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Posted On: 23 September 2019 07:00 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:05 pm

Qatar SportsTech’s 2nd Hackathon in Doha, Qatar

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The Qatar SportsTech (QST) Hackathon presents a unique opportunity for the entrepreneurial minds of Doha to get together and build the future of sports from the ground-up. Over the course of 48 intense hours, the 50 participants will go through all the initial stages of forming a company with the assistance of mentors on-site.

Qatar SportsTech is founded by Qatar Development Bank and partnered with BeIN Media Group, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Aspire Zone Foundation, Qatar Financial Centre, and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Additionally, the Hackathon is sponsored by Alfardan Group and supported by ecosystem leaders such as Campus & Student Life Qatar, TASMU, Workinton, QBIC Fab Lab, Qatar Living, and I Love Qatar.

The hackathon kicks off Thursday, September 26 at Workinton - Alfardan Centre. The event starts with an ideation session structured around QST’s own customized and innovative ideation board game. Aside from breaking the ice between strangers, the game allows for the participants to rapidly launch their own ideas. Teams will holistically form around the most popular ideas and the teams will start building their concept.

The sleepless 48 hours consists of food, coffee, Red Bull, and plenty of networking. With a FabLab on-site, ideas will be prototyped and validated.

The event concludes with a pitch session in front of the judging jury.

“With the World Cup at our doorstep, we want to empower entrepreneurial students and professionals alike to put their ideas into practice and find solutions for the growing industry. Hackathons are great platforms for innovation. With hard work and a bit of luck, what might start small over a weekend can grow into the next big thing impacting the sports sector. We also would love to welcome homegrown initiatives into our upcoming accelerator,”

Koen Bosma, Managing Director of Qatar SportsTech.


How to enhance the experience for fans, the performance of athletes and the overall administration of major sports events such as the World Cup 2022.

What's at stake:

The final winners of the Hackathon will be presented with exposure and prizes that will help them develop their businesses further towards commercial success. The companies build during the Hackathon will benefit from the added exposure and network which will help them grow long after the event has ended.

Through QSTs lucrative partnerships, the winning teams will be ensured broad exposure and get to enjoy many prizes. Amongst others: the teams will be granted 2 months' exclusive access to office spaces at Workinton, premium spa vouchers, prototyping support from QBIC FabLab, and access to $550K worth of software discounts.

Judging Jury:

The QST Hackathon is a collective effort of the biggest sports organizations in Qatar: The judging jury will consist of the following:

  • Mr. Hilal Al Kuwari from Qatar Development Bank
  • Mr. Anton Indica Amarasinghe from The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy
  • Mr. Khalid Al Hendawi from Aspire Zone Foundation
  • Mr. Majed Abdulaziz Al Khulaifi from Qatar Business Incubation Center
  • Ms. Heba Al Masri from Startupbootcamp
  • Ms. Eman Al Kuwari from TASMU
  • Mr. Mohamed Sleiman from Alfardan Properties

QST Hackathon History:

This is the 2nd time Qatar SportsTech invites the entrepreneurial scene to solve the problems facing the sports industry. The previous event was held on March 2019 and attracted 150 digital enthusiasts from over 25 nationalities.

Two of the three winners are still active today and are tirelessly working to build their newly founded companies.

"Great insights were shared by the mentors, which helped us to make the desired tweaks for the product. We are definitely looking forward towards upcoming events. A big thumbs up to QST, Workinton, all other partners and mentors for providing such a great opportunity for everyone along with an amazing environment, place, and food,"

Arijit Mukherjee, XvsY team member and winner of the 1st QST Hackathon.

About Qatar SportsTech

Qatar SportsTech is a leading accelerator program, focused on growing the SportsTech sector in Doha. As part of the Rainmaking Group based out of Copenhagen, a global venture builder and creator of Startupbootcamp, the program helps SportsTech startups scale globally through direct access to an international network of mentors, partners, and investors.

For more information about Qatar SportsTech, please visit or contact [email protected]

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