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AZERBAIJAN’S VIRTUAL HACKATHON INVITES TECH SOLUTIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO COPE WITH CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

UNDP Azerbaijan
Mar 31 · 5 min read

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global socio-economic crisis as much as it is as a global health crisis. We all have a duty of care to help the seven billion people on this planet, especially those most vulnerable, to cope with the immediate and long-term impacts.

The pandemic is moving like a wave — one that may yet crash on infrastructures, individuals and communities least able to cope.

Technology can help us invest in effective responses right now.

Already it is clear that the deployment of next-generation tech is set to expand exponentially in response to this multifaceted global crisis.

At the UNDP Accelerator Lab in Azerbaijan we are now more than ever looking to tap into the ingenuity and direct experience on the ground of people from local communities to come up with solutions that can be put into practice as soon as possible.

That’s why we have partnered with Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Transport, Communication and High Technologies and SUP.VC to undertake a VIRTUAL HACKATHON to crowdsource tech solutions to help people cope with the coronavirus crisis.

What will the hackathon look like?

• It starts with a call inviting all developers, innovators, companies, NGOs and active community members to offer tech ideas and solutions to help improve people’s lives during this crisis.

These are some of the key challenges we would like you to help solve, though we also invite you to propose solutions to other priorities based on the needs of your local communities:

1. Supporting the most vulnerable and at-risk people

2. Tech and health

3. Support to SMEs

4. Physical distancing and social connectedness

5. Improving awareness and behaviour and getting public advice

6. Tech and education

7. Tech and engineering

8. Tech for everyday lives

9. Tech for Tourism

10. Tech and Environment

YOU CAN ALSO PROPOSE YOUR OWN CHALLENGE — If you or your neighbourhood are facing a specific COVID-19 challenge that could be tackled with tech then we highly welcome your proposed solutions.

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OR A PRODUCT IN TEST PHASE OR THAT’S ALREADY UP AND RUNNING?

Complete this Google form by 9 April, telling us about your team, your idea and how it will help solve one of the challenges outlined above.

Preference will be given to ideas that can be put into practice as soon as possible.

The jury will make their final decisions based on whether your solution contributes to solving the challenge more effectively, rapidly and cheaply than existing solutions — especially if the solution can easily and quickly be scaled to help people at regional, national and even international level.

Some funding is available too to help launch each successful idea.

Alongside the hope of tech solutions, we must remind everyone that old-fashioned approaches to staying healthy can also help, including washing your hands.

Make sure to follow the instructions given by your local health authorities and WHO for keeping yourself and your family members healthy.

Follow: #tekkieheroes for regular updates.

A blog by the UNDP Accelerator Lab in Azerbaijan

UNDP Azerbaijan

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UNDP Azerbaijan

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www.az.undp.org

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