Individuals or teams of 2 to 5 members can apply. However, we strongly encourage forming multidisciplinary teams. Teams are preferred and have a higher chance of getting selected for the 2nd phase of the hackathon; the prototype development phase. If you are an individual looking for a team, or a team looking to complete their needed skills, we encourage you to join our Slack community to complete your teams.
We are looking for solutions to the challenges caused by the crisis. How to help medics & hospitals to reduce mortality rate, how to organize events when you can’t physically assemble, how to replace income streams in affected fields, how to help cope with mental stress and anxiety, etc. We are also looking for solutions that will help us fight future pandemics, and all crises, for that matter, more effectively so that we never have to lockdown again. Ideas could revolve around developing more effective online health-care services, repurposing production industries to quickly and inexpensively meet unconventional needs in times of crisis, etc.
Finally, new solutions for the new world after the crisis are necessary. New possibilities in areas like work, education, media, entertainment, etc. What are the new tools that make working more effective and productive? How can we take part when we can’t physically be there? What new ways are there to effectively filter and consume media? And so on.
The team size should consist of at least 2 team members (recommended maximum of 5 people – otherwise it’ll be hard for you to manage during the prototype development phase). The team has to be able to turn the idea to a functional prototype within 5 days.
For the coding part of the project, you have to have all the necessary skills (mobile or web development expertise, full-stack expertise, etc).
You might also need designers to help you with the user experience in addition to people who could bring your idea to the world and put it in use – marketing, sales or hustlers.
It’d be great if you could add subject-matter experts to your team. People who have deep knowledge of education, health, well-being, social solidarity, or small businesses. Those will add tremendous value to your application and to your product roadmap.
Finally, if you’re working on data analysis or visualization; it might be necessary to engage with a data analyst or data scientist and add her to the team.
No, you cannot edit your submission after you have pressed the submit button and received the confirmation message. You can chat with support though to delete your submission for you so that you redo it if necessary.
As long as you don’t press on the Submit button, you can access and edit your submission as many times as you need until the deadline. We encourage you not to submit until your application is final.
A hackathon is a technology competition. The main hackathon event consists of teams of developers, designers, and others coming together for a specific time frame to develop prototypes or full tech-based products addressing a list of challenges or requirements. An online hackathon turns the whole event into a digital experience.
Our online hackathon takes place through 3 main channels; this application platform where you fill out your application forms. Slack is where you meet your mentor(s) and work remotely with your team. Finally, Zoom, where you make video meetings with the team, mentors, and attend webinars we organize to make important announcements and onboard you on different phases of the hackathon.
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