Morocco Solidarity Hackathon

AI to monitor natural disasters risks

An overview of the consequences of the earthquake in Morocco

The recent earthquake in Morocco has had devastating consequences. As of the latest update from the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior, the death toll stands at 2,901, with over 5,530 injured. The quake, which measured 7 on the Richter scale, struck on Friday evening. Rescue operations are ongoing, as teams continue to search for potential survivors. Beyond the immediate human toll, the quake has had a significant impact on infrastructure. Many have been left homeless, and over 500 schools, particularly in rural areas, have been damaged. In these regions, logistics and infrastructure challenges are exacerbating the difficulties of relief and recovery efforts.

Donate to the Canadian Red Cross and the Moroccan Red Crescent

What is Morocco Solidarity Hackathon?

Welcome to Morocco Solidarity Hackathon, a 2-days AI hackathon dedicated to harnessing the power of artificial intelligence in mitigating natural disasters risks. Hosted by Mila, this event brings together brilliant teams to tackle challenges that demonstrate their ingenuity and expertise in natural disasters risks reduction.

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to be a part of shaping a safer future in natural disasters prone regions. Also, you will be contributing to a noble cause. Your participation directly supports the invaluable work of the La Croix-Rouge Canadienne and the Croissant-Rouge Marocain.

Hackathon Statistics

  • 🙋‍♂️ 170+ participants expressed interest in joining the hackathon
  • 74 participants actively participated in the hackathon by submitting their work
  • 🤝 35 mentors helped and assisted the participants
  • 👥 19 teams were formed
  • 📄 19 submissions were made
  • 🎤 8 speakers gave a talk
  • 🏆 5 winning teams were selected for the AWS prize
  • 🚀 1 solo submission was made
  • 💰 3000 CAD+ raised in a few days through Red Cross Canada for the earthquake relief efforts last week
  • 🌍 20 people donated to the Moroccan earthquake relief efforts through Red Cross Canada
  • 12 different time zones
  • 🌍 3 different continents

Why should you participate?

  • Innovate for Good: It is not only a competition over a weekend. Be part of a community that will last after the hackathon and brainstorm for solutions on-the-field that can save lives.
  • Philanthropic Contribution: Your participation directly supports the missions of the Canadian Red Cross and the Moroccan Red Crescent raising funds.
  • Skill Development: Even if you are discovering the world of AI and natural disasters mitigation, our mentors are here to help you out, provide guidance and make the most out of this hackathon !

Who can participate?

We are looking for scientists, engineers and AI enthusiasts who want to make a difference. You are more than welcome to contribute!

Where and when ?

This hackathon is a competition that will take place this weekend, Saturday 16th of September, 9 am EDT to Sunday 17th of September, 7 pm EDT, at the Mila Agora and virtually! This hackathon is not only a competition over a week-end . It is the opportunity to foster collaborations for long-term impactful projects and keep in touch with the community.

How will this happen ?

Teams of 3 to 5 participants will be formed. You can make your own team in advance, if you want to participate with friends ! We also encourage you to apply if you do not have a team, you will be affected to one on Saturday. We will select 3 winning teams, and each team member will receive a valuable prize, stay tuned ! The hackathon slack workspace will stay open for all teams that wish to keep in touch and/or implement an impactful on-the-field project, or write a paper with highly skilled scientists.

What challenges can I tackle ?

Join us to mobilize our best minds on :

  • Humanitarian relief Logistics (e.g. telecommunication optimization, rescue resources distribution using helicopters, drones ..)
  • Natural disasters risk forecasting (hurricanes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires …)
  • Natural Disaster Preparedness (e.g. optimal pavement management)
  • Dataset Curation (e.g. satellite Images, seismic activity time-series, ...)

Or any other challenge that you find relevant!


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    Yoshua Bengio

    Turing Award winner, Professor at UdeM and Scientific Director of Mila

    (Link to talk)

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    Dick den Hertog

    Professor of Operations Research at the University of Amsterdam

    (Link to talk)

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    Robin Murphy

    Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow

    (Link to talk)

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    Léonard Boussioux

    Assistant Professor in Information Systems and Operations Management - University of Washington

    (Link to talk)

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    Alexandre Jacquillat

    Associate Professor of Operations Research and Statistics at the MIT Sloan School of Management

    (Link to talk)

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    Peetak Mitra

    Founding Scientist at Excarta

    (Link to talk)

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    Mehdi Bennis

    Professor, Head of ICON,IEEE Fellow, Univ. of Oulu, 6GFlagship Finland

    (Link to talk)

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    Lihui Zhang

    Business Development Specialist at Planet Labs

    (Link to talk)


The hackathon will take place this weekend, Saturday 16th of September, 9 am to Sunday 17th of September, 7 pm, at the Mila Agora and virtually!

Saturday 16 September:

08:30 Breakfast welcoming

09:00 Opening Keynote by Yoshua Bengio

09:30 Talk by Alexandre Jacquillat

10:00 Talk by Robin Murphy

10:30 Talk by D. D. Hertog

11:00 Challenge Presentation

11:30 Hacking

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Hacking / Snacks

Sunday 17 September:

09:00 Opening Breakfast

09:30 Talk by Mehdi Bennis

10:00 Talk by Peetak Mitra

10:30 Hacking

13:00 Lunch Break

14:00 Hacking

16:00 Talk by Léonard Boussioux

16:40 Talk by Lihui Zhang

17:30 Winners celebration


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    Loubna Benabbou

    Chair Professor of AI for supply chain at UQAR

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    Léna Néhale Ezzine

    PhD student at Mila & UdeM

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    Oussama Boussif

    PhD student at Mila & UdeM

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    Ghait Boukachab

    Data Scientist at Videns Analytics

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    Mohammed Mahfoud

    Visiting researcher at Mila

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    Ayoub Atanane

    Visiting researcher at Mila & MS student at UQAR


This event was made possible thanks to the great contributions from:


  • Is it free?

    Yes, applying and competing in the hackathon is free.

  • Food ?

    Breakfast and Lunch will be provided

  • Skills needed?

    None, just the desire to make a change.

  • Can I register alone?

    Yes, but we do encourage you to form/join a team!

Get in touch

Do you have any questions? Do not hesitate to contact us.