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COVID Stories – Hacking for health

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Here on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal we have been bringing you stories from the pandemic, with a particular focus on news and information from which you, our Promoting Enterprise community, can benefit most.

Previous examples have included features on the E-health at home COVID-19 initiative in the Netherlands, which supports healthcare providers in implementing e-health applications to ensure continuity of care, or on Catherine Lorent, a Belgian seamstress who started with acts of solidarity and then innovated and received national aid to keep her business going. In this latest instalment we take a look at two initiatives – one in Greece and one in Turkey – that target the development of applications and solutions to help businesses and people weather the coronavirus storm.

The Antivirus Crowdhackathon in Greece and the Coronathon Türkiye Initiative both have in common the fact that they aim to generate ideas and solutions that will help entrepreneurs to tackle problems related to COVID-19 and to continue to thrive in spite of the restrictions put in place to halt the spread of the pandemic.

Antivirus Crowdhackathon

Antivirus Crowdhackathon is a remote innovation marathon targeting the development of applications to tackle the pandemic. The first of its kind in Greece, the hackathon promotes a new remote approach to innovation through the use of new technologies in order to contribute to solutions that address the impact of the pandemic. In this way, the initiative hopes to generate new innovative applications within health, business, education and the cultural sector, to help the Greek business and social ecosystems to adapt in an increasingly digital era.

The first cycle of the innovation marathon was held on April 2-5, 2020 and generated ideas for a home health recording platform that identifies the most serious cases and automatically informs medical staff, along with a community awareness platform dedicated to collecting, exchanging and statistically analysing information from citizens about the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Meanwhile, solutions from the second cycle, on 21-24 May, included a community-driven ordering and delivery platform from grocery stores aimed at the elderly, among other solutions.

Read more about the innovation marathon here.

Coronathon Türkiye Initiative

At a time of great uncertainty, the main goal of the Coronathon Türkiye Initiative is to help entrepreneurs tackle problems related to COVID-19 and its spread. Through its online platform, the initiative attracts entrepreneurs with innovative business models and social projects and helps them access resources and develop their ideas. The initiative provides an online forum where business models and social projects can access assets such as raw materials, human resources, mentoring and investment support.

All of this is done online, so the safety of all parties involved is ensured. The initiative also raises awareness of the problems caused by COVID-19 and holds online hackathons to address these problems. Coronathon Türkiye also supports other organisations and intuitions working on COVID-19 solutions through announcements, experience and resource sharing, and providing direct support through webinars and mentoring.

Read more about the initiative here.

Be sure to come back to the News Portal, and follow us on Twitter & Facebook to stay up to date with the latest measures and new support granted under the Commission Temporary Framework or to learn about other initiatives in response to COVID-19.

EUvsVIRUS Challenge – Can you hack it?

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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:

  1. Health & Life:Protective equipment, Ventilators/respirators, Protection of medical personnel, Real time communication & prevention, Cheap rapid tests, Lack of skilled caregivers, Research
  2. Business Continuity:Efficient team work, New and resilient business models, Value chains & logistics, Protecting employees, Demonstrate purpose, Stay close to your customers
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

Find out more about the hackathon on the dedicated website and follow all the activity on social media using #EUvsVirus

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