With the global outbreak of COVID-19 and the race to stop the spread of the disease, communities of tech professionals, data scientists, healthcare professionals, designers, researchers and entrepreneurs are coming together online to collaborate, innovate and quickly find solutions through hackathons. There are many hackathons taking place across Europe; below is a list of current and upcoming hackathons which we will keep updated.
If you have any updates or additions, or would like to speak to us about your hackathon please get in touch
We are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Tech Race vs COVID-19 - Fireside Chat and Pitch Session by ENRICH in the USA and 500 STARTUPS Time: Apr 10, 2020 08:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/671797972
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Objective - Use the platform to share ideas and projects to see what challenges others have identified. There is a vast range of possible actions our community can take to stop the spread of COVID-19 – and help society better cope with the current situation. These inlcude both analog and digital initiatives. We’re gathering ideas from various areas, like: Information and communication; Social cohesion; Models, simulations and prognoses; Hardware (e.g., 3D printing, sensors, medical technology); Education, colture and leisure; Economy and mobility.
Who can participate?
Everyone! It doesn't matter what your academic or professional background is, and we're welcoming of individuals as well as teams. Perhaps you'll find some new collaborators on this platform. To boost possibilites for collaboration and cooperation, make use of our Slack chat for the exchange about projects, questions and challenges. Here you can get together as a team, work on solutions or discuss questions. We have set up one channel per category, but you are welcome to continue organizing independently.
Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI)
Objective - Virtual study-a-thon to inform healthcare decision-making in response to the current global pandemic.
Outcomes: A four-day global collaboration within the Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) community designed and began executing studies on an international set of observational health databases (including insurance claims and electronic health records) to aid decision-making during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Outcomes: 1) app for iOS / Android - patient self-registration + help doctors connect with medics and other backup staff, 2) We are ready - initiative to connect volunteers with health education to hospitals and other health institutions.
Objective - The COVID-19 Global Hackathon is an opportunity for developers to build software solutions that drive social impact, with the aim of tackling some of the challenges related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
We’re encouraging YOU - innovators around the world - to #BuildforCOVID19 using technologies of your choice across a range of suggested themes and challenge areas - some of which have been sourced through health partners including the World Health Organization and scientists at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub.
The hackathon welcomes locally and globally focused solutions, and is open to all developers - with support from technology companies and platforms including AWS, Facebook, Giphy, Microsoft, Pinterest, Salesforce, Slack, TikTok, Twitter and WeChat, who will be sharing resources to support participants throughout the submission period.
Outcomes: The winners can be viewed here - https://covid-global-hackathon.devpost.com/submissions. They included, amongst other: Computationally Accelerated Reverse Vaccinology; 3D Printed PAPR Mask; Frontlinehelper.org - Connect donors, volunteers, restaurants and child/elder care workers with those on the front line of COVID-19, who need help with food deliveries, child/elder care, etc; Sequoia -
An SMS-based platform made to help hospitals handle the burden of exponential patient influx by remotely connecting users to healthcare providers for triage; LiliusMed - Intuitive decision making platform where government agencies, hospitals, and suppliers can quickly and accurately gauge current supply, anticipate future case burden, and forecast upcoming needs.
CODEVID-19 (Grassroots, Dev Edmonton Society (software developers))
Objective - Design and deploy open scource ventilator. Other problems that will be discussed/worked on - Can you make algorithms to determine if a person needs a ventilator? Can we recycle n95 masks? Can we make n95 masks at home? Workers also require a negative pressure tent for housing patients. This will be especially useful if we need to build treatment facilities in gyms or office spaces. Lastly if you’re a medical professional, can you train people how to help?
Objective - Preventing loneliness in Corona times. A hackathon to support the millions of vulnerable people who are going to become lonely and isolated as COVID-19 spreads.
