Khalifa University has partnered with Microsoft and Hevolus Innovation to deliver the Metaversity Hackathon Competition with the aim of nurturing innovation and creativity among university students in the UAE.

The competition is an opportunity for students to experiment with cutting-edge technologies and will serve as an innovation platform to empower students to generate value-driving ideas, inspire a competitive spirit and build metaverse readiness. Students will have an opportunity to build a mixed reality application for Microsoft HoloLens 2, an ergonomic, untethered mixed reality holographic device that was recently launched in the UAE.

Mixed Reality has the power to improve learning results and revolutionize curriculum with hands on lesson plans that convey complex concepts in 3D. With Microsoft HoloLens 2, students can learn-by-doing from anywhere with holographic instructions and assessments.

Aligned with Khalifa University’s mission and vision of becoming an education destination of choice and delivering world-class education, the Metaversity Hackathon Competition will challenge students to build a new mixed reality application for Microsoft HoloLens 2 using Microsoft mixed reality technologies that innovates one or more of the following aspects of universities: teaching, learning and assessments.

The project application prototype should answer the question:

“How can metaverse technologies transform how universities educate and assess students?”



Who can
participate in the

The hackathon is open to all university students currently enrolled in a CAA-approved institution in the UAE.

We are looking for eager and creative minds who are enthusiastic to dig deep into the metaverse.

Eligibility Requirements

Registration Deadline
02 March 2023

Summary of the Hackathon Schedule

February 08, 2023 -

March 02, 2023

Hackathon Online Registration

15, 2023

Mixed Reality Discovery Webinar

01, 2023

Mixed Reality Experiential Event

Readiness and Upskilling Schedule

06-13, 2023

Phase 1 Theoretical Online Webinar Learning

16, 2023

Phase 2 Mixed Reality Hands-on Workshop Training

Hackathon Team Applications

March 17, 2023 -

April 30, 2023

Eligible students invited to form teams of up to 5 individuals and submit 200-word overview of their application prototype

Mixed Reality Skills Challenge

March 20, 2023 -

April 30, 2023

Gamified online skills challenge to further learning

Hackathon Competition

13-14, 2023

In-person 2-day hackathon at Khalifa University Campus

Judging and Awards

15, 2023

Team presentations and demos to judges and awards ceremony


First Place

25,000 AED


Second Place

15,000 AED


Third Place

10,000 AED