On April 24-26, 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.
Liftech.brussels partnered up for the event and was chosen as national Belgian curator. The Brussels Secretary of State, Barbara Trachte also pledged her support as Belgian ambassador.
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). Belgium was well represented with 630 participants.
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, we are awarding the best teams and solutions per domain as well as a winner and two runner-ups for each of the 37 challenges. Altogether 117 out of 2160 solutions!
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.
Again, Belgium did not stay sidelines with 9 solutions recognised as winners in diverse challenges. Have a look a them here:
Health & life
Social & Political Cohesion
Remote Working & Education
Congratulations again to all of them!
Stay tuned here and on our social media (LinkedIn and Twitter) for more information about the Matchathon and the future development of the Brussels-based solutions. If you are a Belgian innovator that participated in the EUvsVirus hackathon, feel free to join our LinkedIn group to stay in touch with other participants.
For more information the EUvsVirus Hackathon, the Matchathon organised from 22 to 25 May by European Innovation Council you can contact Frédéric Suche, Health National Contact Point / Enterprise Europe Network at hub.brussels.