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Hack The Crisis Denmark - Review

sherrrylst profile image Sherry List 🏡 🇩🇰 ・5 min read

Hack the Crisis Denmark which happened April 3-5 was a 48h online hackathon.

This Hackathon which is officially the biggest Hackathon in Denmark, gathered 415 registered participants & 660 people on the Slack channel from +50 nationalities together online to work on the solutions to help us tackle the current pandemic.
This Hackathon had the following winners:

Hack the Crisis Denmark was part of the "Hack the Crisis" series of Hackathons which is initially started by the community of Garage48 from Estonia.

This succesful hackathon was fully organized by group of volunteers & I was part of the amazing core team: Lisa Mallner, Goran Vuksic, Joachim Holck Christoffersen, Alexander Hafstad, Zivile Einikyte, Juliana Geller, Harry Justus, Razvan Suta, Oliver Hall, Rünno Allikivi, Daníel G. Daníelsson and Merete Holmberg.
I am super impressed that we could make this event happen in only 8 days!

Hack The Crisis Team

The last team meeting before event starts.

The Hackathon

The event started on April 3rd at 15:00 with an opening Webinar via Microsoft Teams Live which was also Live streamed via TechBBQ's Facebook page.
We asked participants to create their skills and interests on our DEVPOST page or join our "#brain_market" channel on Slack to form their teams. Once they formed their teams and defined their idea, they had to inform us.
Ideas had to be within these three categories:

  • Save Lives
  • Save Businesses
  • Save communities

Once the teams were formed we assigned them, mentors. We had 71 mentors for our events and you can see the list of our mentors on our website.

Mentors

One of our calls with mentors.

Each team created their own Slack channel for their teams to be in touch with each other and work together. We encourage mentors to join their channels as well. Each team had 3 different checkpoints with their mentors and after each checkpoint, mentors wrote down their feedback about the team. We also had a channel on Slack called #askmentors, where participants could ask their questions from mentors.

Pitch training

Two of our mentors, Gleb Maltsev & Ginny Radmall
organized a full session to teach team leads to pitch their project. We got really good feedback from participants about this session.

Online socializing

We all know tried our best to mimic the same experience of an in-person hackathon for participants. That's why we came up with #selfie & #random channels on our slack.
We encouraged participants and mentors to post useful and funny content on the #random channel and selfies from themselves on #selfie channel.

Selfie1

Selfies from #selfie channel

Both channels were active during the event and even after the event. We even ended up having an unofficial after-party where we received many selfies during and after closing the webinar.

Selfie2

Selfies from #selfie channel

Jury

The deadline for submission was on April 5th at 16:00. We have received 76 submission on DEVPOST. Organizers sent the top 9 submissions to our judges to evaluate and the top 6 teams were invited to pitch in front of the jury. The format was 2 minutes pitch & 3 minutes Q&A.
We had Natasha Friis Saxberg (CEO, The Danish ICT Industry Association), Nana Bule (CEO, Microsoft Denmark), Jørgen Bardenfleth (CEO, Symbion), Morten Bentzen (C-level executive, Former CEO of Telia Danmark), Cristobal Alonso (Global CEO, Startup Wise Guys) and Henning Langberg (Head of Innovation, Rigshospitalet) as part of our jury.

The Jury

The winners

Covid Guard

For the category of Saving lives, the jury chose Covid Guard as the winner.
Covid Guard works the following way:
By downloading the CovidGuard app, your phone will send out a Bluetooth beacon signal to other phones with a unique anonymous id while registering the proximity of other phones around you. If a person you’ve been in contact with is tested positive for the COVID-19, they can automatically alert you, so that you can take the necessary precautions.

QuickQ

For the category of Helping Businesses, the jury chose QuickQ as the winner.
The project QuickQ, seeks to solve the problem of social distancing in stores. To many, fulfilling the daily shopping needs is the biggest contamination risk, and the one place where people get specifically close here is at the shop's cash register. Cramming people at the cash register is a health hazard, therefore we seek to allow the customers to queue from anywhere inside the store.

Jurmatpol

For the category of Helping Communities, the jury chose Jurmatpol as the winner.
The COVID-19 crisis has caused tremendous damage to the economy. The Danish government has already offered a part of the solution; financial aid packages that compensate for lost revenue and salary expenses.
But what package suits you? That is not always straightforward. Jurmatpol has created an easily accessible overview. Making it easier and faster for businesses to make the right decisions.

Top 12 finalists

Saving lives

Helping Businesses

Helping Communities

What's next?

We are joining the EU Hack the 24-26th of April and encouraging the teams to join that as well. This hackathon which is a pan-European Hackathon organized by the European Commission, where you will have the opportunity to connect with civil society, innovators, partners, and buyers across Europe to continue to develop their Covid-19 solutions.

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