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    48 hours. A new evolution of the Covid-19 crisis in Switzerland. In Europe. Worldwide. You and your teammates, a whole Country, contributing safely from home. Keep finding solutions together!

  • Almost 2 months have passed since the first #VersusVirus hackathon. Today, we are happy to announce a second iteration of our hackathon! We’ll start with on the 28th of May, so save the date!

     

    Again, we want to engage the community and help Switzerland to emerge stronger to a “New Normal” life after this crisis.

     

    With this hackathon, we give you the chance to work on specific challenges. Projects that emerge from the hackathon will be able to join the VersusVirus Incubation Program afterwards as well.

     

    For this to work again, the May #VersusVirus Hackathon needs a strong, diverse community. That means people with very different perspectives and skills. So, you do not need to be a programmer or hacker to contribute. Bring yourself!

    Join us to take on the challenges now - no matter what your background is.

    We are stronger together!

     

  • Participate

    Different roles for diverse human beings

    Participant

    Do you want to work together with others on a creative solution for a current challenge in the context of the Corona crisis and make a meaningful contribution to society? Are you a motivated citizen, a creative, a problem-solver or a programmer? Do you have internet access and an email address? And understand English? Then register now and get actively involved!

     

    REGISTRATION CLOSED

    Mentor

    To support the participants on their way to the ingenious solution against Covid-19, we are looking for volunteer mentors for the online Hackathon with expertise in Design Thinking & Creativity Methods, IT, Data, Web Design & Multimedia, Business Model, Presentation & Pitching. Further fields of expertise will follow.

     

     

    REGISTRATION CLOSED

    Support #versusvirus

    Do you want to support us as a company or an organisation? Do you wish to help us cover our costs, or contribute to the concrete implementation or continuation of the developed solutions after the Hackathon? Be it as a multiplier or a data donor... your support is welcome!

     

    SUPPORT NOW

  • Topics

    The May Hackathon challenges will be located in the following thematic areas; which we consider to be the most relevant in the current situation.

  • Programme

    Please find the programme below. Participants can also browse the event timeline.

     

    PROGRAMME READING AID

    Hacking Time and Support - work on your challenge within your team; we offer mentoring & support

    Highly recommended sessions - don't miss out on these programme slots; the organisational team will use these slots to transmit important information regarding the Hackathon programme

    Optional Sessions - these slots offer inspirational insights, practical inputs or technical support to develop the best possible solution. Attendance is optional

    Optional fun & energizers - this Hackathon is also about having a great time together; tune in to these slots and have fun - you can also invite your friends; the access to the live stream is public and free!

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    Thursday 28.05.

    18:00-19:00 CEST: Welcome (Kick-Off)

     

    19:00-19:30 CEST: “How to get started - tech intro”

     

    19:30-20:30 CEST: Team building

     

    2

    Friday 29.05.

    09:00-18:00 CEST: Get yourself in shape for the hackathon!

     

    18:00-18:30 CEST: Start of Hackathon & Surprise!

     

    20:00-20:30 CEST: ”How to frame a problem”

     

    21:30-22:00 CEST: ”How to boost your creativity”

    3

    Saturday 30.05.

    10:00-10:30 CEST: How to create a concept

     

    11:00-11:30 CEST: VersusVirus Update #1

     

    13:00-13:30 CEST: ”How to create a prototype”

     

    14:30-15:00 CEST: ”How to pitch your idea”

     

    16:00-16:30 CEST: ”How to create a simple video”

     

    18:00-18:30 CEST: VersusVirus Update #2 and Presentation of the VersusVirus Incubator

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    Sunday 31.05.

    11:00-11:30 CEST: VersusVirus Update #3


    11:30-12:00 CEST: “How to upload your solutions on the app”
     

    18:00 CEST: Submission deadline
     

    18:00-18:30 CEST: End-of-Hack Event


    18:30-22:00 CEST: #funversusvirus

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    Monday 01.06.

    19:00-20:00 Closing ceremony

  • Switzerland, Europe, World

     

    Corona concerns us all. All citizens of Switzerland, all Europeans, all nations. Our hackathon is not the first of its kind and without the exemplary approach of others we would not have been able to set up this hackathon so quickly.
    That is why we pay attention to solidarity with other initiatives during the Hackathon. We want to avoid developing duplicate solutions, we have taken as example already developed prototypes and built on them where possible. Similarly, we do not see our work as being limited to a Swiss context. The solutions we develop are for all.

    Execution Guidelines

     

     

    In order to maintain social distancing, the Hackathon will take place exclusively online. The only condition for participation is a functioning internet access and an email address. You should also understand English.

     

    The aim is to actually implement some projects. It should therefore be possible for everyone to test the project, develop it further or build on it. A list of recommended technologies for digital solutions will be provided in the FAQ document.
     

    Principles

    Focus Switzerland: Focus on the specific challenges in the country

    No actionism: the topics must be relevant and concrete for the concerned actors.

    Not a PR campaign: Solutions are to be found for the general population. Thus we maintain a neutral branding & include many initiators on board.

    More than Tech: All skills are needed, not only technical know-how.

    Code of Conduct: We want to provide a safe, comfortable and inclusive environment and a nuisance-free experience for everyone. To achieve this we follow the Hack Code of Conduct.

  • Review April Hackathon

    This is what expects you when joining our next #versusvirus hackathon

  • Testimonials

    This is what people said about #Versusvirus!

    "Many thanks to the organizers for this tour de force!"

    Helena

    "Was a pleasure! We need more of this, a lot more!"

    Ralph

    "It really was a pleasure... and yeah... somehow it is quite sad, that the weekend is over..."

    Ivo

    "Thank you for the organization, it was my first hackathon and a great experience."

    Suzana

    "I am really impressed about the optimism, spirit, creativity as well as the chaos - amazing, congratulations to the orga team and also the mentoring leads. My deep respect to all the teams that delivered as promised."

    Mario

    "The last 48h felt like a Master, Thesis & Internship together. From transnational policy making to ClimateAction. Thanks VersusVirus for this amazing challenge."

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