We possibly live in one of the most critical periods of our lifetime.
The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time and the greatest challenge we have faced since World War Two. We have now reached the tragic milestone of more than two and half million deaths, and the human family is suffering under an almost intolerable burden of loss.
But the pandemic is much more than a health crisis, it's also an unprecedented socio-economic crisis. Stressing every one of the countries it touches, it has the potential to create devastating social, economic and political effects that will leave deep and longstanding scars. Every day, people are losing jobs and income, with no way of knowing when normality will return - and we are yet to see the effects of it on our future lives. At the same time countries fighting against the pandemic, make heavy decisions to control the virus spread - by controlling and discouraging population movement - and even though the first vaccinations are on place there is still a long way to go.
Such actions bring economic stagnation, degradation of mental health, and impact essential social services. This global crisis has devastating regional effects, countries are facing recessions as local businesses fail due to social isolation strategies and Individuals are fronting unprecedented strains on their personal lives. These crucial moments people driven innovation needs to play a principal role, not only in a international level but also in a regional level aiming to identify solutions to challenges our society faces.
- Therefore presenting Hack the Pandemic - an online hackathon with the mission to design, test and execute ideas on everyday challenges generated during this pandemic.
Hack the Pandemic is a 3 day cyber event coordinated by Sustainability InnoCenter following a Hackers approach, that has a main goal to identify relevant regional challenges withdrawn by the COVID-19 global crisis – and together with all interested parties and partners, build up teams of multidisciplinary skills and create solutions to these challenges.
In this critical moment, our duty is to work altogether and initiate solutions to one of the biggest crises of our lifetime - and a broad participation of actors, as public organisations, academia, industry and smaller SME’s is vital.
Be part of the solution ...our society needs us….!
The first three winning entries, will have a unique opportunity to work on their ideas together with our fantastic partners, and bring their solutions to next stage.
Starting date: Registrations can start already now!
Final date for presentations: 23rd of April 2021
Where: Digital so no limits or place restrictions
The Sustainabilty Hackathon event is organised by Sustainability InnoCenter