To find innovative solutions for the various challenges imposed by the current coronavirus pandemic, the European Commission hosted the Pan-European hackathon on 24, 25, and 26 April. Three Hungarian teams closed the weekend with great success. With their 3D printed glasses, Team Discover became the overall winner of the Health & Life category; the MassVentil Team won the challenge category of Ventilators/respirators, and the Linistry customer queue management system became the winner of the category of Business Continuity, reported the Ministry for Innovation and Technology (abbreviated ITM in Hungarian).
Origo reported that the Ministry, in cooperation with the Design Terminal, provided support for nearly 250 Hungarian applicants as a national curator.
The #EUvsVirus Pan-European hackathon was organised in collaboration with the European Innovation Council and the EU Member States.
The international jury evaluated a total of 2,150 submissions, and 117 of them were awarded during the weekend.
After the domestic recognition, Team Discover, a Hungarian team of university students (Márton Elődi, Levente Mitnyik, Péter Dános, Miklós Knébel, Péter Lakatos, Kristóf Nagy), was also awarded at a European level.
In 48 hours, they managed to create a fully-functional pair of 3D printed glasses that can “give nurses superpowers” by allowing them to monitor 100 patients at the same time.
As the winner of the Life & Health category, Team Discover will be invited to the Matchathon organised at the end of May by the European Innovation Council.
In the category of Business Continuity, the Hungarian developers of the Linistry application, Dániel Boross, Gyula Kövesdán, Zsigmond Kővári, and Gábor Surányi, won a cash prize of 3,000 euros. The flexible customer queue management system offers a solution to the elimination of the traditionally time-consuming process of queuing and waiting.
The team of MassVentil from the University of Óbuda came first in the challenge category of Ventilators/respirators with their
revolutionary mass patient ventilation system that can ventilate up to 50 or even more people at once.
This solution can also be operated outside of hospitals, in temporary emergency camps.
The aim of the competition was “to connect civil society, innovators, partners, and investors across Europe in order to develop innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges,” claim the organisers. Numerous innovative solutions were submitted in the fields of healthcare, business continuity, remote working and education, social and political cohesion, and digital finance. In addition to applicants from the EU Member States, more than 20,000 registrations had arrived from the UK, Switzerland, Israel, Turkey, India, and the United States.
The Ministry for Innovation and Technology added that the winners would be invited to join the European Innovation Council platform, which provides access to healthcare providers, foundations, investors, and other EU funding opportunities.