With the European Commission’s support of the matchathon, hundreds of teams participated in speed dates on Talque platform during 24 hours. They had a chance to talk with experts such as the VP of Facebook Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Joseph (JD) D'Cruz from the United Nations Development Programme, many others and exchanged ideas with each other. and But it wasn’t only for hackers, many of the inspirational leaders from The Global Hack joined to see how their teams were going ahead with ideas.
Innovation and new ideas are crucial in times of crisis. But setting them up can be difficult, and early stage teams need individual support to take their projects to the next level. “We are committed to building this matchathon format further to offer a resource for any early-stage idea who is ready to take next steps,” says Hack the Crisis Matchathon co-organiser Kai Isand. “We will keep the platform open to all interested teams offering them the needed know-how through a series of webinars and 1-on-1 coaching with experts, also providing a growing list of organisations, experts, and mentors ready to help the teams,” adds Isand.
One such partner is the European Commission, which is committed to support all teams that come out from the Hack the Crisis movement. Helen Köpman, Deputy Head of Unit Blockchain and Digital Innovation at the European Commission, explains: “If you have solutions that have the potential for the European market are growing an innovative business, you can check out the funding opportunities available on the Startup Europe One-Stop-Shop at https://startupeuropeclub.eu/ and apply to the ones that fit your needs. There you can find Startup Europe projects that are looking to support digitally-driven innovators in industries such as healthcare, education or mobility. Also, the European Innovation Council now has a call open for startups that can deliver impact towards sustainable development and there will be more opportunities. These EU initiatives for startup and scaleup support will help you access new markets, gain customers, find new talent, and improve your product.” All teams can browse the partner list to find these kinds of opportunities and reach out to them via the built-in chat.
Hack the Crisis global events and The Global Hack have gathered hundreds of thousands of great minds worldwide to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fight is far from over, so we continue to come together as a global solidarity movement to find solutions to respond to the Covid-19 crisis. Continue hacking and matching to create the most innovative solutions that help people in severe need to overcome the crisis.