Outcomes: Explore joy (https://explorejoy.co.uk/): Support for people self-isolating ExploreJoy makes it easy to refer a person into friendly community group. They can find a service by browsing through categories and applying filters to find the right service. Use the standard referral form to make an instant referral to a service provider. Track whether the referral was accepted and whether the referral was attended.
Objective - Collection of solutions for covid-related problems (masks, distribution etc)
Outomes: 1) guidelines for DIY face masks, 2) praatbox.be - easy to use videochat, 3) Elke Leerling Online - platform to exchange laptops for kids that don't have a computer at home, allowing them to home school, 4) ver-bon-den.be - platform to buy giftcards from your favorite local merchants
Objective - The goal of this hackathon is to find solutions to problems caused by the corona pandemic and the measures that are taken for this. We do this digitally, so everyone can participate: from home (quarantine) or your workplace!
1. Collect bottlenecks & ideas on Sparkboard (until March 26).
2. Collaborating on solutions in Webex (until March 26).
3. Online design sprint for the (complex) problems that remain (27 to 31 March). 1. Collect bottlenecks & ideas on Sparkboard We collect bottlenecks and problems in one place: the Hack Corona Sparkboard. Anyone can submit a problem here. This is possible until March 26. Solutions may already be available for some problems. Anyone can link the problems raised to existing solutions (for example from a different region) on Sparkboard in the comments. This prevents reinventing the wheel.
Objective - Actionable ideas on how science and technology can help: (1) An App for real-time geoinformation about outbreaks, (2) Rapid scale up of domestic production of protective gear, (3) Identification of further challenges.
Objective - The European Commission, in close collaboration with EU member states, will host a pan-European hackathon to connect civil society, innovators, partners and buyers across Europe to develop innovative solutions to overcome coronavirus-related challenges.
The jury identified 117 winning solutions. All the winners will be invited to a Matchathon that will take place from 22 to 25 May on the new EIC COVID Platform. This online event will facilitate match-making with end-users, such as hospitals, and provide access to investors, corporates, foundations and other funding opportunities from across the EU.
Objective - An online hackathon designed to share and rapidly develop ideas for urgently needed solutions in the face of the current crisis, as well as to build resilience post-pandemic. Idea submission is now open.
Objective: develop applications for public welfare Wuhan
Outomes: see: https://community.wuhan2020.org.cn/en-us/project/index.html, 1) information service website, 2) 2020 Wuhan rescue - real-time data service platform with information on hospitals, factories and procurement, allowing anyone with relevant skills to participate in the initiative, 3) Wuhan2020 open source community - a community independently built by developers during the outbreak of COVID-19. The community provides a platform for technical exchange and practice for developers, 4) COVID-19 navigation site - provides the public with a convenient and comprehensive information portal with online resources and archival information related to COVID-19.
Objective - MIT is hosting a series of challenges to empower YOU to take action on the COVID-19 crisis. CHALLENGES : 1. Africa takes on Covid-19, May 1-3: Strengthening the Health System - How can you strengthen the health systems and health facilities that may face staff, supply, and resource shortages?; Flattening the Curve -42% of people in sub-Saharan Africa live on less than $1.90 per day. How can vulnerable populations protect themselves from the effects of COVID-19?
Track A. Getting Patient Samples to Labs for Analysis
Objective - A fully-online, people-focused hackathon bringing people together to use their skills to help combat the issues the world is facing with the COVID-19 pandemic. By working with medical professionals and industry, we’ll provide the knowledge and tools to empower hackers to work towards around improving health, remote working and helping vulnerable populations.
Objective - To contribute with solutions and operations to support and streamline the fight against the pandemic.
Outcomes: 1) accomodation for relocated health professionals, 2) fundraising, 3) Technical information for MD (app), 4) personal protective equipment collection, 5) free video medical consultation, 6) trach infected people, 7) virtual triage assistant, 8) symptom tracking 9) digital learning platform, 10) Online shopping and delivery service (local commerce), 11) app to circumvent crowded stores.
