R8 Humanitarian Technologies Hackathon


The IEEE Region 8 Humanitarian Technologies Hackathon is meant to foster competition amongst different R8 members, through their solutions to specific humanitarian needs around SDGs in the Region. In groups of 2-4, participants are encouraged to solve a given real-world humanitarian challenge and develop technology-driven solutions, that will allow them to build their teamwork skills and network with like-minded students, young professionals, and mentors. Submissions will consist of a short proposal showing evidence of how each solution could be achieved, accompanied by a short video encapsulating the essence of the proposed solution.



Deadline: 7 May 2024


The teams will be asked to propose solutions in the following areas (challenges):

  • Quality Education (SDG 4)
  • Clean Water & Sanitation (SDG 6)
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (SDG 9) – focusing on ICT and Digital Connectivity

The proposed solutions will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Effectiveness & Collaboration
  • Innovation & Originality
  • Sustainability & Finance
  • Presentation

Participation Eligibility

  • Only requirement to have an amazing idea!
  • Students, Graduate Students, and Young Professionals from Region 8 Only [Middle East, Africa and Europe] can participate.
  • Participants should be in teams of 2-4 members.
  • At least one of the team members to be a SIGHT member and one to be registered in the IEEE R8 SYP Congress.
  • Each team must be linked to one OU (SIGHT Group / Section / Student Branch).
  • Each team can submit solutions to all different challenges, but only the best one counts.
  • One representative per team should register and fill in details of other team members.

Winning Rewards

The best five (5) solutions are expected to be presented during the Hackathon Day in-person during the IEEE R8 SYP Congress! Their teams will receive a certificate, while the affiliated OUs of the best three (3) teams will be granted with a seed funding in order to host humanitarian technologies and sustainable development activities. Special seed funding rewards may be granted to the best solutions of each challenge. More details about winning rewards will be provided closer to the Hackathon Day!

Important Dates

  • Registration deadline: May 7th
  • Notification of qualified teams: before May 14th
  • Training of qualified teams: before May 21st
  • Challenge selection: before May 21st
  • Solutions submission: before May 28th
  • Finalists announcement: before May 31st
  • Hackathon Day: July 15th to 19th