Online hackathon aims to find ideas against the coronavirus crisis

by Aron Harding
Online hackathon will try to find ideas against the coronavirus crisis

A new hackathon will take place this weekend and startups will look for solutions for the areas of life that are particularly affected by the coronavirus. Everyone can participate, registrations will be accepted until Thursday evening (6 pm) and the winners will be announced on Monday.

“We are looking for creative ideas, programs and digital projects (…) that could help in dealing with the corona pandemic,” says a spokesperson from the Federal Ministry for Digitalization, which jointly organized the event with the platform “Austrian Startups”. The ideas will be categorized as health, emergency agendas (e.g. cybersecurity, social distancing), education, business and general.

The coronavirus hackathon called Hack-the-Crisis, which takes place entirely digitally, is open to everyone. “Anyone can register as a problem solver, mentor or sponsor for Austria’s largest and first digital challenge,” the ministry called for participation. The hackathon participants will be given the task on Friday and will have to find an answer by Sunday. These will then be presented to a jury, which will announce the winners on Monday.

“Difficult times need new solutions,” said Minister of Digitalization, Margarete Schramböck, “Together we can fight the virus and survive the crisis. Let’s hack the crisis!”

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