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Ideation Marathon
 for Egypt Vision 2030

Ideation Marathon


Egypt, along with the whole world, needs creative innovators and ambitious entrepreneurs who can create solutions to today's challenges. Hence, Egypt's Sustainable Development Strategy: 2030 Vision- Knowledge, Innovation & Scientific Research Pillar aims to establish a creative and innovative society that produces science, technology and knowledge in support of the power, growth and welfare of the nation. The anticipated community shall mainly be made up of creative minds capable of innovation and inspiration who value innovation and entrepreneurship and are able to identify opportunities.
That is also in line with the strong emphasis of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) on establishing an integrated environment encouraging the entrepreneurship system through the establishment of new technological areas in different governorates and through many programs and services for university students and youth in general throughout Egypt.
Hence, The Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) of Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA); one of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) affiliates has announced the launch of the Ideation Marathon.
The aim of the Ideation Marathon is mainly to motivate young people to innovate and to enable them to acquire the knowledge and tools needed to foster the development of innovative skills and original ideas using technology in order to provide solutions to society pressing challenges using the principles and methodologies of creative thinking.
This Ideation Marathon also helps grow innovative ideas into startups as a basis for creating a generation of entrepreneurs and change makers. This is achieved through interactive workshops in a competitive and inspiring environment for young people and through collective action to develop possible solutions.

What is Ideation Marathon?

Ideation Marathon is the first of its kind in Egypt, where a group of creative thinking camps are held in different regions throughout Egypt to train young people on how to generate ideas and create innovative solutions to real societal challenges in Egypt and the world. This is achieved through the following:

  • Interactive workshops where you learn how to think creatively by using the principles and methodologies of creative thinking in the development of innovative solutions to challenges through collective action. These workshops also provide young people with an opportunity to learn about project development skills, how to start companies and how to build strong networks of innovators.
  • Boot Camp for distinguished teams shortlisted from all workshops with a group of mentors to help accelerate the development of projects. Another round of shortlisting will follow in each of the three regions (New Assiut - Borg El Arab - Smart Village).
  • Final selection of winners for awarding.


The Marathon concept addresses one of the challenges of Egypt 2030 Vision for Sustainable Development and works to develop ICT-based solutions where participants are racing to develop innovative solutions based on the latest IT applications and tools within the stated challenge.

In this marathon, competition for solutions to the challenges of the culture pillar through the applications of modern technology (such as enhanced reality technology, image processing, data, IoT and digital geographic maps) is shared to contribute to the achievement of strategic objectives in this area:

  • Supporting cultural industries as a source of strength for the economy.
  • Raise the efficiency of cultural institutions and workers in the cultural system.
  • Protect and promote heritage.

Among the most important challenges facing Egypt in the culture pillar:

  • Lack of digital information about heritage. This challenge underlines shortcoming in coping with international technological developments, which affects the ability of Egyptian heritage to attract tourists.
  • Encroachment on archaeological sites and threats to sites from groundwater. Cultural sites face many threats from infringements on the physical site and from geological risks that may lead to the loss of this cultural wealth.
  • Protection of intangible heritage, including Egypt’s important cultural treasures, Trough digitization archiving and tracking.
  • Disparity in the availability of cultural services among governorates.
For more Info : Culture Pillar


Ideation Marathon will be held in three regions according to the below schedule:

1. Cairo (Smart Village)
2. New Assiut (Technology Zone)
3. Alexandria - Borg El Arab (Technology Zone)

Important Notes

1. Each camp is held for three days (Thursday - Friday - Saturday) from 9 am to 6 pm.
2. Transportation to and from the training venues are provided in addition to meals and drinks.

Ideation Stages
Who can participate ?

• Public and private university students from disciplines related to information technology and business management
• University graduates from disciplines and professions related to information technology and business management. Age limit is up to 40 years.

Geographic Scope

Participation is open to all governorates. The training and competition events are held in the following places:

• Cairo (Smart Village)
• New Assiut (Technology Zone)
• Alexandria - Borg El Arab (Technology Zone)


Awards to distinguished teams as follows:

1. Cash prizes for the top winners of each region:
5 thousand pounds for each of the top three teams in each region.

2. Cash prizes for the top winners at the competition:
• First place: 30,000 EGP
• Second place 20,000 EGP
• Third place 10,000 EGP

Criteria for selecting winners

• The degree of innovativeness and novelty.
• Market Potential.
• Impact at the local/ national/ global level.
• Team Performance.

Join us now at Ideation Marathon. Discover, learn, connect and compete with other young innovators from all over Egypt. Register

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