United Nation Development Program Hackathon

What is a Hackathon?

A Hackathon is a meeting of minds, backgrounds and skills all working together to come up with an innovative tech-based approach to solve an existing problem that falls into one of the SDG goals.

Hackathon period: 3 Days

Hackathon dates:

Day 1: Thu, 3rd of October 2019, 9:00 - 17:00 - Problem Definition

Day 2: Fri, 4th of October 2019, 9:00 - 17:-00 - Free time to work

Day 3:  Sat, 5th th of October 2019, 9:00 - 17:00 - Pitching competition

Hackathon Location : Brinc Batelco IoT Hub


What is the hackathon objective?

We are inviting individuals and teams of makers, marketers, technologists, developers and business oriented innovators to collaborate and develop the next generation of Tech solution for SDG goals in a three day intensive hackathon at Brinc Batelco’s IoT hub, one of the most innovative spaces in Bahrain, where you will have access to mentors, guidance and a chance to attend the Youth Leadership Programme’s Regional workshop.

The Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) was launched in 2015 as an initiative to build the region’s most dynamic network working at the intersection of youth, innovation and sustainable development. YLP aims to build a generation of young leaders, thinkers, innovators and change-makers in the Arab region to become drivers for social change and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda. UNDP partnered with youth-serving organizations in countries across the Arab region to host national activities designed to support and empower a diverse set of young women and men change-makers, as they design, implement and scale innovative, impactful and sustainable development solutions. In addition, a regional event will be held to launch and support the programme, bringing together youth, youth-serving organizations, policy makers and relevant stakeholders from across the region. UNDP has partnered with AIESEC, Ayadi, Brinc, Youth Pioneer Society and the Ministry of Youth and Sport Affairs to deliver YLP this year.

The UNDP is the UN global development network, working in 177 countries and territories. In the Kingdom of Bahrain, UNDP provides technical support and assistance to national institutions and civil society towards achieving national priorities and addressing local challenges. UNDP assistance includes the building of systems and capacities within the public sector and the parliament, support of social strategies, the promotion of women’s advancement, energy sufficiency and environmental sustainability. UNDP is continuing its work to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

What is the theme of the hackathon?

The teams can come up with a solution that falls into the below:

Theme 1: Solution for Gender Equality

Theme 2: Solution for Good Health and Well-being

Theme 3: Solution for Quality Education

Theme 4: Solution Sustainable Cities and Communities

Theme 5: Solution for Decent Work and Economic Growth

Theme 6: Solution for Climate Action and/or Affordable and Clean Energy

Who can participate?

  1. Participant must be 19 years old to 29 years old

  2. Available in the Kingdom of Bahrain during the period of the hackathon

3. You can apply as an individual or as a team (5 Max). 

4. The team must have at least 1 designer / marketing person, 1 technical person and 1 business-oriented/ financial person.

6. If you are a group of less than 5 members, more members will be added.

7. Each applicant/team will propose an idea that fits the theme in the application and the ideas will be ranked.

8. 25 lucky participants will be selected to be part of the hackathon.

9. Each team will consist of 5 members.

What is the Selection Criteria?

The ranking will be as below

  1. Is the idea innovative, related to technology and falls under the theme

2. How motivated/enthusiastic is this applicant?

3. How relevant are their skills to be part of a team?

What are the prizes?

3 winning teams. One per team will attend the Youth Leadership Programme’s Regional workshop.

The Youth Leadership Programme’s Regional workshop aims to bring together YLP participants, alumni, youth-serving organizations and policy makers to support youth-led initiatives, provide a space for youth-serving organizations to engage with leaders and expand knowledge networks. The annual event will take place in Amman, Jordan at the end of 2019, and is an exciting opportunity for youth to interact and work with peers on solutions to development challenges within their communities. Participants also have the opportunity to learn from UNDP experts on the Sustainable Development Goals, innovative leadership and social innovation.


If you are applying as a group, each team member is required to submit a separate application form mentioning their group name
Kindly fill out your idea and the problem you would like to solve referring to one of the SDG themes mentioned above The ideas will be ranked and only the ones with high scores will get in to the hackathon! If you are applying as a group, only one of the group members can propose the idea, the rest can write their group name here.
Full Name *
Full Name
Special diets, access requirements or allergies
How did you hear about us? *
What are you good at/ experienced at?
(please tick as many as apply)
Design / Marketing
Business / Finance
What is the special value that you will add?
Please fill out the following if you're applying as a team:
* Team members number should be 5, if less than that we will team you up according to the relevance of your skills and background. ** Each team member is required to submit a separate application form. ** This should include your name and other team memebers
Give your group a very catchy name!
Designer / Marketing Person
Designer / Marketing Person
Technical person
Technical person
Business- oriented/ Financial Person
Business- oriented/ Financial Person
Other team member
Other team member
Other team member
Other team member