FAFS, a team of Lebanese students, and faculty at MIT, with the support of volunteers from around the world, participated as a partner in the MIT Lebanon Challenge, a large-scale virtual Hackathon targeting Lebanese youth and focused on solving the most pressing economic challenges facing Lebanon across the following tracks:
1. Basic Needs: Food, Shelter, Water, Health, Energy, Waste Management
2. Knowledge Economy: Tech, Creative and Media
3. Industrial Economy: Manufacturing and Agriculture
The 48-hour virtual hackathon took place on the weekend of June 26-28 and brought together over 60 partners, 100 mentors, and 24 judges. It attracted more than 1,000 applicants. Participating teams developed ideas to address the challenges Lebanon is facing and pitched their ideas to judges. Mentors provided expertise, challenged the team's ideas, guided them towards better solutions, and directed them to valuable resources.