The Netherlands Embassy of Amman is opening their doors to local entrepreneurs, engineers, and technologists to help them develop innovative solutions to key development and humanitarian issues negatively impacting communities in Jordan and beyond.
From Mar 2-4th, at Zain Innovation Campus, Netherlands diplomats and challenge area experts will be on hand to collaborate with participants and help drive high-impact solutions to these complex issues.
The top competing teams will receive cash prizes and additional in-kind support to help fuel the further development of their hackathon prototypes.
ourMENA Amman is your opportunity to play a more active role in helping build a smarter, healthier, and more prosperous Jordan and MENA for all of its inhabitants.
We look forward to welcoming you and seeing what new ideas and technologies you develop during this weekend innovation journey.
Additional challenges will be added to the below list as the Netherlands Embassy continues to engage with public and private sector partners. New challenge updates for your city will be broadcasted on our event page and via email to all registered attendees. Participants are also allowed to hack on challenges from other ourMENA competition locations (Beirut)
Jordan is the 3rd poorest country in the world in terms of water resources. What role can technology play in helping Jordanians be more efficient with how they use water at an individual, communal, and country-wide level?
The EU has recently agreed to relax the Rules of Origin on Jordanian exports to allow for easier trade access into the EU market, and thus greater economic opportunities for local manufacturers and producers in Jordan. However, one of the major pieces to the new agreement is that Syrians must make up at least 15% of the exporting company’s workforce, which will grow to a 25% requirement by year three of the agreement. Many Jordanian companies wishing to take advantage of the new agreement struggle to meet the 15% Syrian workforce requirement even though there are thousands of Syrians looking for work. Additionally, even for the companies that do meet the Syrian workforce requirement, there is still the challenge of identifying buyers in the EU for their goods. Therefore, how can technology help solve some of these challenges and ultimately, enable Jordanian companies to take full advantage of the new Rules of Origin agreement? Solving this issue will have a tremendous impact on the lives of many Jordanians as well as Syrian refugees.
The quality of education provided by Jordan’s public schools has suffered in recent years, leading to issues such as poor literacy rates and mathematical comprehension amongst Jordanian youth. Here is your opportunity to build a digital game that can help students improve their academic skills and compliment their learnings inside of the classroom. This is also an opportunity to support the thousands of Syrian youth refugees who continue to struggle in classrooms across Jordan and beyond.
This is your Jordan, and you deal with a host of challenges living here everyday. The wildcard is your opportunity to build a solution to a challenge we have not identified that you believe, if solved, would have a positive impact on a large number of people in Jordan and beyond. For the wildcard, it is important to clearly define what the challenge is, the scope of the challenge (how big is the problem), and then like all other solutions, why your idea solves the problem better than anything else currently in the marketplace.
Be creative, think big, and build something truly innovative.
All teams will need to present a demo of their prototype and a pitch deck that clearly demonstrates the applicability and vision of their product. You have less than two days to build your prototype, so make sure to focus on the most important features.
Judges will be scoring you based on the following categories:
Winning teams will receive cash prizes and additional in-kind support.
Food and drinks will be provided throughout the event.