Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference to Host Marathon and Hackathon for African Children

Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference to Host Marathon and Hackathon for African Children

DIHAD will be a week-long conference organised from 6th to 12th March in Dubai. It will include a marathon and a hackathon for the benefit of African children

Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference (DIHAD), scheduled to take place from 6-12 March 2020, is focusing on Africa this year. Held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the United Nations, DIHAD’s two key events include a marathon and hackathon. The marathon, which supports African children, will take place on Happiness Street on 6th March from 6-10 am and is expected to attract participation from over 202 nationalities. The hackathon, which is likely to have 200 participants, will focus on finding technology solutions for humanitarian projects. It will focus on telehealth, tele education for developing nations, humanitarian devices, and other innovative ideas related to technology based solutions. Winners of the hackathon will be mentored to create the prototypes of three winning ideas. 

Interested participants can register for the two events via DIHAD’s official website: Dubai Sports Council, Dubai Islamic Bank, Noor Dubai Foundation and Dubai Future Council are also collaborating in the upcoming events.

During a recent press conference, Chairman DIHAD, Dr Abdul Salam Al Madani said, “This year the focus of DIHAD is Africa and we intend to reach out to the children of Africa. As an organisation while we look to fulfilling universal human needs of food, clothing and shelter, our focus is looking to aid education, infrastructure, health and working with government and NGOs in countries selected to provide long-term solutions.”

Dr Abdul Salam also said Dubai has been continuously raising funds to assist countries in need, irrespective of any differences in caste, nationality, race or religion. He said the emirate has previously raised funds for Haiti, New Zealand and Australia, and done significant work in rebuilding the infrastructure in the Indian state of Kerala, after it was hit by floods.

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.