On 24-26 April, the European Commission, led by the European Innovation Council and in close collaboration with the EU member states, hosted a Pan-European Hackathon to connect civil society, innovators, partners, and investors across Europe in order to develop innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges.
Over 30,000 people from across the EU and beyond submitted 2,164 projects related to various domains including health and life (899), business continuity (381), remote working and education (272), social and political cohesion (453), digital finance (76), and other challenges (83).
CEU iLab management team participated very actively in the Hackathon as organizers, screening and mentoring projects.
Jurors then selected 117 winner projects, who were invited to the EUvsVirus Matchathon (22-25 May). During this event, the winning teams were matched with corporates, investors, accelerators, venture capitalists, etc. from around the world to put their innovative solutions into production and save lives.
During the Matchathon CEU iLab interacted with dozens of teams to identify those projects where it could contribute most to the teams’ success. Finally CEU iLab made pledges to 13 teams to include them in its first-ever online incubation program starting in September 2020.
As these 13 projects were selected from a pool of 2164 projects by an international jury, they represent a huge potential to achieve substantial progress in the fight against COVID in several areas.
The 13 teams:
Balancever: a lifestyle management platform that helps users to structure their day helping in reducing stress and promoting a healthy lifestyle while working remotely.
Community Heroes: Community Heroes is an accessible matchmaking platform that facilitates hour-based exchange between community members, with the opportunity for public and private entities to build campaigns and reward community engagement.
Crithink: Crithink aims at limiting the sharing of fake news, in order to keep our digital environments clean and safe for everyone. Crithink will introduce a new, safer way to share content on social media.
Dono.eu: Dono aims to bring donors and non-profit charity organizations together. In order to do so, Dono offers a way to make donations accessible, cost-effective, visible, and encouraged.
Dubio (FakeMash): Dubio is a community-driven platform for identifying fake news, where anyone can contribute to tackling misinformation.
How to Change The World: the platform provides fully-virtual collaborative Learning Journeys for thousands of young participants around Europe. Every participant gains multinational networking and entre/intrapreneurial ideation experience, and engages with partner organisations that can help them take their ideas forward to implementation.
MassVentil: the MassVentil concept brings a revolutionary solution to increase the effectiveness of patient ventilation for mass-casualty care in disaster setting by means of a mass ventilator system (NOT co-ventilation), that can ventilate up to 50 or even more people at once.
MyBubble: MyBubble is the app that keeps employees informed, alert, and recognized for good social distancing and hygiene behaviours.
NoCrowd: NoCrowd is an award winning solution, that helps us avoid queuing and crowds while we’re outside. Completely anonymous, no registration or sharing personal data are required.
PolyVent: PolyVent is an open-source ventilator design concept for emergency production which is affordable, easy to operate and scalable concept which reduces the strain on the healthcare supply chain, mitigates IP/distributor/repair rights issues and allows for easier integration into the local production landscapes
SoloCoin: SoloCoin is an app that rewards users in virtual coins to engage in social-distancing, based on their location to their home. It’s making staying at home fun and engaging. Coins can be redeemed for coupons. Users can compete nearby users or globally via leaderboards. They can also participate in daily challenges, share their milestones across social-media.
Trust in Science: “TRUST IN SCIENCE” seeks to combat mistrust in science. It also intends to delegitimize unsubstantiated societal decisions or folk beliefs based on intuition and tradition (like drinking alcohol to fight corona). This is achieved through citizen engagement via access to clear guidance on how to detect fake news as well as through raising awareness about the importance of scientific peer-reviewed research on battling the Corona Crisis.
WeStudyTogether: WeStudyTogether is an online peer-to-peer learning community that helps educational institutions to engage remotely with students and to prevent student knowledge gaps and attrition.