Saudi-based Hajj Hackathon makes it to the Guinness Book of Records

Saudi-based Hajj Hackathon makes it to the Guinness Book of Records
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More than 3,000 software developers and 18,000 computer and information-technology enthusiasts from more than 100 countries take part in Hajj hackathon in Jeddah until Aug. 3. (Amer Hilabi/AFP)
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Women attended the hackathon in Jeddah. (Amer Hilab/AFP)
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Participants also included Saudi women. (Amer Hilab/AFP)
Updated 03 August 2018

Saudi-based Hajj Hackathon makes it to the Guinness Book of Records

Saudi-based Hajj Hackathon makes it to the Guinness Book of Records
  • Hundreds of people took part in the hackathon event, smashing the previous record
  • A number of Hajj-related service industries were involved in the event

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has officially made it to the Guinness Book of Records after carrying out the largest Hajj Hackathon for cyber security, programming and drones.

The event also saw the the largest number of participants in the world with 2950 people taking part.

Royal Court advisor and head of the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones, Saud Al-Qahtani said: “The Kingdom’s record in the Guinness Book highlights the aspiration of Saudi youth for their country to be a technology portal in the region,” he said.

He added: “this is in line with the ambitious Kingdom’s 2030 vision that takes the Kingdom to a quantum leap on all levels.”

The record-breaking Hajj Hackathon was announced at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.  

Saud Al-Qahtani, an advisor at the Royal Court and head of Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones received the Guiness Book confirmation of the record achievement from arbitrator Ahmed Jabr.

The record breaking Hackathon with 2950 participants, smashed the previous event that saw 2577 people registered in India in 2012.

The Kingdom’s entry to the Guinness Book of Records, attracted developers from a variety of countries including Saudi Arabia and other other Gulf states, as well as the wider world.

The hackathon  involved Hajj related sectors, including food and beverages, public health, and accommodation arrangements, as well as waste management, housing and communication solutions.