Middle East hackathon for Mecca pilgrimage breaks world record


A Saudi Arabia-based hackathon that aims to find high-tech solutions to improve the pilgrimage to Mecca has broken the Guinness World Record for the most amount of software developers in a single location. 

According to the organisers, 2,950 developers were in attendance at the event on Wednesday, which focuses on the Hajj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.

This hackathon broke the record held by India in 2012, which had a total of 2,577 participants.

Attendees on the opening night included Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales. The Saudi government teamed up with Google to hold the event. 

“This event is one of the most important things for a country that has…

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