The European Commission and EU member states have launched the #EUvsVirus pan-European Hackathon, aiming to connect innovators, partners and buyers across Europe that seek for innovative solutions to help tackle the coronavirus (Covid-19).
The Hackathon, led by the European Innovation Council, will take place between April 24-26 and is structured around categories of problems that need short-term solutions in relation to Covid-19 health and life, business continuity, remote working and education, social and political cohesion, digital finance and an open category for other challenges.
“This pan-European hackathon is an example of how Europe can come together in times of crisis. It’s inspiring to witness this show of solidarity by our community of innovators. Our most talented minds will do their best to find solutions to coronavirus and support our citizens. This is European innovation in action,” said European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel.
All 27 EU Member States are taking part as well as Norway, Israel, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The winning solutions will be invited to join a European Innovation Council Platform that will facilitate connections with end users (e.g. hospitals) and provide access to investors, foundations and other funding opportunities from across the European Commission.
For more information visit the EUvsVirus Hackathon website here.