The European Union’s efforts to respond to the COVID crisis include a major participative initiative to harvest the ideas of organisations, experts, and ordinary citizens across the continent. To achieve this objective, throughout the past weekend, the European Commission hosted the pan-European #EUvsVirus Hackathon.
The hackathon, led by the European Innovation Council and in close collaboration with the EU Member States, connected civil society, innovators, partners and investors across Europe to develop innovative solutions aimed at fighting the coronavirus outbreak.
The hackathon focused on six challenges: health and life; business continuity; social and political cohesion; remote working, education and digital finance.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said that “The #EUvsVirus Hackathon is a great example of the European cooperative spirit I so admire. When times get tough we come together, work together and we will beat this virus together for everyone. I thank all those that have given their free time, boundless energy and expertise to make this a reality.”
Over 12,000 participants took part in the hackathon.
The Commission is committing hundreds of millions of Euros in research and innovation actions to develop vaccines, new treatments, diagnostic tests and medical systems to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.