About the Hackathon

  • Handis Hackathon is a technical event that aims to bring together undergraduate students from different majors to address specific challenges and problems using technical and creative skills.
  • It provides a conducive environment for participants to learn from each other and exchange experiences and ideas, enabling them to develop their skills and benefit from the experiences of others.
  • Applicant teams will undergo a selection process and the teams that are best fit for the hackathon will be chosen as one of the 16 participating teams.
  • The competition will be held on Saturday, the 27th of April.
  • Participants will have 8 hours to solve the problem they picked at the beginning of the day. After that, their solutions will be judged and showcased in an exhibition.
  • The first three winning teams will be announced in the closing ceremony, on April 30th.

Hackathon Objectives

  • Enhance the engineering and analytical thinking of male and female students in Saudi universities
  • Simulate the future work environment for engineers and prepare them for the job market in line with Vision 2030
  • Train students to present projects before the judging committee, discuss ideas, and answer related questions
  • Foster teamwork spirit

Hackathon Fields

  • Healthcare
  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Construction
  • Transportation

Hackathon Timeline

  • Registration Begins

    31 March 2024

  • Registration Ends

    7 April 2024

  • Training Camp

    23 April 2024

  • Competition Day

    27 April 2024

  • Closing Ceremony

    30 April 2024


First Place


Second Place


Third Place


Terms and Conditions

  • Each team must consist of 3 to 5 members
  • All members must be current undergraduate students at a university in the Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia, and it is not required that all members of one team be from the same university or major
  • The team leader must register all of their members via the approved registration link on the website, and any individual applications will not be considered
  • Registrants must have an interest in the fields of healthcare, environment, energy, construction or transportation, and it is not required that they specialize in them.
  • One team must consist of only male or female students, and teams that violate this will be excluded
  • All team members must attend the training camp. The absence of any team leads to their immediate exclusion
  • The participating teams’ outputs must be engineering solutions that meet the judging criteria
  • The contestants must confirm that they have not shared the ideas presented in any previous competitions

Judging Criteria


Innovation and Originality


Prototype Design


Previous Hackathon Statistics

Registered Teams


Total Registered


Accepted Teams






Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Why Handis?

    Handis is a student-led hackathon aimed towards showcasing the innovative mindset of students in Saudi Arabia. Handis is organized by students for students, which makes it uniquely set up to fit the standards of students.

  • How will I find a problem for the hackathon?

    The hackathon is set up in a way that makes it easy for participants to find a problem. A list of problems will be shared during the first course of the hackathon. Each team will pick a problem that suits their expertise best.

  • What are the expected outcomes for each team?

    Each team is expected to work collectively to come up with an idea for the provided problem. It is required for the idea presented to be both unique and applicable in real life. The team is also expected to share a final product (prototype, abstract, or a simplified model) with the judges.

  • How will my idea be evaluated?

    The hackathon participants will be evaluated by highly qualified professionals in both the engineering field and other related fields. Some of the criteria that the participants will be evaluated on are uniqueness, convenience, and practicality.

  • What if I don’t possess any technical skills or knowledge in things such as 3D printing, programming and other skills?

    Using such tools/ skills is highly encouraged but not mandatory. We will also ensure the availability of highly qualified professionals to help the teams with such skills.

  • What are the winning projects in the previous edition of the hackathon?

    Students from Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University participated in the 2022 Engineering Hackathon "Towards a Better Healthy Environment." The event concluded with the following projects winning:

    First Place A device that helps deal with epileptic seizures in children. It was developed by female students from the Departments of Biomedical and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, in addition to the College of Design.

    Second Place A device that detects diabetic foot ulcers before they occur, developed by female students from the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

    Third Place A project to design a wheelchair equipped with smart sensors to deal with collision cases during Hajj and Umrah times. It was developed by female students from the Departments of Biomedical and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, in addition to the College of Computer.

  • Am I allowed to attend the hackathon virtually?

    No, the hackathon is purely an on-campus event.

  • Am I allowed to further develop my idea after the hackathon?

    It is encouraged that the participants further develop and improve their ideas. Our team works hard to ensure that the participants get access to professionals that will help them achieve that.

  • Am I allowed to leave the building during the hackathon?

    No, the participants are not allowed to leave the building during the hackathon. However, the participants are allowed to bring any materials they find useful.