Outcomes: Top 10 best pitches: 1) Corona Home Test - website to buy covid-19 home tests, scan results to feed into anonymous statistics, 2) WeCare - app: self tests and recommendations, 3) Analysis mode - puzzle game to contribute to vaccine discovery, 4) ikzoekeenleraar.be - platform te connect pupils with tutors, videoconferences, 5) The companion box - simple box to provide video conference by pushing single button for elderly people, open source, 6) HEPA filter masks for everyone at home, 7) ER Phone home - emergency care at home, app + GP dashboard, 8) Panda training - affordable, scalable coaching for managers that have to manage their team remotely, 9) artist unlimited - live-streaming platform, 10) Facti.fi - fake news checker using AI
Objective - Please join us for this high profile hackathon designed to accelerate approaches to monitoring, diagnosing and controlling the CoronaVirus. This event will shortly go virtual through a platform with full access to covid-19 datasets and other technology.
You will work collaboratively with top data scientists, biomedical researchers, vaccine specialists, startup founders and investors to developing innovative approaches to the current crisis.
20-22 March - prototype closed, ongoing: digital support program
Objective - working prototypes and solutions - digital and non-digital - are developed for socially relevant issues related to the corona crisis
After the hackathon, 20 initiatives were selected, which will be developed further and will become available open-source: 1) 'Sicher Test': app to register COVID-19 related symptoms and to see in which triage centre they can have a test.
2) ‘Das Digitale Wartezimmer’: questionnaire on COVID-19 symptoms. If necessary, you can make an appointment to perform a test.
3) Small Business Hero’: app to connect local merchants with local consumers
4) ‘Wir sind Remedy’: app that helps with the distribution of stuff that people or companies want to make available to help against the crisis.
5) ‘Machbarschaft’: through this app, local residents can offer themselves to do something for other people in the neighbourhood: Shopping, small jobs, collecting medicines. Special attention to the elderly and people with no internet connection: the app calls them by phone and a AI-driven bot processes their wishes.
6) ‘Meinegemeinde.digital’: the app offers several options to maintain an (online) religious meeting
7) ‘Jobs Around You’ – JAY: app to connect unemployed people with companies that urgently need aid
8) ‘Colivery’: the app allows people unable to go shopping to make an online wishlist. People that can go shopping can use the app to check if they can bring anything for one of their neighbours.
9) I.R.I.S. – Infection Response Information System: connection of healthcare professionals, to allow information exchange on therapy, care and diagnosics.
10) U:Do: App that gives information on the reduction of working hours (rights, which documents are needed, …)
11) Print4Life: The app aims to map "bottlenecks" in crucial production chains and thus support the production of necessary products, such as PPEs (mouth masks, etc.)
12) Coronav – Infektionsübermittlung: This app aims to simplify the triage of sick people
13) DEalog: app to inform citizens on the COVID-19 pandemic.
14) #liquidebleiben: Via the app, companies can use their profile to test if they are eligible for certain financial aid programs
15) Call vs. Corona: This hotline was developed for illiterate people and people who do not have access to the internet. Via low-tech voice technology, callers can consult an FAQ to obtain information about the new corona virus.
16) IDA – Informationsplattform für Deutsche im Ausland: The app was developed to connect Germans abroad with information from the German embassy
17) OpenLogistics: The app aims to make logistics chains more transparent, so that all companies within a chain are better aware of the current transport processes.
18) Fastbordercrossing.org: People that have to travel across internal borders can register the reasons for travelling. This facilitates the border controls.
19) Videobesuch: app to make video call easier. Family member can plan a video call, which will start automatically at the given hour.
20) WirFürUns: the apps makes it easier to shop for someone else.
Objective - Identifying the main pain points in the current health crisis situation. Coming up with solutions for: Protecting the elderly and medical workers; Offloading the healthcare system with faster diagnosis options and medical equipment delivery and/or assembly; Assisting with daily responsibilities for the ones who need it the most (e.g childcare, grocery shopping and medication etc.)
