Lebanon Hacks 2020
Join the Lebanon Response Hack to develop and launch solutions to help Lebanon at this critical time, learn, get mentorship, and win cash support for your initiative. Join us on October 8-11, 2020!
When is the registration period?
The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 7. Please make sure to register every person of your team as an individual. Start by registering your team and then proceed to register every team member using the forms below.
Make sure to select your team from the dropdown when registering as an individual. If you don't have a team yet, please select Seeking a Team from the dropdown.
Rules of the hackathon
Hackathons are endurance events of the mind and the body, with fantastically brilliant people from all walks of life getting together to create an idea and build it into an awesome product or prototype in an intense and short period of time. If that sounds exciting for you, boom you’re in the right place!
The main reason we do hackathons is to solve problems that no one else can in a very short amount of time. So whether that is creating a new product, piece of technology, software, or even idea to get the ball rolling, you ultimately want to create something that impacts people’s lives in a positive way.
Who can participate?
At all hackathons, you will definitely find a mix of developers, data scientists, and programmers on board, but it’s not all about the tech whizzes of the world. Entrepreneurs and designers are a massive part of what makes a fantastic product — because it’s not an impactful product if it’s just code and no way to pitch it.
To build a team you first need to know what you’re going to be creating over the hackathon because it wouldn’t be good if you had a team building a product that uses AI to analyze data without a data scientist on board! So once the ideas have been voted and chosen, the teams are built around the needs of each project.
INVITATION TO EXPERTS, MENTORS, and TRAINERS: Register by October 7.
We are looking for mentors and experts with different backgrounds, including: Mental health and wellbeing, crisis communications, IT (software and hardware), law/public policy, economics, online/data security, design/UX/UI, soft skills coaching (like public speaking, collaboration, etc), data science, and social sciences. Should you want to make your expertise available to participants during the hackathon, please register as a facilitator/mentor, and we’ll work to match you with relevant teams.
INVITATION TO PARTNERS: Register by October 7.
Are you representing a company or an organization that would like to support the hackathon, or help support the solutions developed during it? Get in touch! The hackathon represents a starting point for what we hope will be an ongoing participatory process through which we want to create collaborative solutions for the challenges we are facing, and then perhaps other relevant challenges beyond that.
What are the prizes?
1-month of follow-on project mentorship, plus $5000 in cash awards, divided to have maximum impact on projects coming out of the Hackathon.
We’re inviting others to give additional donations to increase the cash awards to teams and in-kind awards.
You will need to present your creative and hard work through (1) a prototype or demo of a prototype, and (2) a 3-minute pitch to present your solution in a sustainable business model.
Clearly addresses problem & Market Validation
Clear Value Proposition
Demonstrates clear customer understanding and empathy, and targets a specific pain, or problem for them.
The business model is feasible and can generate revenue.
The solution is scalable across markets.
The product or service demo clearly exhibits the functionality.
Team member backgrounds are clear, fitting with the roles and responsibilities needed to take the idea forward.