About

Our Mission

Hack, Learn, Grow

What we are looking for?

MENA Hacks is the 1st Hackathon Platform in Egypt and the MENA Region. Our initiative matches a social mission of empowering students with the most trending technologies via informal education methods, in order to bring their ideas to fruition within a creative environment.

Hack

Hack for a better world to tackle real world challenges and have fun

Learn

Learn more the most trending technologies, exchange knowledge, experience and expertise with people with similar passions from different backgrounds

Grow

Grow your skills, network, meet company recruiters and become qualified for international hackathons

Applying SGDs

MENA 2030

What we are looking for?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Our mission is alligned with them as we try to tackle some of real life problems, such as SDG no. 4, 5, 8, 11 and 9
Substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical & team work skills.
Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.
Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value.
Support domestic technology development, research and innovation.
Enhance regional and international cooperation on & access to science, technology, innovation & enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you wondering what hackathons are?

What is a hackathon? Is it a competition?

A hackathon is a combination of the words “hack” and “marathon”, which is a 24:48 hours competition-conference style that provide students with the opportunity to express themselves and tackle challenging problems in a simple way using different technologies.

You can always have fun & enjoy a lovely atmosphere with different activities during the hackathon, maybe meditation, team games, sauna! Who knows!

But isn’t hacking illegal?

No, it’s not that kind of hacking, we are not gonna steal your password, haha! Hacking is basically building something. It could be anything for fun to gain experience or for solving real life problem for a startup idea.

How much does it cost to attend a hackathon?

It’s totally FREE. Almost all hackathons are free of cost, WiFi, meals, swag, sleeping areas and the workspace. That’s all possible, thanks to our partners who believe in hacker community mission.

Is it a team event? Can I apply individually?

Yes. So the whole point of forming teams and working on a project gives you the opportunity to work in a real life setting. with a  chance to work with people from different background, skill set, and even nationalities.

Most hackathons have “Meet-and-Greet” events before the actual event where you meet other attendees and look for teammates.

You can hack Solo/individually, if you wish that.

What can I build? Who owns my idea?

In a hackathon, you work on a challenge and find an intelligent solution for it during a small time. This will give you the skills of competing with many other hackers, you will gain the skills of team collaboration as you are going to work as a team. This could be: Web, mobile, hardware, anything! Projects will be judged based on creativity, technical difficulty, polish and usefulness by a panel of industry judges. The idea is yours and you reserve all the intellectual property for it.

Who can attend a hackathon?

It’s for ANYONE. Yep, you read it right. Anyone who is interested in computer programming and loves to learn and build cool stuff can attend a hackathon. it’s open to others involved in software development, including graphic designers, project managers, often including domain experts, collaborate intensively on software projects or startup ideas.

Do I need to have programming experience?

No, you don’t. The organizers usually hold workshops throughout the hackathon for anyone who is new to programming or someone who wishes to learn more about a particular topic. Mentors are also available 24/7. So if you go to a hackathon without knowing what you want to do, that’s totally fine because you will have these mentors at your service to help and guide you.

Why should I attend a hackathon?

Hackathons are the ideal environment to gain experience and learn new skills in the areas that appeal to you. You can: Meet new people, on national and global wise. Enjoy the awesome atmosphere of hackathons. Meet recruiters, with a chance to help land an interview for job opportunities.

How to know about upcoming hackathons?

You can subscribe to our newsletter and we will send all info about upcoming hackathons, deadlines, travelling opportunities and more.

I feel I have other questions?

Sure, our team will be delighted to get your inquiries and help you.

Email us: [email protected]