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Innovation Cafe Hackathon

Qatar’s First E-commerce Hackathon

25 November 2021 - 28 November 2021

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The first E-commerce Hackathon in the State of Qatar with the objective to drive sustained innovation and crowdsource solutions to address, nurture, and launch the latest innovation opportunities in the growing universe of e-commerce.

About the
Hackathon

A time-bound competitive event aimed at participant collaboration to build a proof of concept/prototype for a specific use case identified out of the shortlisted e-commerce categories, this Hackathon is designed to give the brightest thinkers and innovators a platform from which entrepreneurial ideas can be developed.

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E-commerce Hackathon Categories

artificial-intelligence

From understanding customers’ buying behavior to providing personalized services to online shoppers, artificial intelligence has become an essential component of the e-commerce industry. This category is for the participants passionate about disrupting the industry further with the innovative use of AI.

Mobile Commerce

New mobile commerce is the use of wireless handheld devices like mobile phones and tablets to conduct commercial transactions online, including the purchase and sale of products, online banking, and paying bills. This category is for participants aspiring to improve this increasingly large subset of e-commerce.

ECommerce

E-commerce payment solutions facilitate the acceptance of electronic payments for online transactions. The category is for those participants who intend to change the status quo in this area.

marketing-automation

Marketing automation covers the wide area of e-commerce marketing from automating email marketing to scheduling social media posts. This category is for the participants eager to bring in innovative and creative solutions to improve marketing automation.

customer-experience

E-commerce customer experience refers specifically to the digital experience a business delivers to a customer. Choose this category if it is your goal to optimize, orchestrate and inspire experiences that will help guide customers, whether B2B or B2C, along their paths to purchase.

arvr

Technologies like AR, VR, 3D Product Visualization, and 3D Product Rendering have opened up a realm of possibilities, improving the customer experience and saving costs for the adapting e-commerce companies. This category is for participants who have ideas to enhance these experiences.

E-commerce Hackathon Categories

artificial-intelligence

From understanding customers’ buying behavior to providing personalized services to online shoppers, artificial intelligence has become an essential component of the e-commerce industry. This category is for the participants passionate about disrupting the industry further with the innovative use of AI.

Benefits and Rewards

Access of up to QAR 75,000 in
support services & investment
Winning teams will be integrated into Snoonu Incubation Program (SIP) for further validation and development.
Access to Investors and partners
to validate your business idea.
Access to local & international
mentors to accelerate your learning
Monetary and in-kind rewards
to winners from our sponsors
Platform to showcase
your product or idea
Opportunity to make connections
and expand your network

Participating Countries

Candidates from the following 9 countries are invited to participate in the E-commerce Hackathon

Qatar
Kuwait
Saudi Arabia
Oman
Jordan
Lebanon
Tunisia
Morocco
Egypt

Evaluation Criteria

The ideas and products of the participants will be evaluated on the following basis

Solution Feasibility and Market Fit

Does your idea/product have a business and growth potential?

Contribution to Qatar National Vision 2030

Is your product keeping in line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030?

Team Skills to Execute the Idea

How skilled is your team to get the idea off the ground?

Innovation

How innovative is your idea/product?

Alignment with the theme

How closely aligned is your idea/product with the general hackathon theme?

Sponsors

Platinum Strategic Sponsor

Qatar Science and Technology Park
Vodafone

Cloud Strategic Sponsor

Microsoft

Technology Strategic Sponsor

snoonu

Development Strategic Sponsor

Strategic Partners

Bedaya
Doha Tech Angels
injaz
mbkholding
mzadqatar
Qatar Mobility Innovation Center
rimads
SG_Doha
360-nautica

Media Partners

businessstartupqatar
Doha News
I love Qatar
Lusail News
Nadeeb Qatar

Judging Panel

Mansoor Bin Khalifa Al-Thani
Chairman
MBK Holding
Hamad Mubark Al-Hajri
CEO, Co-founder, CEO & CTO
Snoonu
Mohammed Al-Emadi
Head of Angel Investment
Qatar Development Bank
Mohammad Zebian
Accelerator Manager
QSTP (Qatar)

Mentors

Ramzan Al Naimi
CEO
Innovation Cafe (Qatar)
Hamad Mubark Al-Hajri
CEO, Co-founder, CEO & CTO
Snoonu (Qatar)
Mansoor Bin Khalifa Al-Thani
Chairman
MBK Holding (Qatar)
Avinash Deshpande
CEO
MBK Consulting (Qatar)
Mohammad Zebian
Accelerator Manager
QSTP (Qatar)
Faraj Abdullah
Innovation Program Manager
Qatar Research, Development and Innovation (QRDI) Council (Qatar)
Steve Mackie
Founder
Business Start Up Qatar
Majed Labebidi
Managing Director
Droobi Health,Co-Founder Fi Technologies (Qatar)
Hefzi Malhis
Partnerships Manager
Innovation Cafe (Qatar)
Mohammad Hammoud
Founder & CEO
Rimads (Qatar)
Dania Khaled
Business Development Mentor
Qatar SportsTech (Qatar)
Gurvinder Batra
Founder, COO & CTO
KiwiTech (USA, India)
Mohsin Syed
EVP and Chief Startup Officer
KiwiTech (USA, India)
Ike Syed
VP
KiwiTech (USA)
Virgil Paraschiveanu
Sr Director
KiwiTech (Europe)
Suresh Singh Dasila
Sr Director
KiwiTech (India)
Amanpreet Singh
Creative Director UI/UX
KiwiTech (India)
Marisela Garcia Marquez,
Director
KiwiTech (USA)
Aicha Ghaffari Latrash
Associate Director
KiwiTech (Qatar)
Arpit Bhutani
Sr Manager, PMO & Testing
KiwiTech (India)
Adam Franchella
Product Consultant
KiwiTech (USA)
Emma Warden
Project Manager
KiwiTech (USA)

Taking the
Hackathon Hybrid

The hackathon will be a 4-day hibrid event. The participants who are present in Doha, Qatar, will be participating in-person from Innovation Cafe’s facilities located in Doha and the participants from the other 8 countries will be participating virtually.

We will be using Slack and Zoom as platforms for the hackathon.

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We’re inviting university students, startups, entrepreneurs, e-commerce companies, and any potential individual interested and experienced in the e-commerce sector from the selected 9 countries to participate in Qatar’s first e-commerce hackathon.

If you think you have what it takes to disrupt the fast-paced e-commerce industry, we would be more than happy to have you.

Last date to submit your applications is 11 November 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Innovation Cafe’s E-commerce Hackathon is the first of its kind event in the State of Qatar with the objective to drive sustained innovation and crowdsource solutions to address, nurture, and launch the latest innovation opportunities in the growing universe of e-commerce.

You can apply for the hackathon by filling in the form provided above.

Anyone with an idea that is relevant to the themes of the hackathon is welcome to participate.

We prefer that you do, but don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers; the hackathon will kick off with an ideation phase, which should help you refine your idea.

The hackathon will be hosted in a hybrid mode. The participants already present in Qatar are encouraged to participate from Innovation Cafe’s facilities in Doha. The participants from outside Qatar will be participating virtually and do not need to travel to Doha.

Yes, you can apply for the hackathon as an individual or as a team. You will have an opportunity to find other team members in the hackathon.

Yes, you can apply for the hackathon as an individual or as a team. Make sure to add the details of your team members in the application form.

It’s really up to you (and your team) to decide on the number of hours you want to invest in developing your idea.