The EUTA joins the fight against COVID-19 supporting the #EUvsVirus Pan-European Hackathon
The European Tech Alliance (EUTA) is proud to have partnered alongside its members eMAG (Romania), FacilityLive (Italy) and Spotify (Sweden), in the European Innovation Council-led pan-European Hackathon #EUvsVirus. The Hackathon was organised by the European Commission under the patronage of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
The #EUvsVirus Hackathon took place on 24, 25 and 26 April and was structured around categories of problems that need short-term solutions in relation to coronavirus health and life, business continuity, remote working and education, social and political cohesion, digital finance and an open category for other challenges. The aim of the Hackathon was to connect civil society, innovators, partners and investors across Europe in order to develop innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges.
Gianpiero Lotito, President of the EUTA, Founder & CEO of FacilityLive and Ambassador for the #EUvsVirus Hackathon, noted that this was an ‘important occasion to demonstrate how the union of knowledge, experiences and methods can be the starting point to overcome the COVID-19 emergency, but also for the new start that awaits us’.
A new world record for hackathons was set with 21,000 participants, 2,000+ projects, 800 partners, 380 volunteers, 2,400 mentors and 400+ jury members. Participants from all 27 EU Member States took part in this 3-day event, as well as: Norway, Israel, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine, countries associated to Horizon 2020, the EU programme for research and innovation. Overall 141 nationalities represented.
The diversity of solutions and participants from across the region has shown once more that Europe is good at Tech and that we have a thriving tech ecosystem.
The winning solutions (yet to be announced) 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.