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European hackathon and succesful Czech projects

On 24, 25 and 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 20,900 people from across the EU and beyond took part, with 2,150 solutions submitted in areas including health and life (898), business continuity (381), remote working and education (270), social and political cohesion (452), digital finance (75) and other challenges (83).

The EUvsVirus Hackathon Jury identified the best solutions to support European and global in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. In collaboration with private and public partners from Europe and beyond, the best teams and solutions per domain as well as a winner and two runner-ups for each of the 37 challenges were awarded. Altogether 117 out of 2160 solutions!

Several Czech projects succeeded in the competition:

Czech project CoroVent took second place in the „Respirator & Ventilators category“, the Czech-Slovak educational project matika.in placed second in the category „Primary and secondary school specific Challenges“ and another Czech-Slovak project „qesadila e-voting“ placed third in the „Protection of citizens and democracy" category.

Following the EUvsVirus Hackathon, all the winners will be invited to a Matchathon that will take place from 22 to 25 May on the new EIC COVID Platform. This online event will facilitate match-making with end-users, such as hospitals, and provide access to investors, corporates, foundations and other funding opportunities from across the EU.

A total of over €100,000 pledged by partnering organisations will be distributed by the partners to winners of their choosing to reward hackers for their hard work and novel solutions with the greatest potential to save lives and bring life in a global pandemic closer to normal.

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