Under the patronage of Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Ericsson launches Together Apart Hackathon to boost innovation in line with Egypt Vision 2030

Under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and in collaboration with the Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), Ericsson announces the start of its Together Apart Hackathon.

The hackathon consists of two commitments: inspiring panel discussions and the hackathon competition. The talks will take place virtually on 4.NS November in the presence of industrial and thought leaders and is open to the public with the aim of inspiring the broader Egyptian ecosystem.

Will take place between 11.NS and the 13thNS November, the hackathon competition that brings the qualified participants together with teams that contribute with solutions inspired and aligned by the Egypt Vision 2030.

You can register for the panel discussions and the hackathon competition via the link:

The Together Apart Hackathon, aligned with Egypt’s 2030 Vision, will improve livelihoods and contribute to the country’s sustainable and economic growth by working with entrepreneurs, professionals, academics and university students from across Egypt to find innovative and commercially viable solutions for inspiration from the vision and deep immersion in the following five topics:

  1. Quality of life-health and wellbeing
  2. Quality of life – first class education system
  3. Integrated and sustainable environment
  4. Mobility for everyone
  5. Competitive and diverse economy

The hackathon should develop ideas all about digital Industry 4.0 technologies and 5Gto stimulate innovation in the three dimensions of sustainable development of Vision 2030, namely economically, socially and ecologically.

A total of five winning teams will be chosen – one winning team from each focus area of Egypt Vision 2030. The five winning teams will be supported in developing and scaling their solutions. A team receives the grand prize to visit Ericsson’s headquarters in Sweden to demonstrate the team’s solution and interact with the business community.

Amr Mahfouz, Chief Executive Officer of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency, said, “The hackathon is a great example of how the public and private sectors can work together to fuel innovative ideas and develop commercially viable solutions that don’t just mean Improving livelihoods, but also promoting sustainable practices. ”Across the country. With the Hackathon for the realization of the Egyptian Vision 2030 we will support them in every way and continue our efforts to help our entrepreneurs and creative young people together with the private organizations to develop their ideas and to empower them as a force for change in Egypt to affect society.

As improving the quality of life and standards of living are key elements of the social dimension of Vision 2030, participants will focus on developing innovative and viable solutions aimed at improving the accessibility and inclusion of health and education in the country. As technology is seen as a trailblazer for improving the livelihoods and income levels of different population groups in society, the Together Apart Hackathon encourages participants to make efficient use of the potential of new technologies to raise living standards across the country.

The economic dimension of the hackathon will focus on Egypt’s goal of achieving knowledge-based economic growth and focus on digital transformation, increasing employment rates, promoting entrepreneurship, increasing the resilience and competitiveness of the economy, and making the country financially inclusive.

Around 70 percent of the new added value in the economy over the next decade will be achieved through digitally supported business models. With that in mind, the hackathon will also explore the opportunities the digital economy offers in areas such as e-commerce and virtual experience to ensure digital inclusion.

With the Egyptian Vision 2030, which focuses on safeguarding the rights of future generations to a safer and more efficient future, the Hackathon examines sustainable, scalable and integrative mobility opportunities that contribute to overcoming global environmental challenges.

Eva Andren, Country Manager of Ericsson Egypt says: “We are very excited to be working with ITIDA; the senior IT arm of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology at the start of the Together Apart Hackathon in Egypt. Through the hackathon we strive to develop local talents of the nations and give them a creative mindset in order to find and formulate solutions to the problems of the country. By aligning the hackathon with Vision 2030, we want to accelerate the development of new technologies and solutions in the country, strengthen Egypt’s ability to innovate and at the same time improve the livelihood of its inhabitants. We believe that the results of the hackathon will help Egypt achieve its sustainable and balanced regional development growth in accordance with Vision 2030 and contribute to the country’s macroeconomic and social development. “

The hackathon is part of a series of projects that Ericsson initiated with the aim of developing and promoting regional talent in the country. Having been in the country for nearly 125 years, Ericsson has been constantly working on initiatives to empower women in technological areas such as data encryption and artificial intelligence, as well as making vigorous efforts to train and develop local talent in the country. Today, local Egyptian talent makes up 99 percent of Ericsson Egypt’s workforce.

As Egypt sees unprecedented growth rates in the ecosystems for entrepreneurship and technology startups, the hackathon will inspire innovations that will support the country on its digital transformation journey and help the country achieve the sustainable development goals of Vision 2030. The result of the hackathon will make the overall standard of living a contribution to existing scientific research and support Egypt on the way to a knowledge-based economy.


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