Spain has been the third country that has presented the most solutions to the challenges posed by the European Commission for health, economic and social cohesion issues arising from the Covid-19
The hackathon, a term that integrates the concepts of hacker and marathon, and whose origin comes from the meetings of computer programmers who try to come up with a joint solution to different challenges in a limited period of time. Challenges that have gained particular relevance in light of the current Covid-19 crisis. At a global, European, national and regional level, and through public and private initiatives, there have been many calls for civil society, companies and institutions to propose solutions to assist with the consequences of the pandemic such as the lack of health equipment, business recovery and in the prevention of future epidemics, among others.
Among them is the hackathon #EUvsVirus, which was launched by the European Commission through the European Innovation Council (EIC) and was held on April 24, 25 and 26. More than 20,900 people from 141 nations participated, and 2,150 proposed solutions were received in areas including health and life, business continuity, remote work and education, political and social cohesion, digital finance and other challenges. These are all critical areas in Europe’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
Spain, with 315 proposals, has been the third European country to send the most solutions to the European initiative, only behind Germany, with 389, and Italy, with 320. And the second country in terms of the number of people registered (2,261), surpassed only by Italy (with 2,361). The winners in each area, were announced on 30 April, and were invited to join the European Innovation Council’s Covid platform, to facilitate connections with hospitals, investors, foundations and other funding opportunities across the EU. A ‘Matchathon’ will also be held from 22-25 May to match the needs of their projects with available resources.
The jury, made up of experts in each of the sectors covered, chose the winning solutions according to five criteria: impact potential, scalability, innovation, completion of the prototype and business plan.
The outstanding solutions in which Spain participated
Among 6 teams, the overall domain winners included, the Sewers4COVID project which had Spanish members, in addition to Greek, Dutch and British. A solution that aims to integrate sewer surveillance and technology for early warning of pandemic outbreaks, emergency response and recovery decisions in a timely and cost-effective manner.
In addition, the Spanish were part of many teams who classified in the top 3 of the different categories and subcategories.
Health and Life:
- PolyVent – the global ventilator design formula (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States): proposes a standardised design for the manufacturing to scale of emergency ventilators, adapted to the conditions of time and resources of each country.
- Covid19-Alert (Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine): an app that collects data on the contacts the subject has been in contact with (if they also have the app), stores them and, in case of a positive result in Covid-19, can send a message to these contacts. All anonymously.
- POCOVIDSCREEN– AI to detect COVID-19 with POCUS ultrasounds (Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands and Switzerland): a system for automatic detection of COVID-19 by ultrasound.
- REhaBUILD (Spain): in the absence of expert personnel, it offers rehabilitation via video, virtual reality, opening hospital gyms and subsequent monitoring.
- Dattum (Greece, Spain, USA, Romania, Switzerland and Turkey): an ecosystem of global collaboration based on reliable data from experts around the world on specific domains regarding Covid-19, it focuses on treatment, medical experiments and vaccine evolution.
- Skyrocket Your Team (Spain, Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, Netherlands): seeks to bring remote teams together in an attractive and cooperative way, through challenges and some fun.
- Sostenibl.es (Spain, France and Germany): digital network of SMEs in the organic food sector, facilitating direct commercial contact and encouraging the creation of business opportunities among its members.
- Autonomous Drone Disinfection for Covid-19 in Smart Cities (Belgium, Spain, Estonia, France, United Kingdom): software platform for deploying drone “swarms” in cities and industries.
- Ciclogreen (Spain): a project that uses gamification to help cities and companies promote active and safe mobility to reduce COVID infections.
Political and social cohesion:
- TRUST IN SCIENCE (Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom): fights misinformation, mistrust of science and incorrect popular beliefs through science-based learning tools and research projects.
- Guide-Your-Guide: Experience culture from home (Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, North Macedonia, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, Norway): virtual visits to museums and cultural heritage sites using mobile phones.
- Project Lockdown (Canada, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain): interactive map measuring non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) undertaken by governments around the world to assess the success of different response measures to the pandemic and monitor their impact on human and digital rights.
Remote working and teaching:
- SciFunmily (Spain and Portugal): a virtual museum and science centre with tools for the whole family to support parents in taking the lead role in education.
- Jop (Canada, Germany, Malta, Netherlands and Spain): an Artificial Intelligence assistant to help teachers, parents and children with online teaching, taking advantage of the crisis to innovate.
- Green Lockdown- GOME (Spain): movement for families to build a new paradigm and follow a more sustainable lifestyle, especially those who live in cities, without green spaces nearby.
- #WeStudyTogether (Afghanistan, Belgium, Canada, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey): online learning community that helps educational institutions to interact with students in other countries and prevent knowledge gaps and attrition.
- We stay liquid (Germany, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland): digital support for the application process to request financial support for the self-employed and SMEs.
- Dono.eu (Spain): donation card and a platform to facilitate access to donors and to centralise cost efficiency.
- Corazones against Covid19 (Belgium, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom): FinTech solutions to increase the circulation of money among local SMEs, and therefore increasing public and private recovery and investment funds.
- Serratus (Canada, Spain, United States): ultra-high performance processing of virus data.