Combat COVID-19 with product prototypes, coding, user experience design, and business or social impact models at Hack for Wuhan
2020-03-06 09:00 ~ 03-08 09:00
The event is organized by 开源社 , wuhan2020 and Datawhale
The unexpected outbreak of COVID-19 has such huge influence that it has developed into a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).
According to the statistics up to February 16 at 19:00, there were a total of 69285 confirmed cases globally, with the number of cured reaching at 9778 and died at 1669.
Despite the difficulties, warm-hearted actions and activities are witnessed during this winter: the ongoing and continued dedication of numerous volunteers, the donation of urgent and necessary materials and supplies nationwide and worldwide, the highly-effective medical infrastructure construction of Huoshenshan Hospital and Leishenshan Hospital, and the support of medical teams from the other provinces of China.
In this fight against the epidemic, technical support plays an essential role. Chen Yueliang, an official with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, once urged tech companies to develop applications for public welfare, which, in his opinion, is “more helpful than donating even one billion yuan".
We have endeavored to encourage more people into the development of applications and apply the power of technology into this race against the disease.
A 5K-Star Community, An Anti-Coronavirus Battle
In January 2020, a group of enthusiastic developers founded an open source community named Wuhan2020 on GitHub, which is aimed to collect the information of hospitals, hotels, factories, logistics, donations, precaution, therapies, dynamics, etc. Through unified collection and publication process, all parties could share the information, and the social resources could be effectively allocated.
"Trust, Transparency, Technology" we built Wuhan2020 to achieve these values.
This way of collaboration proved effective. On GitHub, Wuhan2020 was among trending repositories, and has gained over 5,000 stars.
While gaining widespread attention, Wuhan2020 connects over 3,000 volunteers worldwide, including developers, product managers, designers, data analysts, information collectors, translators, media workers, and students. By staff's working together under the well-arranged mechanism, this community managed to build a digital defensive line against the epidemic. If you want to join us in this battle and contribute in the open source way, here comes an opportunity, as follows.
Hackthon Awaiting You
As volunteers and developers of Wuhan2020 community, we would like to invite you to our Hackathon: Hack for Wuhan, on 27th and 28th February, 2020. Let us hack together against the global crisis.
We believe hackathon can not only inspire the next billion dollar unicorns, but also help unite mission-driven developers and innovators to combat an international outbreak crisis.
We are looking forward to the novel designs, prototypes, business or social impact models. We believe that all efforts will make a profound impact.
We will provide professional technical supports to your inspiration, and you will have the opportunity to work with mentors from Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Andreessen Horowitz, GSR Venture, Google, Facebook, ByteDance and startups in Silicon Valley, China, and India.
Your every single effort for this fight against COVID-19 wherein all of us could keep the humanitarian spirits and open source values, can compose stories worth telling and precious memories to remember.
Hack for Wuhan Overview
In this online Hackathon, you will team up with other participants to work out creative solutions which can help the fight against the current epidemic of COVID-19.
To call on more people to participate and create works including product prototypes, coding, user experience design, and business or social impact models to combat the COVID-19 epidemic.
To encourage social innovation so that we can help the fight against the epidemic with open source collaboration and hence create shared value among volunteers, institutions, businesses enterprises, and platforms.
Online & remote working, distributed collaboration is recommended
Design and development competitions based on data provided by "Wuhan 2020"; submit works and pitch videos (idea, introduction, and meaning)
Participants and projects will be evaluated by the judges and the community, and the winners will be awarded.
Related to the emerging global public health crisis, the COVID-19 outbreak, the topics may include:
Works are presented in a free manner, including but not limited to:
Participants include, but are not limited to:
Judges and Mentors：
You can apply now for the opportunity to showcase your innovation at the 2020 Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) at UN Headquarters in New York on 12-13 May, 2020.
Act quickly, because time is short: the deadline to submit your innovation is next Tuesday, 3 March.
Selected innovators will be invited to participate in the 2020 STI Forum at UN Headquarters in New York. At the Forum, you will have the chance to present your innovation and connect with a valuable network — other innovators, those who can support or scale up your innovations, and those seeking to utilize such innovations.
Additionally, all innovators who respond to the Call will be automatically featured on Global Innovation Exchange (GIE), which brings benefits including:
Who can apply?
Submit your innovation if it is generating concrete results for sustainable development — particularly through one or more of the six “entry points” identified in the Global Sustainable Development Report:
This is an opportunity to get your innovation in front of other innovators, funders, and ecosystem supporters — and get all the benefits of a profile on GIE.
Innovations can be submitted before 9 March 2020 via Global Innovation Exchange at https://stiforum4sdgs.globalinnovationexchange.org.
STARTUP COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN
Any country, any industry, any stage
We are glad to announce South Summit opening their 2020's Startup Competition call.
South Summit is the leading Innovation Global Platform which connects top innovators to the world's most powerful investors, and corporations, who are searching for the next big thing.
The call is addressed to all startups (any development stage, any country and any industry) providing the opportunity of introducing their projects in front of a large audience, composed by business leaders, the biggest players within the field, experts and investors. This will also represent a unique chance to gain visibility and meet potential supporters.
The Rise of the South Summit Finalists
South Summit has become a benchmark for innovation, looking for 100 really promising projects.
These are some South Summit's startup finalists relevant figures:
You may have heard about some of them...
Cabify, 2014 Finalist (Raised $466M) - First Spanish Unicorn
Glovo, 2014 Finalist (Raised $506M) - Spanish Unicorn
Spotahome, 2016 Winner (Raised $57M)
Bnext, 2017-18 Finalist (Raised $30M)
Do you want to become one of them?
Now you have the chance to apply to the competitions:
REPOST - GIST TechConnect: Startups and Corporations - Strategic Partnership and Investments
Large corporations play an integral part in the startup ecosystem. For newly launched startups, corporations can be potential customers, R&D partners, manufacturers, investors, competitors, and of course, acquirers. Strategic partnerships and investments by corporations can help provide startups with the capital, infrastructure, networks, and resources they need to take their venture to the next level. Understanding how startups should engage corporations, what will capture their interests, and how they define success is critical to ensuring the relationship is mutually beneficial.
Join our expert panel as they discuss best practices for startups engaging with corporations, through fundraising, strategic partnerships, or as customers.
Join the expert panel on 19 February 7:00 am UTC+7 as they discuss best practices for startups engaging with corporations, through fundraising, strategic partnerships, or as customers.
NOTE: This TechConnect will be rebroadcast 19 February 11:00 am ET. An industry expert will be live chatting during the rebroadcast to take your questions.