Join the Bank al Etihad Hackathon

19 October 2022
19 October 2022

It’s no secret that technology is the currency of today. However, the secret remains in how organisations harness technology to deliver the best customer experience.

After all, customer servicing isn’t just “hello, how can I help you?” It’s also how customers experience products and services online and whether they make life simpler.

Join the Bank al Etihad hackathon of product development, where diverse ideas collide and the best ones emerge as a new product or service. This is where you will unleash your skill, talent, amazing ideas, build teams and collaborate on game-changing products, disrupt the industry and showcase your skill & talent.

We’ve proposed 4 topics and it’s your team’s job to come up with creative solutions and then it’s your moment to shine in front of tech leaders presenting your project “on stage”.

Project ideas for the hackathon

Participants must pick 1 of the following projects to work on:

Cash flow management

To help people understand their spending habits, develop a mobile app that scans receipts using OCR technology to present them with their shopping history.

Subscription management solution

More and more businesses are subscribing to the services of software companies such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Office. So, create an online platform that would help companies better manage their payments for subscription services.

Accessibility chatbot

The need for chatbots to manage customers’ questions and requests is critical as many rely on websites and mobile apps nowadays. Even though chatbots are everywhere, few are accessible to people with disabilities. So, your task is to build a chatbot that is accessible to blind people. The bot must understand their needs and provide the necessary support.

Buy now, Pay later for university students

Many consumers are looking for the most flexible financing options because of the economic effects caused by the pandemic. Buy Now, Pay Later allows customers to instantly buy items online or in person and pay for them over a specified period. So, we’d like you to build a system or SDK that enables university students to split their online and in-person payments to stay in control and on top of their finances.

Micro payments/ loans
More than 1.7 billion people worldwide don’t have access to the financial services they need.

To address this, build a system that will improve the quality and cost of financial services and find ways to increase access.

About the hackathon

  • Start by applying through the form
  • You will work with a team to solve a challenge
  • You and your team must record a less than 3-minute video pitching your idea to a panel of judges. This video must be uploaded to YouTube (set as unlisted), with the video link sent to the judges
  • You should upload your project to a Git repository like GitHub and Bitbucket
  • You must send an email to with your team’s name and include the link to the YouTube video and project on GitHub or Bitbucket.

The judges will award 3 teams the following:

  1. The winning team will receive 4,000 JOD split equally between team members
  2. Second Place will receive 2,000 JOD split equally between team members
  3. Third Place will receive 1,000 JOD split equally between team members


There’s no age restriction. Anyone is welcome to participate in the hackathon no matter where they live or what field they work in or study.

Evaluation criteria

Teams will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Code quality, system architecture, and design patterns
  • Product features and ideas
  • UX, design, and UI elements
  • Completion: Does the idea work?

Terms and conditions:

  • Hackathon teams must consist of at least 2 participants, with a maximum team size of 4
  • Participants can use any programming language, libraries, frameworks, or open-source code in their projects
  • Participants should upload their projects to a Git repository like GitHub and Bitbucket
  • Participants should submit their projects no later than November 22nd, 2022
  • Teams can get advice and support from organisers, volunteers, sponsors, and others
  • No development may start before the actual date and time of the event
  • A team can submit only 1 entry for the hackathon. You’re not allowed to be on more than one team at the event
  • Submissions are not restricted to running code. Business analysis with proper concept designs are acceptable
  • Hackathon is open for freshers and experienced candidates alike
  • Teams can contact the organisers anytime using Bank al Etihad’s email:
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