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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Tuesday, 26.05.2020, 09:27

Estonia: Pipedrive CTO chosen as global hackathon's education track lead

BC, Tallinn , 08.04.2020.Print version
Pipedrive, developer of customer relationship management solutions that has its origins in Estonia, has joined forces with over a million people across the world to solve challenges related to COVID-19 at The Global Hack, the biggest virtual hackathon ever, while Pipedrive Chief Technology Officer Sergei Anikin has been elected to lead the education track, informed LETA/BNS.

In that capacity, Anikin will be guiding mentors of around 300 teams in developing future solutions for teaching and learning.

"COVID-19 is a global problem that affects all of us and we have to fight against it globally. We all want the crisis to end as fast and with the smallest possible damages. I am positive that these 3,300 international teams at the global hackathon will come up with top-notch solutions that alleviate the severe social and economic issues we are facing today and will have after the immediate crisis is over," Anikin said in a press release published by Pipedrive.

The Global Hack has 11 tracks inspired by the UN sustainability goals: arts and creativity, crisis response, economy, education, environment, governance, empowerment, health and wellness, media and entertainment, mental health, solidarity in action, and work. Each of the tracks have world-class leads, starting with Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, Toomas Henrik Ilves, former president of Estonia, Steve Jurvetson, Board Member of SpaceX and Tesla, and public health specialist Khaliya Aga Khan. Pipedrive CTO Sergei Anikin will lead the education track.

"As a father of three, I can tell from my own experience that shutting down schools has caused an enormous burden on teachers, students, schools as well as parents who have to find means to support home-schooling. I am excited to contribute to developing tools for teachers and students that are effective and easy to use during this new normal," Anikin said. 

Besides Anikin, a number of Pipedrive's top managers have signed up as mentors, including Martti Kuldma, VP of Engineering, who will serve as a team mentor for work track, and Janis Rozenblats, VP of Product, who has signed up as a response mentor.

Kai Isand, head organizer of The Global Hack, said: “This is our call to hack the crisis -- not only to brainstorm solutions to prevent and stop the spreading of a highly-infectious disease but to think about how our lives will be different after this. To discuss how it will change the way we move, build, learn and connect. To see new opportunities. To build the new normal."

The Global Hack is a global initiative which unites the Hack the Crisis movement and the 40+ hackathons put on in the framework of this movement. The core initiative comes from enthusiasts at Garage 48, Accelerate Estonia, and Guaana, who organized the very first hackathon in just six hours from March 13 to 15 in Estonia. 

The hackathon will take place from April 9 to 12. The participants have 48 hours to collaborate and build a solution within their tracks. The prize pool for the best ideas will be at least 120,000 euros. 

Pipedrive is a company founded in 2010, whose CRM solution is used by sales teams at more than 90,000 companies worldwide. Pipedrive has offices in Dublin; Lisbon; London; New York; Prague; Riga, Latvia; Tampa/St. Pete, Florida; and Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia; and employs a workforce of over 630 people.

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