The hackathon will be composed of 4 days. 2 Days of team work, and 2 Conference days which include optional Conference attendance and the presentations / award ceremony. The 2 team work days are 27th and 28th April 2016. The two Conference days are 29th and 30th April 2016.     


The application process is open to all participants and we encourage everyone to apply.

From the pool of applicants a diverse set of skills, experiences and backgrounds will be selected. Al Sharq Youth Forum reserves the right to select or disqualify any applicant for any reason, but there are no pre-set conditions that would immediately disqualify an applicant.

As this is a youth targeted event, our ideal Hackathon participant is between the ages of 18 and 35 years, but we encourage all ages to apply.

(Please note: the common working and presentation language for this event is English, so all selected participants must be fluent in the English language.) 

Teams at the hackathon will be composed of 3-4 members ideally, with a minimum of 2 members to present at the presentation session.

Submission Requirements

Each team must prepare and submit a response to one of the three challenges posed at the hackathon. The response will be in the form of a project, such as a web platform, media campaign or content, mobile/device application, etc.

Each team will also be responsible for a 10 minute presentation to our Evaluation Panel ("judges").

Submissions and presentations are due at 1pm on Friday 29th April, and submitted electronically to the Devpost page of the hackathon.

Submission Rights & Display

Al Sharq Youth Forum reserves the right ot display and promote the contributions and work of the participants of the hackathon, as well as the right to display the work on its website if applicable.

Prizes & Winner Selection

This is a collaborative event, though there will be awards for the most exciting and innovative solution to emerge from it. The team responsible for that solution ("the winners") will receive opportunity-based prizes that may include training courses, mentorship, incubation, or other awards as seen fit according to the idea.

Any prizes awarded for work completed at the hackathon will range in approximate value from $200 to $2,500. Awards may be distributed for a range of criteria such as most innovative projects or the most compelling submissions for our various challenges.

Depending on their city of residence, selected participants will have their accommodation and travel paid for in kind by Al Sharq Forum. Unfortunately we cannot offer this for residents of Istanbul.

Winner Selection will take place through the scoring by the judges following the presentations. Evaluation criteria are available on the Devpost page of the hackathon.

Code of Conduct

Our hackathon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, previous hackathon attendance or computing experience (or lack of any of the aforementioned). We do not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at any hackathon venue, including hacks, talks, workshops, parties, social media and other online media. Hackathon participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the hackathon at the discretion of Al Sharq Forum.