The 2020 Annual NYUAD International Hackathon 1st place and 2nd place

Three CIT students, Shamma Alghfeli, Noora Alhammadi and Sara Alshamsi, advised by Dr. Saad Harous, competed in the Annual NYAAD International Hackathon for Social Good In the Arab World. The College of Information Technology is proud to announce that Shamma’s team won first place and Noora’s team won second place in the event. Congratulations to the winners and to all participants of the hackathon on their outstanding achievements this year.


The Annual NYUAD International Hackathon is a three-day programming marathon that was held on April 16 to 20, 2020 in Abu Dhabi. Teams of talented students from all over the world1, majoring in computer science and IT related disciplines, competed to create mobile and web applications for social good. The teams developed innovative applications relevant to diverse fields such, as HEALTH, education, business, and science for the benefit of social good in the Arab World. This year event was held using Zoom.

Shamma Alghfeli, a student of the United Arab Emirates University, participated in the completion as a member of a team composed of national and international students. Her team mates included Monica Chang (NYU NY, USA), Mahmoud Abdelhadi (Applied Science University, Jordan), Danish Nihal (Middlesex University Dubai, UAE), Amr Darawsheh (Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Jordan), Alexa Spagnola (University of Pennsylvania, USA), and Máté Hekfusz (New York University Abu Dhabi, Hungary),

Shamma’s team completed a project called Health Hero Match (H2M) بطل الصحة. H2M is a double-sided website that connects medical workers with hospitals currently facing staffing shortages by using AI to provide resources that facilitate a seamless transition to becoming a front-line worker. The team topped the competition and secured first place.

Noora Alhammadi, a student of the United Arab Emirates University, entered the competition as a member of a team composed of students from national and international universities. Her team mates included Fatima Dakalbab (University of Sharjah, UAE), Oscar Gomez (New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE), Norah Ba Fadhl (University of Sharjah, UAE), Raneem Hamdi Qawasmeh (University of Sharjah, UAE), and Halah Albadani (University of Sharjah, UAE). Noora’s team presented a project titled TaskJam تاسك جام , a mobile App to manage and improve personal productivity, under heavy workload. The App is designed to seek outside help for overloaded users to complete daily tasks and meet planned goals. This is achieved by connecting users, performing similar tasks, to come together as a group and collectively complete daily tasks, with a great sense of satisfaction and excitement.

Sara Alshamsi, a student of the United Arab Emirates University, entered the competition as a member of a team of talented students from national and international universities. Her team mates included Aisha Alsuwaidi (Khalifa University, UAE), Hany Anan (American University of Beirut, LebanonJoonha Yu (New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE). Sara’s team presented a project called Hareef حريف, a platform to help untrained citizens to acquire the skills needed to join skilled citizens, who can also gain new skills using the platform, to participate successfully in initiatives designed to help communities who are struggling amid the Covid19 pandemic. The team is to be commended for their thoughtful contribution to ensure the safety of their fellow citizens, during this humanitarian crisis.

Competitions like The Annual NYUAD International Hackathon are vital to the future of the IT industries and to the well-being and prosperity of the society. The organizers are to be commended for providing a platform for talented students to innovate and create solutions for the good of society.

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May 12, 2020