The European Commission is hosting a Pan-European hackathon taking place on 24, 25 and 26 April 2020, which will bring together the brightest minds to find solutions and spark ideas across different challenge groups in relation to COVID-19.
The different challenge groups the hackathon aims to address include:
- Health & Life:Protective equipment, Ventilators/respirators, Protection of medical personnel, Real time communication & prevention, Cheap rapid tests, Lack of skilled caregivers, Research
- Business Continuity:Efficient team work, New and resilient business models, Value chains & logistics, Protecting employees, Demonstrate purpose, Stay close to your customers
- Social & Political Cohesion:Protection of isolated & risk groups, Mitigating fake news spreading, Support arts & entertainment, Fight against crime, Protection of citizens & democracy, Developing people-driven economies
- Remote Working & Education:E-Learning methods & tools, Efficient remote working, Family life during remote working & education, Primary and secondary school specific challenges, University specific challenges, Students’ challenges
- Digital Finance:Support identification of financial shortfalls, Speed-up access to financial support, Speed-up distribution of financial support, Availability of emergency health insurance, Enable crowd to help financially, Support for digitally excluded
The hackathon also actively encourages ideas and solutions that are not directly included in the challenges mentioned above.
You can get involved in three distinct roles depending on what you would like to bring to the hackathon:
- Problem solver: This category encompasses developers, designers, creative minds and all problem solvers with expertise in Health, Business, Social & Political Cohesion, Education, Digital Finance and other areas. Ideally you also have experience in hackathons.
- Mentor: This category is looking for experts in the areas of Health, Business, Social & Political Cohesion, Education, Digital Finance and other areas to support the problem solvers. These applicants may also play a team coordinator role during the hackathon.
- Partner: This category is for other actors who want to make their unique contribution to the hackathon – companies, universities, public and private organisations, and networks.
Applications are open and close on 19 April 2020, sign up here  and do not miss out on this opportunity!