hackNYUAD, a 24-hour annual hackathon is here! Open to the NYUAD Student community irrespective of year, class, or experience level, this is a fun and thrill-packed competition to foster learning, development, and collaboration among the Tech community at NYUAD.


All the events during the hackathon will be held virtual, through Zoom. Participants are free to meet in-person.


5 November 2021

10:30 - 11 am:  Welcome + Discussion about the Hackathon

11 - 11:30 am: Ideation/ Brainstorming

2 pm: Hackathon Officially Starts

2 pm: Git Workshop by Reem Hazim

6 pm: 2nd workshop TBD

8-9 pm: hackAD office hours

12 am-1 am : hackAD office hours

6 November 2021

9-10 am: hackAD office hours

2 pm: Submission Deadline

4 pm (subject to change): Demo/Showcase Event

6:30 pm (subject to change): Winners announced!



As the name suggests, the theme for this year is around ‘hack NYUAD’. Find ideas, solutions, and innovations to make your student and social life on campus better. It is a broad idea and can be interpreted as the participants wish.


We have four different tracks or fields in which projects could be submitted. However, students are not limited to these specific areas. 


Projects in this track focus in improving and innovating different modes of Education. Apps to help in focusing or scheduling better; Easier online to In-person education mode transition?


Projects focus on several health issues (both Physical and Mental wellbeing). Trackers, reminders, mental support, and much more!


Solutions or ways we could go environment-friendly easily. An app perhaps to solve the Trash spreading issue on campus or ways to make recycling better?


Projects should focus on finding solutions or tackle the underlying causes of these persistent issues. Think about how could you make this specific app more accessible to XYZ community?



  1. How can I get help with my project?
    Every team will be assigned an e-board member, who can advise you on all the questions that come up. You also have the Slack channel to reach out to the entire community. For technical questions, you can always use the awesome Unix Lab.
  2. What does the submission process look like?
    A successful submission consists of two parts. First, the submission deadline for all the documentation and written code is on 6 November at 2 pm GST via Github. Second, the project needs to be presented/ demoed during the Showcase event Complete Agenda and details will be shared soon!
  3. What technologies should be used?
    There is no limit on the technologies you can or should use. 
  4. What about using online resources?
    You are encouraged to make the most out of the resources available to you, however, plagiarism is not tolerated and will result in immediate disqualification.
Teams and Tracks
  1. How big will the teams be? 
    The team can have a maximum of 4 people. 
  2. Can I go, Solo? 
  3. I don’t have a team. Can hackAD find me a team?
    Yes, please indicate that in your application and we try our best to match you with a team.
  4. What if my idea doesn’t fit in any of the tracks?
    That’s completely fine! Participants have complete flexibility in choosing ideas and are not limited to any specific areas.

What if I am still confused?
Whatever question or hesitation you might have, you can post them on hackAD’s slack channel or send them directly to any e-board member.



Email: nyuad.hackad.sig@nyu.edu

Instagram: hackad.nyuad

Hackathon Sponsors


$150 in prizes

Amazon Gift Card (3)

Fast-tracked to an interview to join the NYUAD InnoVention Competition 2022.

Winners get a chance to be fast-tracked to an interview to join the NYUAD InnoVention Competition 2022.
The competition is tailored to help you build a #startup team, prototype products, and pitch commercially viable solutions for pressing societal problems, with prizes worth USD 3000. Find more details about the competition here: https://page.startad.ae/nyuad-innovention

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Maimuna Zaheer

Hazem Ibrahim

Hazem Ibrahim

Djellel Difallah

Djellel Difallah

Mai Oudah

Mai Oudah

Sabira Huda

Sabira Huda
Program Coordinator, startAD

Judging Criteria

  • Adherence to the Theme "hackNYUAD"
    The term “hack NYUAD” can be interpreted as broadly as participants wish. The end product of the hackathon need not always be an app or solution to solve some concrete problem. Points: 30
  • Usefulness and Applicability
    How relevant the project is to the campus at a larger scale, i.e the number of students it would benefit, the level of awareness it would raise about a particular problem, etc. Points: 30
  • Technologies Used and Degree of Completion
    At the end of the day, all teams are expected to have some working code prototype. However, since this is an entry-level hackathon, more emphasis is to be placed upon the actual idea and thought processes behind the project. Points: 20
  • Showcase/Presentation
    All the projects must be presented during the showcase event. Presentation: 3 Minutes Judges’ QnA: 1-2 Minutes. The time limit must be strictly adhered to. Points: 10

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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