What is Innov8 Hackathon ?

Innov8 Hackathon is one of Bahrain’s biggest hackathons on cloud-based innovation, conducted in partnership with Tamkeen Bahrain and powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The Goal Of The Innov8 Hackathon:

Over a period of 48 hours, the minds of selected young individuals passionate about tech and tech-base solutions will be put together to collaborate and ideate brilliant tech-based solutions in the form of applications and prototypes that can contribute to SDG 8, Decent Work and Economic Development in Bahrain

Hackathon Theme

The tracks of Innov8 Hackathon 2023 will be based on the theme of SDG 8, Decent Work and Economic Development in Bahrain.

SDG 8, Decent Work and Economic Development,

SDG 8, Decent Work and Economic Development, As part of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), goal 8 focuses on promoting sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.

Digitization and Innovation: Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading, and innovation, including through a focus on high-value-added labor-intensive sectors

Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Innovation: Promote development-oriented policies that support activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro -, small, and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services

Environmental Sustainability: Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavor to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programs on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead

Safe and Secure Working Environments: Protect labor rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment

Sustainable Tourism / Environmental Tourism: By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products.

Application Requirements

Hackthon Language: English

Admissible Age Groups: 

Track 1: High School Students

Track 2: University Students & Recent Graduates

Track 3: Startups / Commercialise Entities

Team Requirements: Min. 2 to Max. 5 Team Members

Nationality: Any nationality but must be based in Bahrain

Application Deadline: 9th May 2023

Free Pre-Hack Learning Days!!!

Prior to the Innov8 Hackathon event itself, three consecutive Pre-Hack Learning Days will be held. 

Every participant has the opportunity to attend these days for FREE where various types of engaging and beneficial activities relevant to each sector will take place. 

Attendees of the Pre-Hack Days will get the opportunity to attend beneficial speaker sessions and workshops that address the various elements of the hackathon, as well as other networking and entertainment events.!

Types of Activities:

Speaker Sessions with prominent industry personalities

Workshops by leading field experts

Event Information

 Registration Fee : FREE

Hackthon Duration : 72 Hours  

Hackthon Event Dates : 10th - 13th May 2023

 Pre - Hackthon Event Dates : 7th - 9th May 2023

Judging Round : 16th May 2023

Closing Ceremony - Winner Announcement :  16th May 2023

 No. Of Teams: 30+

Tracks: 3


Location: Virtual & In - Person

*The hackathon will be held with a mix of virtual and in-person events. Where the launch and final event will be in person and learning week will be held virtually. innovative online platforms.


Here are some testimonials from our participants of past Hackathon, that were organized MENA region-wide:

Participating at the MENA Hackathon was a one of a kind experience, it felt like a golden opportunity to have access to such a prestigious event during the pandemic. I found the Learning Days to be very useful as the workshops and speaker sessions helped me learn a lot about the current status of technology and innovation in the world and how I can apply and acquire knowledge towards my career goals. The MENA Hackathon team was so supportive throughout the event and I really hope that they bring this event back next year.

- Marwa Mohammed Atiya,Team: Mumkin

“I would like to really thank you for the great hackathon, it was really organized and the activities flowed really smoothly, thanks a lot for the organizers and Amazon for Echo and the awesome AWS Credits, I am a data scientist myself and the cloud services are advancing at a really fast pace so having AWS credits can service to familiarize ourselves with the AWS solutions. Thank you all again.”

- AbdulRahman Naboulsi, Team: Rahhal Mobile Application

“It was a good experience and representing our country in the MENA region, which was a good achievement. Our mission is to highlight all outdoors experience in the MENA and we hope that Hackathons programs like this one will be our road to success.”

- Chloe Jabbour, Team: Tripntap

“The MENA Hackathon was an amazing experience, especially during the pandemic when times were extremely difficult. The fact that the hackathon was online, gave us a great opportunity to join and pitch our idea. Other than working with an amazing team, It was great to hear the valuable insights of specialists in the field and have a look at where the healthcare sector is heading.”

- Maroun Wakim, Team: Mask-19

“It was one of the most wonderful experiences I've could ever have; I learned a lot of new skills, also it was very informative, and engaging, and I enjoyed working with my collaborating team.”

- Zainab Mohammed. Team: Above Clouds Are Present

“A group of three of my fellow classmates and I participated in the MENA Hackathon in their 2021 competition and won first place with the project idea we managed to deliver. I thank the organizers of the MENA Hackathon for their support, I really enjoyed the competition and I got alot of experience such as How to adapt to the team and How to produce new creative ideas for the future and be able to think them over to make them come to life.”

- Ghassaq Jawad Zikrait, Team: Believers

Innov8 Hackathon Partners

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Strategic Partners




Delivered By

Innov8 Educational Partners

University of Bahrain

Bahrain Polytechnic

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