The Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies
, in partnership with the US-based startup incubator Affinis Labs
, held the first-ever Haqqathon ("haqq" means "truth" in Arabic), a 3-day hackathon from April 27-29 that brought together experts in technology, youth culture, entertainment, Islamic scholarship, and other disciplines to create cutting-edge solutions for promoting peace.
Participants at the Haqqathon worked on new social media and digital initiatives that will help Islamic scholars connect with Muslim youth. Teams competed in a fast-paced race against the clock and pitched their ideas in front of judges, a live audience, and a global online audience that watched a live streaming broadcast. The winning teams received prizes and support for incubation at Affinis Labs.
Future Haqqathons are planned around the world that will mobilize Muslim talent to solve global challenges, including such issues as climate change, human trafficking, and refugee crises.