Lebanon Response Hackathon

October 9-11, 2020 - Demo Day: Oct 13

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!

What is the challenge?

The Lebanon Response Hack will focus on idea stage and early-stage social impact enterprises, non-profits, or civic initiatives that are leveraging digital tools to address key challenges in Lebanon, whether related to the Beirut Blast, COVID19 pandemic, the refugee crisis, or the deep economic and social challenges in the country.

When is the registration period?

The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 7
> Apply as an individual (link form to be embedded)
> Apply as a team (link form to be embedded)


Join us for the online demo day on Tuesday, October 13 from 5 to 7 PM


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.

Apply as an individual

Apply as a team

Register as an individualRegister as a team
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.

Challenge Categories

Wellbeing and Healing

Supporting projects that can help support personal and community healing, including efforts to improve clinical support, or pre-clinical interventions such as games for trauma and healing, workshops, children's books, comics, meditation guides, etc.

Improve Crisis Response Coordination

Projects to help improve information, awareness, communications, and coordination, especially if linked to a particular official cluster or sector, or broad open collaboration. Particular interest in efforts that help with the current situation, plus also improve preparedness for future crises.

Projects to support struggling businesses

Could be guides, online networking events, help businesses connect with clients abroad, etc; including businesses affected by the blast, economic crisis, or COVID

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.


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.

What is the agenda?

  1. DAY 1: Friday, October 9

    Introduction and setting the stage.
    Identify the biggest needs and problems.
    Get into working.
  2. DAY 2: Saturday, October 10

    Creating a pitch deck.
    Pitch Practice.
  3. DAY 3: Sunday, October 11

    Refining pitch with mentors
  4. DEMO DAY: Tuesday, October 13

    Pitching and networking

Judging Criteria

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.

Idea Validation

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.

Who are the judges?