can we participate?

Yes you can participate. Our goal is to bring together a diverse set of tech minds and ideagenerators to a single platform, providing the best overall experience.


What deliverables are expected in the competition?

A working demo of a web or mobile app or hardware developed on the theme that you have chosen to work on is required.


When will the DEWA Student Hackathon take place and what are the timings?

7-8 April 2017, Registration Starts 8am on 7th April and event ends at 6pm on 8th. 


Where is the venue? How can we get there?

Raffles Dubai - Bur Dubai. Here is the Google Maps link.


 How much does it cost to attend?

Attendance is FREE for pre-registered and onsite registered individuals or teams. Food and refreshments will be provided during the event days by DEWA.


What documents should be submitted for the event?

Students need original Emirates ID or passport and Student ID to be displayed during the event check-in process.


What should participants bring to the event?

  • Open mind to ideate and build an awesome prototype.
  • Laptops with necessary software and application development tools and IDE to build web or mobile apps as well as your own hardware kit
  • Power Extension Cables, we will provide power at each desk.
  • Notepads, Papers and other stationary for brainstorming.

Each team will be given a designated workspace with power outlets and WIFI


What are the prizes?

There are cash prizes of AED 10,000/- per winning team per category.

Every participant will receive a certificate of participation.


Can we stay overnight?

The venue is currently being arranged to be kept open throughout the event. Dinner will be served until 9pm, coffee, tea & snacks will be provided. Mentors and Volunteers are available 24 hours of the event.


I can’t stay entire 24 hours, can I still participate?

Yes, you can. But we strongly encourage you to be present during the DEWA Student Hackathon time..Hackathon is all about being together, code, learn and have some fun. You may consider going home to take a quick shower or short sleep.


What happens if I don't have a team? How do I join a team at the event?

You may still join us at 8am on the first day of Hackathon. You may compete as an individual, or our volunteers will assist you in identifying a team who is ready to consider you as a participant based on your skillset. We’ll do our best to match people up beforehand. You can also try to find a team at the event itself. Please arrive early to leave some time for networking.


What options are available for participants to have some fun during Hackathon?

We encourage you to show your creative skillset and perform or play a musical instrument at the hackathon. This will help break away from the rigours of the hackathon and breathe some new energy in you and the participants.


What is the judging process and how judging works?

After 24 hours of non-stop coding, a set of pre-screening judges consists of industry experts and startup entrepreneurs will review your concept and code to shortlist top teams. Shortlisted teams will pitch to jury on stage, where the winner in each category of Sustainability, Stakeholder Happiness, Technology will be announced.


What is the dress code?

Smart Casual or Casual dresscode.