The participants will develop prototypes to improve traffic, to help the environment, and to improve citizens’ safety in Casablanca.
Rabat – Casablanca will host its fourth Smart City Hackathon April 17-18, an event that Casablanca Events and Animations (CEA) is organizing in partnership with Hack and Pitch.
Animating the Moroccan startup world, this year’s hackathon will focus on the “smart city” concept to create an innovative program for urban development.
Using artificial intelligence, teams will have to develop a prototype or an innovative computer program. The prototype should respond to at least one of three fundamental categories of urban development: Environmental remediation and sustainable development, making citizens feel safer in public spaces, and improving traffic.
CEA noted that participants “will have at their disposal the premises of LaFactory, the ScreenDy platform and many tools.” They will also work with professional mentors who can assist with their projects.
At the end, the teams will present their projects in front of a jury of experts in Casablanca. The winner in each of the three categories will receive a prize and get to go to a four-day bootcamp at LaFactory to accelerate their project.
Winners can also apply for the “scalerator,” a LaFactory program, which gives the “most deserving” winners the benefit of Fond Inov Invest that has funding of MAD 200,000.
The event will also offer companies an opportunity to meet students motivated to work on solving problems of the future.
CEA’s goal is to develop a promotional strategy for Casablanca locally, regionally, and internationally through economic, cultural, and sporting events.