HackZurich, Europe’s largest hackathon, mobilizes its ecosystem of several thousand developers, engineers and data scientists to develop open-source prototypes to address the current COVID-19 challenges. Physicians, health experts, startups and creative individuals will join the Online Hackathon.

In collaboration with partners such as ETH Zurich, Careum Foundation and CSS Insurance, the initiative #CodeVsCovid19 calls out to bright individuals and communities with expertise in data science or healthcare to contribute solutions or to propose challenges for the hackathon. Further, the initiative is reaching out to organizations who can contribute data, technology or support communications globally. Tech- and medical talents, scientists and health experts, tech and data driven companies and humanitarian organizations, as well as creative individuals can sign up now on CodeVsCovid19.org to contribute with solutions, challenges or mentoring.

Work in Progress

The topics to work on are constantly added on www.codevscovid19.org to avoid duplicates and to enhance efficiency during the hackathon. Topics are about novel public information and rescue systems, methods of infection detection and tools for medical support, logistics and operations, distancing and e-learning tools to facilitate social interactions.

The results of #CodeVsCovid19 are dozens of open-source prototypes, developed online within 72-hours, starting on 27 March, 5 pm CET. The prototypes and solutions provide innovative approaches for the most pressing health, social and economic challenges of the current coronavirus crisis and beyond. They aim to make the lives of any affected parties easier, prevent further damage and manage the current challenging situation. Solutions will be awarded and published online to be further developed and implemented thereafter. Further editions of #CodeVsCovid19 will constantly follow if needed.