The first Angelhack in the Maldives was organized by Dhiraagu and Sparkhub and the winner was announced on 22nd July 2018. At the closing ceremony held to commemorate the ending of the first AngelHack, Team FINWICE, emerged as winners and will now become part of the global HACKcelerator program and upon successful graduation, will get an exclusive invite to San Francisco for Silicon Valley week & a chance to pitch at Global Demo Day.
The HACKcelerator is an invite-only 12-week pre-accelerator program, which narrows the focus of hackathon projects with the help of local & global mentors by helping to turn projects into viable startups and providing a direct access to the global demo day. Previous invitees of the HACKcelerator program have been inducted to global accelerator programs such as Y-combinator and Techstars. Two HACKcelerator graduates has also been acquired by Google in the past.
A total of 50 participants which included developers, designers and entrepreneurs competed at the first Angelhack held in the Maldives. In addition to the grand winner, projects were also nominated for the international challenges which will go on to compete for the Code for a Cause Impact Award Prize and the IBM challenge.
Angelhack Maldives is a part of 60 hackathons over the period 3 months, bringing together more than 10,000+ developers. This is the first time in Maldives an opportunity as such would be made available for the tech community to grow further and with this, opening the tech community of Maldives to the Silicon Valley.