MENACatalyst Launches First Ever Virtual ‘Kids Hack Palestine’ Hackathon
31, Aug 2020
Ramallah, Palestine (29/8/2020): On August 27th, 2020 Palestine Codes (a MENACatalyst
offshoot program) launched the first ever virtual “Kids Hack Palestine” Hackathon, in
collaboration with Station J.
Kids Hack Palestine called on children from around Palestine to bring forward innovative tech
solutions to decode their communities' most pressing issues ranging from health, to education
and environment. With over 70 students and 30 mentors applying to take part, the event
succeeded in bringing together the future innovators of Palestine in an environment where they
could break barriers, learn from one another and build creative tech solutions.
Over the course of the 3-day event, morning sessions [via Zoom] observed keynote speakers
from inside and outside of Palestine. Speakers shared their experiences in areas such as
design thinking, business and marketing in fun and interactive workshops and discussions. After
the sessions, participants were dispersed in groups of 5, where they were left to ideate and
develop their solutions together with the support and guidance of their assigned mentors who
brought to the table their own IT, Business and Marketing experience.
The hackathon culminated with a total of 10 solutions assessed by a judging panel of
experienced business, tech and entrepreneurship experts, who offered their feedback on the
projects based on the projects’ overall solution, feasibility, business model, and go-to-market
All in all, the Kids Hack Palestine hackathon was a huge success! Participants brought in their A
game and showed the judges, mentors, and speakers what Palestinian youth are capable of
and that with a little guidance and support - anything is possible!