Amazon hosts 2nd edition of Amazon Teckathon

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AMMAN — Amazon announced it will be launching the second edition of a virtual event for developing creative software solutions designated for undergraduate and postgraduate university students in Jordan, said the Jordan News Agency Petra.اضافة اعلان

Amazon Teckathon is three-day event scheduled to open July 26. It will see participants collaborate to design, code, and develop creative software solutions designed to have a real-life impact on improving everyday life within their communities.

An opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities while engaging in healthy competition, Amazon Teckathon is open to all university students in Jordan with a passion for technology and software development.

Participants will pitch their projects to senior engineers and managers from Amazon, who will evaluate submissions based on software implementation, as well as idea and presentation. The top talents will come together and unlock the challenge.

Currently, entry is open to individual students or teams of up to three through the official Amazon Teckathon website: Registration is open until June 20.

Amazon Teckathon participants will receive support for Amazon internship applications, and be in for a chance to win prizes, including scholarships in the form of cash contributions towards their education for the top three winning teams.

They will be respectively awarded scholarships worth $10,000 for first place, $7,000 for second, and $5,000 for third. The money will be divided equally among team members.

Amazon will also recognize winners across two special categories, including “Best Customer Centric Solution for MENA Customers” and “Best Gender Inclusive Team,” with team members from each recognized team winning their own Kindle devices.

Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Ahmed Al-Hanandeh stressed the importance of supporting initiatives, competitions, and events aimed at encouraging Jordanian university students to develop creative software solutions with real-life impact.

Hanandeh pointed out that Jordan’s greatest resource is its human capital and the highly skilled young population, which is capable of competing globally with its passion for technology, proving itself regionally and worldwide.

The minister thanked Amazon for supporting the talents from Jordan-based universities, by launching a virtual Hackathon event for the second time, highlighting their ability to innovate through technology and software solutions.

Ronaldo Mouchawar, vice president of Amazon Middle East and North Africa, said the American multinational technology giant is “very excited to once again encourage some of the brightest minds in Jordan’s tech community to come together, demonstrating the synergy between innovation and customer-centric thinking during this year’s hackathon.”

“We saw exceptional innovations come out of our first hackathon event last year, such as the first-place winning idea, which saw a machine learning-based solution to support individuals with speech impediments in using voice-activated technologies,” he said.

“We are truly looking forward to nurturing more students once again this year as we give them the opportunity to innovate on behalf of customers just like we do at Amazon,” he added.

Mahmoud Al-Obeidat, Amazon’s Jordan country manager, said the exchange between Amazon teams and “incredible young local talent from universities across Jordan during these events is always inspiring”.

“Jordan has a very strong technology landscape, with a breadth of local talent and skills, and continues to play a key role for the Amazon business in the MENA region,” he explained.

During the Amazon Teckathon, participants will be given three development days to work on their projects, starting from the actual software solution, including back- and front-end development, and closing with a five-minute presentation for the committee.

The showcase should include artifacts such as source code documentation and detail of the technology behind the solution, in addition to the final product to be accessed by the judging panel.

Teams will be shortlisted by July 7 ahead of the competition, with three top winning teams selected and announced in August. Amazon Teckathon criteria includes factors such as originality, real-world impact, product feasibility, and overall presentation.

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