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April 15 - 18, 2020

What’s it all about?

In partnership with the World Health OrganizationUNICEFUNFPA, and other corporate and government partners, we are kickstarting the first-ever virtual hackathon that brings together Gaza, the West Bank, and the global tech community.

From April 15-18Gaza Sky Geeks, a joint effort of Mercy Corps and Google for Startups, aims to bring together the brightest minds in Palestine and beyond to participate in #HacktheCrisisPalestine.

We were inspired by the global #HacktheCrisis movement to generate solutions for our new COVID19 world. All across the globe, tens of thousands of people have joined forces online to solve problems in health, education, business, and have already created some amazing solutions, making a real impact in people’s lives.

With support from global tech companies opening up APIs, international expert mentors, and local designers, coders, doctors, business minds, and more, we hope to generate immediate solutions to the health and economic crises in Palestine caused by COVID19.

Hackathon Winners


A mobile game, to provide the kids the safety instructions, help them feel better about staying home, and entertain them.


Creating a mobile app to deliver medicines to your doorsteps you can scan the prescription add your insurance and we will automatically deliver it for you using the nearest pharmacy.


An online platform, based on a website and a mobile application in order to facilitate the accessibility and provision of therapy for people suffering from mental health disorders during the outbreak of COVID19 virus with the intention to continue providing this help after the crisis as well.


Baladi is an online farmer marketplace for fresh groceries and food. Farmers can show their products for direct orders from customers thus enabling farmers to reach end customers directly and increase their margins.

Hackathon in numbers

The milestones that this hackathon achieved so far.


Number Of Participants


Mentors in all fields.


Teams formed

Hackathon Prizes



We’re working every day to add more in-kind and cash prizes. Get in touch if you can provide a prize or contribute to supporting Palestine’s top COVID19 response solutions!

Strategic Partners

The hackathon is a volunteer effort to help solve some of the challenges we as a community and as a country are facing today. Let us know if your company is interested in sponsoring prizes, donating APIs or time, or anything else!.


Help us spread the word by posting on social media or writing an article about our hackathon

Hackathon Mentors

Angela Bee Chan

CEO, Hackathons International & Hackathons Australia

Amrit Dhir

Director of Business Development, Sidewalk Labs

Ryan Sturgill

GSG Director

Mustafa Sezgin

VP of Engineering at Glovo, logistics and delivery

Daniel Dart

CEO of DEC projects

Ellis Bartholomeus

CEO of Ellis in Wonderland

Reem Qawasmi

CFO - in - Residence at Ibtikar Fund

Johan Bjurman Bergman

Head of Operations, Strategy & Communications-DEC Projects

Luwei Pearson

Deputy Director Health UNICEF

Amin Shanaa

Co-Founder at JWAR

Tom Hayton

Director/ Consultant in the tech industry

Anni Rowland-Campbell

Director, Intersticia Australia and UK. Non-Exec Director Founders & Coders UK

Salmaa Elshanshory

Director of Operations, Handy Technology

Anne van Drunen Littel

Senior Consultant at Steward Redqueen

Tamkeen Rasool

Senior Manager - Accenture

Bonnie Chiu

Managing Director, The Social Investment Consultancy (social impact, non-profit, technology, international development industries)

Mona Demaidi

Co-managing director for Girls in Tech

Anas Alfarra

Intellectual Property Manager

Diana Biggs

Global Head of Innovation, HSBC Private Banking

Nicholas Doiron

Software Engineer

Jon Morgan

Software Architect at Zimpatica

Isaac Hasson

Strategy and Operations, Google X

Dina Benayad-Cherif

iOS Engineer at Apple Inc.

Mohammad Kabajah

Infrastructure solution architect at (AWS), IT Consultant, and CEO of Brainsole startup

Alaa Fatayer

Head of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Fikra- Paltel Group Innovation Hub

Ahmad Barakat

Cofounder, GoSocial - Digital Marketing & Transformation Consultant

Josephine Kant

Global Program Manager at Google for Startups

Amal Shaikhah

Epidemiology Expert

Daoud Ghannam

CEO of uMake

Alex Chiou

Android Tech Lead at Instagram (Facebook Inc.)

Amr Darwish

Founder & CEO - Lyv

Yousef Elhallaq

City Representative at impACT and Business Development Specialist

Mohammed Abusulaiman

Communication for Development officer- Unicef

Aisha Nasir

Full stack developer

Whitney Purdum

Software Engineer

Abd Basheer

Business Program Manager at Microsoft

Rana Nofal

Head of Programming & Data Department at Ministry of Health

Nathan Fain

Artist in residence PACT Zollverein & Hardware Security Analyst

Sudqi Salaymeh

Founder & CEO - Clearomatics

Saba Rashid

Associate - ideas42 - Behavioral Science organization

A'laa Chbaro

Global Community Director at impACT

Hafeth Zughayer

Founder at Coding Academy of Jerusalem

Matt Suiche

Founder at Comae Technologies

Haya A. Saad

Business Consultants for Startups

Mohammed Nasr

Youth Programme and Communications Officer at the United Nations Population Fund - Palestine

Judging Panel

Angela Bee Chan

CEO, Hackathons International & Hackathons Australia

Ryan Sturgill

GSG Director

Amrit Dhir

Director of Business Development, Sidewalk Labs

Ambar Amleh

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Ibtikar Fund

Mohammed Abusulaiman

Communication for Development officer- Unicef

George Khadder

Managing Director and Founder at SUN BIRD GROUP

Razan Nasr

Head of Stimulation and Exploration Department

Organizing Team

Iyad Altahrawi

Startup Program Manager

Rand Safi

Partnership Management WestBank - Gaza Sky Geeks

Kevin Gomis

CFO and Operations Manager

Mahmoud Al Madhoun

Hachathon Website Manager - Gaza Sky Geeks

Ismail Aziza

Operations and Logistics - Gaza Sky Geeks

Ghada Ibrahim

Event Host - Gaza Sky Geeks

Abdallah Khadra

Event Host - Gaza Sky Geeks

Haneen Bader

Partnership Management WestBank - Gaza Sky Geeks

Nadia Abu Shabaan

Hackathon Organizer - Gaza Sky Geeks

Hussain mahdi

Hackathon Organizer - Gaza Sky Geeks

Asmaa Elkhaldi

Communications and Production - Gaza Sky Geeks

Shams Abu Hassanin

Communication and Graphic Designer - Gaza Sky Geeks

Aya Juma

Communication and Social Media Assistant

Yasmin Abo Omar

Mentorship Coordinator

Mahmoud Khwaiter

Community Care Manager

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