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Covid-19: European Commission to support The Global Hack hackathon initiated by Estonians

BC, Tallinn, 06.04.2020.Print version
The European Commission is supporting The Global Hack, an online hackathon, organized by Accelerate Estonia, Garage48, Guaana with the support of Devpost, writes LETA/BNS.

The hackathon is designed to share and rapidly develop ideas for the urgently needed solutions in the current COVID-19 pandemic. Innovative thinking is needed at this time to find solutions to the many novel issues facing the world today. Kai Isand, chief organizer of the hackathon, said she believes in the power of entrepreneurship and people's ability to quickly respond in solving crises and added that the hackathon's growth into a global movement is a perfect example of this.

"We call on everyone to contribute to finding solutions," Isand said in a press release. "In addition to solutions that help stop or slow down the spread of the virus, our focus is on encouraging people to think about how this crisis will change our lives in the future. How our movement will change, how we will build house, how we will keep in touch, how we will learn. We want to encourage people to see new solutions and opportunities for things that already exist. We want people to take this opportunity to see the world in a new light. To date, more than 47 countries, such as Portugal, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Germany, France, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Italy, Switzerland, Georgia, Australia, Nigeria, Cyprus, Albania, and others, have announced their local hackathons as part of The Global Hack," she added.

The Global Hack aims to partner people from around the world with one another to exchange ideas, know-how and best practices to come up with creative and nimble solutions. Through bringing together world-class mentors and talented teams, solutions can be built for a better tomorrow. The Global Hack will showcase emerging solutions that can demonstrate how digital innovations can be leveraged to connect local neighborhoods and help people facing the greatest vulnerabilities. 

The European Commission will provide up to 75,000 euros to the Global Hack for prize money to the winning teams. The Commission will also provide input to the government related challenges to be hacked in the area of start-ups, small businesses and e-Health as well as coaching in bringing viable solutions where they are needed.

Experts in their fields, scientists, tech enthusiasts, business leaders, project managers, marketing experts, designers, and innovators are all invited to take part in The Global Hack, which will take place completely online between April 9 and 12.

Anyone can assemble a team of 6-12 people who are dedicated to an idea. The team leader must register the idea and name through Guaana. During the hackathon, participants will develop their best and brightest ideas to address the ongoing socio-economic crisis and to support recovery in the aftermath. Through the reddit page, anyone can post ideas for the feedback of other users, find partners and find the rules for the submission of challenges.

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