Deadline: May 16, 2020 04:00 GMT+0100| Register here
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Eligibility: The global community of data scientists, entrepreneurs, social workers, designers, and engineers

hackCOVID 2020

hackCOVID is calling in the global community of data scientists, entrepreneurs, social workers, designers, and engineers to join hands and serve society during this crisis.

Developers across the globe are invited to build prototypes that will help industries mitigate and administer the Coronavirus outbreak and its implications.

Hack our way toward a better tomorrow

A case of pneumonia detected in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, due to an unknown cause has now led to the global Coronavirus outbreak. Within a month, on January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a public health emergency.

Globally, there are over 416,686 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 18,589 deceased patients in a span of two months [Source: WHO]. 197 countries have reported positive COVID-19 cases.

Several nations have implemented mass-quarantine facilities, while administrative bodies of many cities, regions, and territories have taken adequate measures to minimize the spread and encourage social-distancing.

The outbreak has indeed brought the world down to its knees. It has impacted day-to-day life as well as industrial operations. COVID-19 is spreading exponentially, and there is a severe slowdown in the global economy.

The entire community of doctors and the medical staff, first-responders, research scientists, pharmacists, grocers, and scores of volunteers are restlessly doing every bit to cure infected patients, contain the spread, and provide for the ones locked down in their homes.


Healthcare: COVID-19 Patient Symptom Screening and Reporting

Propose novel ideas that can be developed into viable solutions to enable frontline health workers to routinely report cases with COVID-19 symptoms, including general information such as the severity of the cases, age group, occupation, contact with someone with travel history to affected areas, history of chronic ailments (diabetes, hypertension, kidney diseases, weak immune systems, etc.), and more

Coupled with data on verified cases, such crowdsourced data at the healthcare worker level could be instrumental in predicting future outbreak clusters and help with resource allocation and planning.

Outbreak management

The most threatening concern around COVID-19 is its incubation period. An infected individual may remain asymptomatic for 2-14 days.

  • Analyze the data around COVID-19 events and predict potential COVID-19 cases across the globe on a day-to-day basis
  • Develop a tracker system that analyzes metrics such as confirmed cases, recovered cases, and death events for the next day using historical data and current data published by various agencies
  • Build a solution that forecasts the propensity for slowing down the outbreak, flattening the curve, or worsening it further across different countries to ascertain the true nature of economic or human-life cost as a result of COVID-19

Open theme

  • Build a voice-based application that enables contactless access to patients’ data to frontline caregivers
  • li<>Use Artificial Intelligence to build an application that detects various lung infections and distinguish it from COVID-19 for detection, extraction of symptoms and early diagnosis


  • Build a travel dashboard using API adoption or an application aimed at helping people travelling in the critical situation, to give them ways to take the safest route, visit nearest clinics/hospitals facilitating check-ups, and more
  • Build a system to convey important measures that people must take to avoid getting infected by COVID-19, backed by their location and behavioural data


The economic damage is mounting because of the COVID-19 outbreak across the globe, and a lot of companies have been forced to let their employees work remotely.

  • Propose and execute moonshot ideas that will help us deal with the crisis and create new, competitive business models for the future
  • Identify the current trend, analyze the behavior, compare it with the last biggest crises, and derive answers on how can the impact of this virus be contained

Virtual learning

The Coronavirus pandemic is disrupting universities and research institutes across the world, impacting research and innovation.

  • Build an Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality-based platform that provides a classroom experience to students online at home, that are trying to learn
  • Can you come up with a product to provide courses and tips on how to stay productive, build relationships when you’re not face-to-face, facilitate virtual meetings, and healthily balance family-work dynamics?
  • Or, can you build an innovative platform where someone in help can connect with experienced professionals who train people remotely, for instance, a medical professional training people on emergency actions?

Open Innovation for COVID-19

  • Develop a technological solution that will aid organizations working toward eradicating COVID-19 or assisting society with daily responsibilities (eg., medication, childcare, and grocery shopping) while ensuring isolation and loneliness
  • Propose technologies and innovative solutions, bioinformatics, datasets, apps for diagnosis, and the likes that can be leveraged for strengthening the fight against Coronavirus
  • Build a system that enables non-profit organizations to locate underprivileged sections of society and distribute essentials among them

Prizes: a better tomorrow

There are no prizes for winners of this hackathon. The prize money will be contributed to the welfare of society.

Interested in applying for the hackCOVID 2020? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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