With the 2020 celebrations and the new years’ resolutions, no one imagined that we would spend most of the year isolated at home to combat the spread of a deadly virus. Lockdown-lifestyle has taken over the world after COVID-19 outbreak, and most of our day-to-day activities are transferred virtually, many services are closed and a lot of industries are trying to cope with or reshape their products to the new reality.
That’s when The American University in Cairo, School of Business, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center CEI together with Etisalat Misr as the Platinum Sponsor, Entrepreneur Society ES and The Student Union Real life SUE decided to launch COVID 19 online regional hackathon, for regional university students to engage in finding solutions for the current COVID 19 crisis using the design thinking methodology.
“Hack-19” is an open call for students from all over the MENA, to help mapping COVID-19, create support structures or solve problems caused by the novel coronavirus. The hackathon provides students with a unique learning experience on how to build different components of a response system that helps people, businesses and nations deal with the disruption gracefully.
Rather than looking for a medical cure to the virus, the 3-day hackathon will focus on problems that are caused by the outbreak and the repercussions of the lockdown. The hackathon addresses three main tracks:
- Healthcare system support: Coming up with solutions that support the healthcare system in the face of all challenges. With access to health consultations being limited as a result of the pandemic’s repercussions, Telehealth is now more relevant than ever. Access to health information and the digital distribution of health-related services has become a necessity.
- Life continuity: Arguably the most damaging aspect of the COVID-19 is its toll on life continuity by forced and self-imposed quarantines that affects businesses, education and the basic chores from grocery shopping to caring for families. Significantly, plans to open the economy too early might trigger another spike in cases and deaths, a disastrous health situation, and an even longer lasting blow to the economy.
- Wellbeing: The outbreak is expected to cause panic especially in highly emotional cultures like the Mediterranean and will also have its toll on parts of the population causing depression and desperation. With little communication and exposure, digital comes as a key channel for supporting individuals to stay strong and deal with the aftermath.
Undergraduate Students from any discipline registered full time in any university in the MENA Region are welcomed to apply. Team members should be from the same university. Winning teams will get $1000 in Cash and Free Registration to Advanced Entrepreneurship Online Course for 15 Participants
We encourage YOU – student innovators of teams of 2-4 – to apply leveraging on design thinking methodology and present solutions across a range of suggested themes and challenge areas, from this link.
If you want to participate as a volunteer mentor or judge, apply through this link. Hackathon takes place from June 4 to 7.