Winners: 1) Distrik5- a community currency to incentivize people to volunteer and help the elderly with their needs by rewarding their time via digital currency, 2) Homenauts - platform with ideas on how to better cope with isolation where users can submit useful resources, 3) DIY ventilator scout - chatbot to help engineers build a DIY ventilator by giving instructions and data regarding the availability of components needed to build a ventilator, 4) Covid encounters - mobile app for tracking exposure and alerting citizens without compromising their privacy, 5) HacKIT-19 - easy-to-use app to help individuals, families, and decision-makers to make better decisions based on self-reported symptoms and real-time data, 6) Quantum Drug Screening - algorithm for drug screening using quantum calculations to describe the drug molecules that have been already approved and can be adopted in therapy faster, 7) BioReactors - small data AI-powered tool for the optimization of bioreactor settings and nutrition mixtures to scale the vaccine production much faster than usual, 8) "Our Team" - creating prediction models for Covid-19 outbreak based on a machine learning algorithm with an option to change the parameters and view results.
Hack the crisis Finland (Ghost Company, Junction, Republic of Communications and Lataamo Group )
Objective - (1) save lives, (2) save communities, (3) save businesses.
Outcomes: All results: https://app.hackjunction.com/projects/hack-the-crisis-finland, top 5:1) EpidemiAI - Addressing the information gap of researchers, policy makers and citizens with one single service, 2) COVID-19 Scenario Planner - The Advanced Scenario Planner is free, browser-based service with variety of future scenarios created by the industry experts and crowd, 3) Safe Zone - The service helps (risk group) people to move outside by giving information on areas where are less people, 4) Save restaurants - Gift card website for quarantined restaurants, 5) Kauko App - An easy-to-use, all-in-one remote educating app for elementary school students aged 6-8 years old
Objective - Ideas that are prototypable in 48h and help the crisis + give Estonia the edge in the post-crisis world
Outcomes: 1) Zelos - Connecting people at risk with volunteers via call center, 2) Ventit Breathing apparatus, 3) Vanemuine - medical volunteer management database, 4) Share Force One - workforce sharing platform that connects B2B sides for temporary workforce exchange, 5) Corona-tracker by Velmio
1) Biotel - Using a device from our Molecular Biology and Genetics dept, we’re increasing the number of conducted tests; 2) BirCan - Bringing together all involved parties on a platform to increase collaborative effort to care for stray animals; 3) CoGuard - A Chabot to answer people's Covid-19-based health questions and requests; 4) CoronApp - Mobile app that will alert people who have been contacted/interacted with citizens who’ve been diagnosed with Covid-19. 5) CoroWarner - CoroWarner alerts you instantly and anonymously if you are close to an individual who tested positive for Covid-19; 6) Expona - A Home to home online workshop platform; 7) Fact Checker - We’re developing a system to help news validators fight against false news and information pollution; 8) Güvende Kal! Covid-19 - a mobile app that detects human density with geolocation support and presents this data to its users, at the same time, keeps statistics of symptom and intensity data, allowing users to check their personal health status through known and unknown symptoms of the disease; 9) Kolkola - a "volunteer" marketplace that brings volunteers, NGOs, and sponsors together; 10) Medibook - providing healthcare services with video and remote monitoring modules. 1. Procurement of medicines/products via telemedicine, home delivery of all services including the laboratory and digital process management. 2. Remote monitoring of patients under quarantine at risk of COVID-19 without compromising the health of physicians; 11) Neoanka - With the help of symptom analysis algorithms that will be developed based on artificial intelligence, we will analyze potential Covid-19 patients' symptoms and classifying health complaints into the right specialty branch. This will allow patients a shortcut to the right physicians and related specialty branch to get the right medical care fast; 12) Studio live classes App.