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Beirut, Lebanon
Mar 3 - 5@ AUB

Registration is closed

Event Description

The Netherlands Embassy of Beirut 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 Lebanon and beyond.

From March 3-5th, at the American University of Beirut, 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 Beirut is your opportunity to play a more active role in helping build a smarter, healthier, and more prosperous Lebanon and MENA for all of its inhabitants.

We look forward to welcoming you and seeing what new ideas and technologies you develop over this weekend innovation journey.

Challenge Areas

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 (Amman)

  1. Navigating through the pollution

    Pollution is a growing issue in Beirut and communities across Lebanon. Ocean shores, rivers, the water we drink, and even the air we breathe is becoming increasingly contaminated with pollutants. How can technology empower everyday citizens to be more aware of the occurrence and impact of these issues on their own health and that of their communities? And furthermore, how can technology be utilized to mitigate the short and long term effects of the pollution we are exposed to?

  2. A smarter way to deal with waste

    The challenge here is very straightforward, what types of technologies and incentives can be paired together to encourage more forward thinking waste management systems on both a household and community level in Beirut and across Lebanon?

  3. Improving mobility

    Traffic and congested roads are a daily occurrence in Beirut, a city that also lacks any alternative forms of transportation such as rail or subway systems. What types of technical innovations can help ease the congestion and improve mobility in Beirut and throughout Lebanon’s growing communities? Solutions here should either (A) help devise smarter traffic coordination systems or (B) introduce new mobility alternatives.

  4. Agrytech Food Security Challenge

    Food security is a growing issue in the region. Poor production practices, less export opportunities, migration from rural areas, and lack of innovation are impacting our ability to produce our own food and improve the livelihoods of our farming communities. Farming practices need improvement, and promotion and marketing of product and agro-food need some disruption to break barriers. For this challenge, we would like to see solutions that can help farmers: Improve traceability of products, design more sustainable irrigation management systems, and build stronger links into existing and untapped consumers communities.

  5. Wildcard

    This is your Lebanon, 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 Lebanon 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.

Judging Criteria

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.






A weekend of hacking, high coffee intake, lots of man2ouche, and of course, innovation breakthroughs!

5:30 - 6:00pm
Arrival and registration
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Welcome / challenge intros / mentor intros
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Ideation and team formation
8:30 pm
8:30 pm +
Hacking begins.
9:00 am
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Team determined schedule
1:00 - 2:00 PM
2:00 - 6:00 pm
Team determined schedule
6:00 - 7:00pm
7:00pm +
Team determined schedule. Snacks provided through the night.
8:00 - 9:00 am
Breakfast and morning check-in.
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Final hours of prototype development - presentations submitted
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Presentation practice and team rehearsals (lunch will be served).
4:30 pm
Guests start arriving
5:00 pm
Presentations start. Teams have 4 mins for presentation plus 2 min Q and A
6:30 pm
Winners announced - reception with food and drinks

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Registration is now closed. If you would like to participate, please email mike@hackforce.io with a really good reason on why you want to participate.

Non Technical Problem Solver

Software Engineer OR Hardware Engineer



Team Member 1

Team Member 2


All teams will start coding at the same time on the first night of the event. We posted the challenges prior to the event so that you have time to brainstorm, do some design mockups, and define your objectives for your prototype.

Teams have full ownership of everything they build.

Teams should not be more than 5 people. The most important thing about a team is that all the right skills sets are present so that you can successfully develop your hackathon prototype.

All teams will need to demo their prototype and present a standard pitch deck on the final day of the event. Don’t worry, we will supply pitch deck templates and pitch training sessions so you are good to go on the big stage!


You can come as team and can register as a team on the registration section of the site. Just choose the ‘team’ box and fill out the required information in the form. Team formation exercises will take place on the first evening of the event so that all participants are matched to a group best suited to their skill sets and challenge area interest.

We like to keep team sizes between 3-5 people. The most important thing about a team is that all the right skills sets are present so that you can successfully develop your hackathon prototype.

That is up to you and your team to figure out. You can build any type of software or hardware solution that you believe best addresses the challenge you choose to work on. We are expecting to see a variety of mobile apps, websites, chatbots, and sensor platforms built to address the challenges for the event.

No, this hackathon is not just focused on refugee issues. Your product has to specifically solve the challenge you choose as it is listed.

No! Just because you can’t code does not mean you can’t hack! A great product is the result of a collaborative effort between a diverse group of perspectives and skills sets. Everyone has a role to play, even non-coders. If you are not an engineer you can sign up as a non-technical problem solver or designer on the registration section.

Venue Ray R. Irani Oxy Engineering Complex
American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon