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Smart Cities HACKATHONS | Benha University


In the light of Vision 2030, Egypt is rapidly transforming towards a knowledge-based digital economy that encourages innovation, research, and development. As a major part of this vision, the New Administrative Capital is being built to be the first smart city in Egypt.

Benha University is proud to sponsor the first nationwide Smart City Hackathon in Egypt. The hackathon is open to students in all Egyptian universities. The purpose of this hackathon is to find innovative solutions by diverse teams of interdisciplinary students.

A Three-day process for answering critical challenges related to Smart cities through design, prototyping, and testing ideas. During the three days the participants will go through various workshops about innovation, lean methodology, design thinking, and value creation. The participants will create teams of 3-5 and work together in a sprint, to shortcut and compress a month of time into 30 Hrs. On the first day, teams will be created, get introduced to the Smart Cities challenges, map out the problem and ideate solution that create value. On the second day, teams will learn about prototyping and start product development. On the third day, teams will continue working on their products development and prepare their final pitch.

Registration Link

Registration closed

Hackathon themes:

Smart Buildings

Smart Utilities

Smart Parks

Smart Transportation/Traffic

Smart Hospital

Smart Waste

Smart Surveillance

Smart Energy

Smart Administration

Smart School/University

Hackathon awards?

There will be three cash prizes in each track (a total of £100k EGP) form Benha University:

1st Place

5,000 EGP

2nd Place

3,000 EGP

3rd Place

2,000 EGP

In addition, there will be five prizes from Amazon Web Services (AWS):

1st winning team

AWS Credit: $3k USD

Certificates: For each team member

Trophy: Per team

2nd winning team

AWS Credit: $2k USD

Certificates: For each team member

Trophy: Per team

3rd winning team

AWS Credit: $1k USD

Certificates: For each team member

Trophy: Per team

Best Innovative team

AWS Credit: $500 USD

Certificates: For each team member

Trophy: Per team

Best Demo & Presentation

AWS Credit: $500 USD

Certificates: For each team member

Trophy: Per team

There will be nine prizes from ElSewedy Digital :

1st winning team

40k EGP

2nd winning team

20k EGP

3rd winning team

10k EGP

The Optimalist
[Best use of Optimization Algorithms]

5k EGP

The Pathfinder
[Best use of Geospatial Technologies]

5k EGP

The Forecaster
[Best use of Predictive Analytics]

5k EGP

The Powersaver
[Best use of Battery-Operated Elements]

5k EGP

The Economist
[Best use of Financial Resources]

5k EGP

The Greenest
[Best use of Renewable Resources]

5k EGP


About 50 shortlisted teams will enjoy:

  • $50 USD AWS Credit (per team)
  • Mentorship
  • Accommodation for three-day and two nights including:
    • Food and Beverage
    • Stationery and Canvas
    • Wi-Fi Access



26 February 2022

07:00pm - 08:00pm

Hesham Farouk

27 February 2022

03:00pm - 04:00pm

Nidal AlBasha

01 March 2022

07:00pm - 08:00pm

Mohamed Youssef

02 March 2022

06:00pm - 07:00pm

Sayed Eldawy
AWS Solution Architect

03 March 2022

04:00pm - 05:00pm

Ashish Sinha
AWS Startup Team

04 March 2022

02:00pm - 03:00pm

Amr AlAwamry
Benha University


Solutions based on (but not limited to) the following technologies/Amazon Web Services (AWS) are expected:

  • Cloud Computing             (Amazon Web Services)
  • Internet of Things            (Amazon IoT Services)
  • Machine Learning            (Amazon SageMaker)
  • Computer Vision              (Amazon Rekognition)
  • Artificial Intelligence       (Amazon AI Services)
  • Mobile Development     (Amazon Amplify)


3 days

Hackathon Program Draft:

Day 1

  • Onboarding
  • Hackathon brief
  • Smart Cities challenges
  • Teams Creation
  • Lean Methodology
  • Propblem Definition

Day 2

  • Value preposition
  • Ideation Workshop
  • How to Select solution
  • How to build your prototype

Day 3

  • Solution Development
  • How to Pitch
  • Pitiching

No. of beneficiaries:


Who can apply?



Day #0


Day #1, #2, #3

Offline, Main Conference Hall , Benha University, Benha, Egypt

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  • Will Benha University get the intellectual property rights to the product coded by the teams?
    No, the code produced by the team during the Hackathon will be of their own property.

  • Do you provide any support for transportation?
    A bus will be provided. Yet, its path is from Cairo Down Town to Benha University

  • How will the participants be evaluated?
    The winning team will be decided by a jury made up of industry experts and professionals. The final decisions of the judges are to be based on the following parameters: Deep market need, Value added, Design, Development, and Pitching. The panel will assign a score to each parameter, which will then determine the ranking of each participating team.

  • What should I bring with me for the contest?
    Contestants must bring their own computers, ID cards and other tools they may need (charging device, mouse, keyboard, USB flash drive, etc).

  • What will be provided during the contest?
    • Free wi-fi access.
    • Stationery and canvases
    • Three-day food and beverages.
    • Mentors for groups.

Why to join Benha University Smart Cities Hackathon?

  • It is a fantastic learning opportunity. You can use this time to test a new skill or framework in a setting that keeps you focused and motivated.
  • During the hackathon course, you will hear about new advancements in the field, and go through intensive workshops.
  • It forces you to get out of your comfort zone and grow. Expect to pitch your own idea for a project to complete strangers or explain why you are a good candidate for someone else’s team.
  • Hackathons are great lessons in terms of execution and efficiency. There is no room for perfectionism - you need to judge where to invest time, how long to try, and when to switch to a new solution. You will be working under pressure, taking lead on some tasks, sharing your know-how, and dealing with different personalities.
  • It truly is intense-networking with relevant people. During these few days, you will have endless opportunities to get to know people on a professional level, be it during team-matching sessions, food breaks, or going for coffee together.
  • You make a step towards entrepreneurship. Sometimes your idea/solution might be so amazing it could get bought, or you and your team mate(s) might resonate so well that you will continue working together beyond the hackathon (and maybe even form your own startup).

What is expected from Hackathon’s participants?

Hackathon participants must be able to:

  • Define a real need for Smart Cities
  • Design a human centered and business viable solution that fits the defined need.
  • State the riskiest assumptions related to the problem, solution or the implementation of their product or service.
  • Prove the technical feasibility of the solution through a proof of concept also the solution must be ICT and enabling technologies based.
  • Illustrate the user journey through solution demo.
  • Prototype a functional version of the product
  • Pitch their final product

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