The COVID-19 pandemic is a global socio-economic crisis as much as it is as a global health crisis. We all have a duty of care to help the seven billion people on this planet, especially those most vulnerable, to cope with the immediate and long-term impacts.

What will the hackathon look like?

• It’s fully virtual — from the initial call for ideas to the selection and deployment of prototypes and solutions.

1. Supporting the most vulnerable and at-risk people

How can technology support the elderly and people with disabilities who are quarantined or self-isolating at home? Your ideas and projects can include solutions to make it easier for individuals and groups to obtain food and medicine without leaving their homes, such as platforms to help volunteers organize and provide support in a safe manner throughout the crisis.

2. Tech and health

How can technology help doctors and nurses on the front line of this pandemic? How can tech help in increasing early detection? We invite applicants to share whatever viable tech solutions they can imagine, from thermal cameras to help with detection to apps for contact tracing.

3. Support to SMEs

How can we support small business and informal sector employees stay afloat through the crisis? Could the answer be a pay-in-advance service during the quarantine, online platform ordering systems, shifts and adaptations in business models or something completely different?

4. Physical distancing and social connectedness

How can tech help people deal with prolonged periods of social isolation, lack of access to information and resources, emotional and physical support? We invite solutions to help build resilience and brace for the weeks and months ahead of potential travel restrictions, closure of gathering places, border shutdowns and flight bans.

5. Improving awareness and behaviour and getting public advice

With information changing every hour, it is increasingly difficult for people to keep up with advice and regulations they need to know and to ensure they get accurate information from official and reliable channels only. How can we use tech to ensure the public are engaged and informed about the ongoing situation without causing panic?

6. Tech and education

How can tech be used to deliver virtual lessons, upload teaching materials and enable effective distance learning for children, students and people with disabilities?

7. Tech and engineering

We invite applicants to offer any ideas they can come up with to help create physical objects to help detect, prevent or treat coronavirus. Solutions could include infection sensors, hygiene hacks, DIY facemasks and disinfection methods.

8. Tech for everyday lives

What kinds of tech tools could make people’s everyday lives easier at minimal risk and still allow them to carry out their essential grocery shopping, laundry, etc.?

9. Tech for Tourism

How can tech help in servicing guests? What will the new health and safety travel standards look in the future? Which mitigation measures could help respond to the adverse economic effects in tourism? What about employment opportunities for tourism workers who are currently out of jobs? Ideas for tools that could help hotels and restaurants adapt their business models, stay-healthy travel apps? Could tech help in creating a crisis management fund for the entire tourism industry? Will health tourism be the thing of the future?

10. Tech and Environment

How can tech support a greener and cleaner planet in times of COVID-19? Can we make sure that the economic rescue packages dealing with the impact of the coronavirus will integrate green and digital aspects in the post-pandemic period? What are the ways of making a case for measures to decarbonize economies? How can we reduce single-use plastics that may become a vehicle of virus transmission?


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