Innovate for a Sustainable World Hackathon

The Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy (AGDA) is hosting a two-day hackathon that will bring together experts in diplomacy, sustainability, and technology to collaborate on a challenge related to climate change in tandem with UAE’s commitment to achieving its growth objectives and principles for the next 50 years.

This Hackathon is a unique experience hosted by the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy (AGDA) in collaboration with BOLT.

This two-day hackathon is designed for curious minds, innovative spirits, and futuristic individuals from around the United Arab Emirates who want to be part of a collaborative effort to tackle climate change challenges.

If you have an idea that can make a difference in addressing climate change, this hackathon is for you!

Join us for an opportunity to fuel your out-of-the-box mindset, receive coaching, and bring your ideas to success.

Are you up to the challenge?

The countdown
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What is the Anwar Gargash Diplomacy Academy Hackathon?

Start something great

During this hackathon participants will have numerous opportunities to engage and connect with like-minded individuals, igniting the potential to create something truly amazing

Learn from the best

Gain insights from industry experts and learn firsthand what it takes to innovate, disrupt, and take your idea into business. This hackathon offers a unique opportunity for deep experiential learning, guided by experienced mentors.

Improve your knowledge

Sometimes, you need more sector-specific skills and knowledge to take things to the next level. This hackathon will go deep on specific topics and skill sets. Just what you need to progress quickly!

The Challenges

Developing software solutions to monitor greenhouse gas emissions

Problem statement:

How might we leverage satellite data, sensors, and other innovative technologies to effectively monitor emissions from diverse sectors, such as transportation, agriculture, and industry, and facilitate knowledge sharing for climate change adaptation and mitigation in the region?

Creating software solutions to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency

Problem statement:

How might we create software tools that can accurately assess the viability of renewable energy sources in the region, and promote sustainable finance and trade practices enabling businesses to effectively reduce their carbon footprint and minimize their environmental impact?

Building software solutions to promote a culture of sustainability

Problem statement:

How might we develop a software solution that fosters a culture of sustainability and healthy living, and encourages individuals and communities in the region to embrace eco-friendly and low-carbon lifestyles, including tools that promote sustainable consumption and waste reduction practices?


1st Place

AED 10,000

2nd Place

AED 8,000

3rd Place

AED 5,000

Program Timeline Overview


May 1, 2023

Registration will be open to everyone. Attendees can join with an idea or we connect them with the idea.


May 19, 2023

Applications for the hackathon will close and we will begin screening applications


May 26, 2023

Selected applicants will be onboarded and introduced to the facilitators.


May 30, 2023

Launch the hackathon! Let’s go!


Time Activity 
8:00 Registration
8:30 Introduction & Hackathon Rules 
8:45 AGDA Welcome Remarks 
9:00 Team Pitches & Formation 
10:00 Teamwork 
11:00 Mentorship Round #1
12:00 Business Model Workshop 
13:00 Lunch Break 
14:00 Mentorship Round #2
16:00 Prototyping Workshop
16:30 Teamwork
18:00 Wrap-up 
8:00Team Check-in & Breakfast 
11:00Pitching Workshop 
12:00Mentorship Round #3
13:00Lunch Break 
15:00Final Submission & Tech Check
16:00Pitching Starts
17:00Judges Deliberation 
18:00Awards & Closing remarks 


Asma Al Blooshi
Asma Al Blooshi Director of the Executive Training Department
Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy
Ghassan Haddad General Counsel
Hessa Murooshid Instructor
Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy
Karim Helal Co-Founder & CEO
Khalifa al Suwaidi
Khalifa al Suwaidi Research Fellow
Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy
Mehdi Boufares Co-founder
IXIA Partners
Mike Grabowski
Mike Grabowski Software Developer
Nada Ait Elhaj Founder
NAI Conseil
Nour Mousa Albow
Nour Mousa Albow Head of Sustainability & ESG
Consulting Engineering Group
Omar Saif
Omar Saif Senior Specialist - Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Paria Al Awadhi
Paria Al Awadhi Associate Director, Business Development Lead
Rona Shedid
Rona Shedid Senior Specialist, Partnerships
Samantha Kayruz
Samantha Kayruz Head of Strategy & Sustainability Impact


Maissam El Kouche
Maissam El Kouche Council Member
AYC Council for Climate Change
Manal Al Braiki Director of Strategic Planning Organization Development Department
Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy
Taleed al Khatib
Taleed AlKhatib Sustainability Manager
The Department of Economy and Tourism
Victor Kiriakos
Victor Kiriakos Founder - CEO
Dunes Ventures

Innovation for a sustainable world

Organizers and participants alike are empowered to engage in technologies and innovations of their choice, across any aspect of climate change that you think would drive impact!


Am I eligible to participate?

The hackathon is open to anyone between the ages of 18-35. Members of a team may join online on the day of the hackathon as long as 70% of their team members are physically on campus on the two days of the hackathon. If you are outside the UAE and would like to participate, Anwar Gergash Diplomatic Academy will not cover any costs for commuting or traveling.

Can I pitch my existing business?

Yes, all ideas that fit the challenges are welcome!

Can I join with my team?

Yes, but each member must register individually and mention they are part of the team.

Do I have to participate in two days?

Apart from Organizers, selected Coaches, Speakers, and press, everyone who attends the event is expected to participate all two days. This is important to minimize distractions/disruptions for working teams.

How do I prepare for the hackathon?

Do some research. Market research and background information will give you a better understanding of the problem you’re trying to solve.

How can I contact the team?

For inquiries please contact the BOLT team at: Sarah@whybolt.com or on 058 557 7589

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