Hackathon against Covid-19: German Federal Ministry chooses IOTA as finalist

IOTA was chosen by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, in coordination with Europeaid, in the final of the #SmartDevelopmentHack. The aim is to combat the effects of the Corina crisis with innovative, digital solutions. From over 1.000 submissions, 20 projects were selected to take part in the hackathon.

IOTA and 19 other teams work together on solutions

The corona crisis, and especially the long-term economic consequences, is far from over. As new as the situation, attempts are being made to minimize these effects. In the press release The BMZ says:

The corona shock presents developing countries with a major challenge that has enormous social and economic consequences. With the #SmartDevelopmentHack, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is promoting innovative digital solutions to tackle the challenges of the corona virus in partner countries.

This should succeed with digital solutions like those from IOTA. In addition to 19 other projects, the team was allowed to participate in the hackathon on May 14 and 15, 2020. In the two-day workshop, the teams no longer competed against each other, but worked together on optimal solutions to deal with the following problems, among others:

  • Work and economy: Sustainable economic development and decent employment.
  • Local innovation: Promotion of digital solutions with local impact, promotion of local ecosystems
  • Equal opportunity: Concepts that bridge the digital divide and ensure equal access to education and healthcare
  • Good governance and human rights: Citizens and decision makers need quick and reliable information. Promotion of digital solutions in partner countries to support the development of information systems and the protection of human rights
  • Data and development: Predict pandemic development and better plan and organize healthcare

A jury will select the winners. These receive further financial support from the ministry to continue working on and realizing their projects.

Corona pandemic hits people in developing countries particularly hard

While in Austria and Germany you can usually rely on state support for financial problems, this is usually not the case in developing countries. That is why they are particularly hard hit by the pandemic. It presents many people with existential challenges.

For this reason, the above-mentioned topics were discussed by the 20 finalists on May 14th and 15th and worked together on solutions to reduce people's suffering. The BMZ press release mentions, for example, the use of big data to predict chains of infection or 3D-printed respiratory protection masks (design open source available).



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