AngelHack, the world's largest hackathon with over 150,000 developers across more than 150 cities, has been launched for the first time in Maldives.
Jointly organised by Dhiraagu and Sparkhub, AngelHack Maldives was launched by Dhiraagu's acting Chief Marketing Officer Ahmed Maumoon and SparkHub's Managing Partner Ali Haris at a ceremony held at Dhiraagu Head Office late on Tuesday. The two-day hackathon will be held on July 21 and 22.
Founded in 2011 in San Francisco, USA, AngelHack is a global organisation through which developers, designers and entrepreneurs can become holistic hackers through programmes that solve issues ranging from business to social impact. The hackathon is held in various cities every year, during which participants compete to built and launch new software solutions. The winning team from each city is invited to join the AngelHack Accelerator programme, the "HACKcelerator".
At the local launch, Dhiraagu and Sparkhub announced that the winning team from Maldives will also receive direct entry into the HACKcelerator. At the end of the programme, select teams will be invited to San Francisco for Global Demo Day, where they will receive the chance to pitch their startup to investors.
Regarding the hackathon, SparkHub's Managing Partner Haris called on all coders, developers and entrepreneurs around Maldives to participate in AngelHack and show off their skills to the world.
“Previous AngelHack winners around the world have gone on to attend famous incubators, including YCombinator, TechStars, AngelPad, MassChallenge and 500 Startups, and have also received attention from big players in the industry. And this gives a chance for developers and coders of the country to hack into the international market. Together with Dhiraagu, we are very proud to finally bring this to the Maldives," he said.
Dhiraagu's acting CMO Maumoon also commended the Maldivian youth leading the local tech industry, praising their talents and creativity. He expressed confidence in their abilities to hold their own on powerful platforms such as AngelHack, and wished local entrants luck in the programme.
"With our focus on youth empowerment and innovation, we are very proud to organize the first and biggest international hackathon in Maldives together with Sparkhub and support the local tech community under our CSR programme. This would be a great opportunity for local developers and coders to take their startup ideas into a global accelerator programme."