The competition Global Virtual Hackathon to combine technological solutions to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, held on April 10-12 by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, the United Nations Development Programme and the SUP.VC Acceleration Center, has come to an end.
The competition aroused great interest at the international level. Thus, more than 600 applications from 45 countries covering five continents were registered on the website www.hackcov19.com to participate in the competition. Given the large number of applications and the interest of ideas presented, it was decided to increase the number of selected ideas from 20 to 25.
The teams asked their questions through the Discord platform, held discussions and benefited from mentors’ support. After the presentations of the teams, the winners of the Global Virtual Hackathon were announced.
By decision of the jury, the team “Crisis Heroes” from Poland took the first place. The team has developed a virtual platform that brings people and organizations together to help each other during a pandemic.
The second place was taken by the Azerbaijani team “Javid-19”, which presented the idea of supporting small and medium-sized businesses through vouchers.
The third place went to the Brazilian team “Zebrafish”, which offered equipment for rapid testing for coronavirus antigens using zebrafish.
The first place winner will receive $ 5,000, the second place winner – $ 3,000 and the third place winner – $ 2,000. Prizes will be transferred to the winners’ bank accounts.