Number of

20 Nov 2023

Registration Deadline

21st -23rd Nov 2023

Hackathon Date

"Breath Fresh Hackathon" is a two-day competition that offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to tackle challenges that arise from poor air quality and its adverse impact on human health. The hackathon aims to encourage students from diverse disciplines in the quantitative sciences (e.g., Engineering, computer science, and science) to collaborate and develop a tangible solution that is reflected by data-driven solutions, empowering local communities’ initiatives, awareness-raising initiatives, etc., to foster positive solutions to one of the following themes:

Emission Reduction

by identifying and implementing strategies to reduce emissions from various sources, such as industries, transportation, and energy production. These solutions can lead to a reduction in greenhouse gases, particulate matter, and other harmful pollutants that contribute to climate change and respiratory diseases.

Green Transportation Solutions

Hackathon participants might work on innovative transportation solutions, such as electric vehicles, bike-sharing programs, or improved public transportation systems. These efforts contribute to reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.

Data-Driven Decision-Making

Solutions that involve data analysis and visualization can help stakeholders make informed decisions about air quality management and pollution control. This data-driven approach can lead to more effective policies and interventions that improve air quality.

Urban Planning and Design

Participants might develop projects related to urban planning and design that prioritize green spaces, pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, and efficient land use. Well-designed cities can reduce pollution by promoting active transportation and enhancing greenery.

Community Engagement

Solutions that engage local communities in air quality monitoring, reporting, and advocacy can foster a sense of ownership and responsibility for environmental sustainability. This grassroots approach can lead to sustained efforts to improve air quality.


First place

15,000 AED

Second place

10,000 AED

Third place

5,000 AED

Expected Outcomes and Deliverables

The "Breath Fresh Hackathon" outcomes and deliverables should reflect innovative solutions and ideas generated by participants to address air pollution and improve air quality. Here are some potential outcomes and deliverables that participants might produce during and after the hackathon:

Innovative Solutions

Participants would develop creative and practical solutions to various aspects of air pollution. These solutions could range from technological innovations and data-driven tools to policy recommendations and behavioral change campaigns.

Prototypes and Products

Hackathon teams might create prototypes of devices, apps, software, or hardware solutions designed to monitor air quality, reduce emissions, or raise awareness about pollution. These prototypes could be functional demonstrations of their ideas.

Data Analysis and Visualization

Some projects might focus on analyzing air quality data and visualizing it in user-friendly formats. These tools can help stakeholders understand pollution patterns, sources, and trends.

Community Engagement Initiatives

Hackathon participants might create platforms or strategies to involve local communities in monitoring and reporting air quality, fostering a sense of environmental responsibility.

Environmental Sensors

Some projects might involve designing and prototyping air quality sensors that individuals or communities can use to monitor pollution levels in their surroundings.

The students will work in teams (2-4 members) to create and propose novel solutions that address a problem within one of the proposed themes. On the third day, each team will present their ideas, solutions, and findings to a panel of judges. To ensure a smooth and timely event, we want to inform you that each team will have a strict presentation time limit of 5 minutes. The presentation should be clear, concise, and persuasive, showcasing the innovation and potential impact of their solutions.

Hackathon Schedule

Day 1

(NOV 21, 2023)

Day 2

(NOV 22, 2023)

Day 3

(NOV 23, 2023)

Morning (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM)

08:30 am – 10:00 am Registration and Welcome
10:00 am – 10:15 am Opening Remarks
10:15 am – 10:45 am Keynote Speaker
10:45 am – 11:45 am Expert Talks
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Panel Discussion and open questions

Lunch Break (12:30 PM - 1:30 PM)

Afternoon (1:30 PM - 5:00 PM)

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Team Formation, Idea Generation and Brainstorming Sessions
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Mentoring Sessions with Expert

Morning (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

09:00 am – 11:30 am Hackathon Brainstorming Sessions
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Mentoring Sessions with Experts

Lunch Break (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Afternoon (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Prototyping and Development Continue

Morning (8:00 AM - 12:30 PM)

08:00 am – 08:45 am Submission Deadline for Project Deliverables
09:00 am – 11:30 am Judging Panel Review of Projects, Participant Demos and Presentations
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Award Ceremony and Prizes
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Closing Remarks and Thank You

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