The #EUvsVirus hackathon offers a common organizational and technical framework in which the participants can get involved online and develop prototypes and solutions for technically, politically and socially relevant issues in the context of the Coronavirus crisis. It aims at collectively developing innovative solutions, e.g. high tech, low tech, hardware and software, using biotech, digital tech, societal science and other innovation domains. There are five areas that have been identified as targets for these innovative solutions: Health & Life, Business Continuity, Social & Political Cohesion, Remote Working & Education, Digital Finance, and Other. Detailed information about the topics can be found under the tab "Challenges".
The Pan-European Matchathon #EUvsVirus is a joint event between the European Commission and the most plugged in and nationally connected digital ecosystem actors from all over Europe. It builds upon already conducted national hackathons and their solutions. The organisers of the national hackathons related to coronavirus are the partners of the EU Commission on the Pan-European Matchathon.
The hackathon will take place online from 24 - 26 April 2020. Participants will have 48 hours to collaborate via different online platforms and build a solution within the challenge areas.
The hackathon will take place online. The appropriate tools needed to facilitate the work of everybody involved will be provided. Slack will be the main communication platform for the teams. There will be live-streamings, webinars, Q&A sessions, and daily check-ins. For more information check out the Agenda.
There are six challenge categories: Health & Life, Business Continuity, Social & Political Cohesion, Remote Working & Education, Digital Finance, and Other. Detailed information about the topics can be found under the tab Challenges.
Developers, designers, creative people, problem solvers, digital entrepreneurs, makers, experts, and innovative start-ups from Europe - and for anyone else who wants to contribute and make an impact. Use your teams’ interdisciplinary skills and be creative together to develop solutions that help all EU citizens to overcome the crisis.
There is no limit to the number of participants. Anyone who is interested in digitization, building digital tech or design solutions can apply. Whether computer scientist, tech and data enthusiast, UX/UI Designer, business or complete career changer, we welcome all of you!
No, we welcome all innovators across Europe with their individual skills.
No registration deadline!
If you already have a team, you can apply together and work on the challenges. Individuals can also apply. On Slack there will be many opportunities to get in touch with the community and find a team, based on your interests and knowledge.
During the past few weeks we’ve seen an impressive number of initiatives to develop digital solutions and infrastructure to face the Coronavirus crisis. We have immense respect for your work. Feel free to register with your existing projects or ideas. #EUvsVirus is building on those experiences. You can submit an existing project and idea on DevPost after the onboarding on Slack. The information needed will be provided.
The EU welcomes proprietary solutions. Prototypes, products, services and code which will be developed in the course of the hackathon remains in the hands of the creators. Prototypes, products, service and code and solutions which have been developed prior to the hackathon as well.
The solutions have to be submitted in English by 27 April 2020, 09:00 AM CEST/ UTC +2 (end of the hackathon) as a presentation video, ppt, demo, prototype (depending on the solution). Further information of the topic will be provided in the beginning of the hackathon.
All IP rights belong to the team that created and submitted the project.
The official language of the hackathon is English. To facilitate the processes you should understand and be able to communicate in English. The submissions of the solutions have to be in English too.
No, you don’t need software beforehand. The technical infrastructure and instructions will be provided prior to the hackathon. However, it would be useful if you install Slack after your registration, since this will be the main collaboration platform.
There will be experts, mentors and coordinators with different knowledge backgrounds who will support you throughout the hackathon. They will provide valuable tips and feedback. More information about the organisational structure will be provided in the beginning of the event.
The main evaluation criteria are: impact potential, technical complexity, prototype completion, business case. Detailed information of the judging criteria will be provided in the beginning of the hackathon.
The Pan-European Matchathon will provide avenues for uptake by end-users or follow up development of the solutions. The teams with the best solutions will be invited to join the European Innovation Council (EIC) Community Platform that will facilitate connections with end users (e.g. hospital) and will also provide access to investors, foundations and other funding opportunities from the EIC and other EU financial supporters. It will also be a starting point of a much longer collaboration between the European Commission and the ecosystems of innovators, makers and start-ups across Europe related to the Coronavirus crisis.
Mentor coordinators assign one team mentor for each team and introduce the team mentors to teams through private group messages in Slack. Afterwards, the teams will invite their team mentors to their team channels. The team mentors will do the checkpoints with the team leaders. First checkpoint is 25 April at 2PM (CEST). To find the schedule of the other checkpoints look at the Agenda.
Skill mentors can be found through Airtable. Participants choose their skill mentors from Airtable (make sure to not only use the first ones listed), look for their Slack name and reach out to them to organize a call.
We are looking for mentors from all areas, including health, IT (software and hardware), legal, business, security, design, soft skills, data and social sciences.
A mentor is a person with expertise in one or more fields, who is able to support a team with a specific problem or need. The mentor is committed to investing time throughout the weekend to assist in the growth and development of others.
The team coordinators will navigate and give hands-on guidance for the teams. They are responsible for keeping people well-informed on the team forming process, hackathon process, and looking for problems to solve. They coordinate the teams to match their needs.
We are looking for mentors from all areas, including health, IT (software and hardware), legal, business,
security, design, soft skills, data and social sciences. The mentors will advise and support the teams with
The team coordinators will be involved in the organisation and coordination of the teams during the hackathon.
We are looking for mentors and experts from all areas, including health, IT (software and hardware), legal, business, security, design, soft skills, data and social sciences. There are five challenge categories within the hackathon: Health & Life, Business Continuity, Social & Political Cohesion, Remote Working & Education, Digital Finance, and Other.
The hackathon will take place online from the afternoon of 24 April to the evening of 26 April 2020. It is best if you are available during the whole event. There will also be a short briefing prior to the event. You can find detailed information in the agenda on the homepage. Detailed information will be provided to you after your registration.
You can support one or more teams depending on your expertise and availability. We will clarify your tasks prior to the event.