How to Apply


Thank you for your interest in being a mentor at the NYUAD International Hackathon 2020. The success of this event depends significantly on the contribution, dedication, expertise, and the talent mentors bring to this event. We are seeking highly talented, and passionate technology experts who love to work and inspire students with different level of skills. The ideal mentor is someone with extensive experience in winning or guiding a winning team during Hackathons or competitions.


Note: Mentors MUST be proficient in web applications such as Ruby, PHP, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, or mobile (iOS/Android) applications with third-party API dependencies, and/or other skills and processes needed for succeeding in Hackathons.


Each mentor will be responsible for a team of five students from all over the world (Majority of the students are undergraduate from the Arab World).


Mentors MUST be present with their team the entire three days of coding during the Hackathon to provide guidance and answer questions and help troubleshoot difficult problems facing the team. Mentors are expected to guide (but not dominate) discussion about how to approach the idea/problem selected during Ideation, suggesting appropriate technologies and an appropriate implementation scope for the time available.


We might invite you to give a technology lightning talk (5 minutes) during the Hackathon.  We will be providing more information on mentoring after the selection of mentors after February 15th.


Ideas will be pitched during the ideation phase on the first day of the Hackathon as well as the team selection.


We will cover accommodation, food, and airfare (Economy airfare, if applicable) for selected mentors.


In order to apply to be a mentor for the NYUAD Hackathon 2020, please fill out this form in its entirety to better help us plan for this event. Please apply by the deadline.



We are looking for mentors with strong Hackathons experience (won Hackathons), and also have led and managed web and mobile developers teams.


Thank you in advance.

Application Form

Personal Information

First Name *:
Last Name *:
E-mail Address *:
Phone Address *:
Job Title *:
Prefix *: MsMrMrsProfessor
Education *: PhDMaster's DegreeBA or BSOther
If Other,
please specify:
Gender *: MaleFemale
University or Company Name *:
If a startup, how would you describe your company?:
Github account *:
Linkedin account *:
Website, twitter and other comical media accounts: *:

Address Information

Street Address *:
Address Line 2:
Postal/Zip Code:
Passport Country *:
Important for visa
Country *:
Residing and you will be flying from and to


Select your top 3 skills ONLY to support team(s) during the Hackathon *:

Select your top skill to support/mentor team(s) during the Hackathon *:

List the top 3 API’s that you would support during the Hackathon *:
Did you or your team win in previous Hackathons? *: YesNo
If yes, Provide information on the Hackathon event and description of your project, rank, and URL’s for the Hackathon(s):
Have you lead a team to develop a tech application in the past (other than a Hackathon)? *: YesNo
If yes, please provide more details: When and where, type of event, technology used, the product produced, how many people were in your team, and how did that team do:
Would you like to give a technology lightning (10 minutes) or a longer talk (1 hour) during the Hackathon? *: YesNo
This talk can be related to any topic relevant to the hackathon such as front-end topic, or back-end technologies, demo of an API, Android, or iOS mobile development, MongoDB, machine learning, GitHub, hardware hacks, and drone hacks.
If, yes, provide us with details for the session title and few paragraph descriptions and outline of topics and technologies?:
Would you like to give a Ideation Talk (15 minutes talks) covering different themes: *: YesNo
It can be related to health, civic engagement, refugees, education, or any other topic relevant to social good in the Arab world
If, yes, provide us with details for the session title and few paragraph descriptions and outline of topics and technologies?:
Why do you think you would be a good mentor? Why should we select you? *:
Provide a brief bio of yourself to include on our website in case you are selected (max of 150 words). *:
How did you find out about the NYUAD Hackathon? *:

Comments and Feedback

Feel free to provide us with comments, suggestions, ideas for apps to implement during the Hackathon, or topics that students might like to hear about during this event.:




Deadline to submit applications is February 1, 2020. This is an absolute deadline so we can obtain visas for all of the Hackathon attendees. You should hear from us by  February 25, 2020. Please note that for mentor and team leader applicants, we will ONLY consider qualified academics, highly experienced tech developers, and founders of successful startups. Thank you your application and we look forward to seeing in Abu Dhabi in February.

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