Amazon launces Amazon Teckathon: A hackathon for university students in Jordan
Amazon is currently accepting applications for its first virtual hackathon event in Jordan, taking place in September 2020
Participants will be asked to submit innovative real-life software solutions designed to improve various aspects of community life
Open to all university students across Jordan, the virtual hackathon will see three top winners secure scholarship cash prizes from Amazon
Amman, Jordan, August 11th , 2020: Today, Amazon announced its first-ever hackathon for university students in Jordan, Amazon Teckathon. Taking place virtually and spread over three development days from September 14th to 16th 2020, Amazon Teckathon participants will be asked to engage, collaborate, and innovate together to develop creative software solutions with real-life impact designed to improve various aspects of community life. Participants will be expected to write a fully working proof-of-concept application and create a presentation video to showcase their solution.
Amazon Teckathon is open to all university students in Jordan with a passion for technology, software solution development know-how, and a strong sense of competition, who are willing to contribute their skills for a chance to win a series of prizes including cash scholarships for the top three winning teams. Entry is currently open to individual students or teams of up to three through the official hackathon website www.amazonteckathon.com. Registration is open until August 24th 2020.
The Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, Muthanna Al-Gharaibeh, stressed the importance of hosting international enterprises the size of Amazon in Jordan, whose oversight of such initiatives would encourage local youth to innovate and foster creative thinking, particularly in the field of IT and smart applications.
Al-Gharaybeh also noted that the ministry appreciates initiatives that support Jordanian youth, who have proven their proclivity towards technological innovation, as demonstrated by the success stories of countless Jordanian entrepreneurs. This, he added, is especially true in the local IT sector, which is witnessing an accelerated development.
Al-Gharaybeh also reiterated the overall objective of the initiative, which is to push young people to create software solutions and applications, adding that such acceleration is essential, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has further revealed the importance of developing applications that contribute to protection efforts across multiple levels. Innovation, he added, is also a core component of Jordan’s national strategy towards digital transformation and will have a lasting positive impact on the economy as a whole.
Ronaldo Mouchawar, Vice President of Amazon Middle East and North Africa, said: “We are very excited to bring our first Amazon virtual hackathon to Jordan as we nurture the brilliant technical talents found in universities across the country. Amazon Teckathon will gather some of the brightest minds, giving participants the opportunity to lean on the Amazon culture and community to innovate and solve real-world problems.”
He continued: “Jordan has a very strong programming landscape and our team has designed a thrilling online programme for entrants to leverage and do some of their best work. We are confident we will witness some of the most innovative, real-life software solutions come out of this hackathon.”
The three-day virtual hackathon will see Amazon Teckathon competitors build, code and design as they prepare to present their software-based solutions to a judging panel of Amazon experts. Teams will be shortlisted by mid-August 2020 ahead of the competition in September, where three top winning teams will be selected and announced in October 2020. Amazon Teckathon entries will be judged based on idea originality, real-world impact, product feasibility and overall presentation.
University students across Jordan are invited to enter the Amazon Teckathon, challenging themselves to innovate together through technology and real-life application software solutions. For more information and registration details, please visit the official hackathon website: www.amazonteckathon.com
Last year, Amazon also hosted its AmTech conference for the first time in Jordan, which celebrated the market’s vibrant tech community and the integral role it plays in the country. The company is continuously building its local presence and investments in Jordan through its Amazon office in Amman, with a workforce of more than 600 employees, driving initiatives such as the Amazon Teckathon forward.
Source: Jordan News Agency