Event being held in Jeddah welcomed 2,950 participants

Hajj hackathon enters records as the world’s largest

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The Hajj hackathon taking place in Saudi – which began on August 1 – has officially entered the Guinness World Records for having the largest gathering in a hackathon worldwide.
The three-day event, being held in Jeddah by the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones, has welcomed 2,950 developers and other participants, breaking the record of 2,577 participants registered by India in 2012.
The event, which included a keynote address by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, has been organised in collaboration with Google.

It tasks participants with creating technology applications that will help modernise Hajj in areas including food, public health, financial solutions, transportation, crowd management, traffic control, travel and accommodation arrangements, waste management, housing and communication solutions.
The annual Hajj pilgrimage welcomes an estimated two million people from across the world every year.
A total of SAR2m will be awarded to the winners at the event with SAR1m allocated to the first place winner, SAR500,000 to the second place winner and SAR350,000 allocated to the recipient of the third place.
An additional amount of SAR150,000 will be awarded as a prize for excellence.
The chairman of the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones and advisor at the Royal Court Saud bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani said: “The kingdom’s entry into the World Records through the Hackathon of Hajj confirms the aspirations of the Saudi youth for their country to be the gateway to technology in the region.” –ME website

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