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‘DATA against COVID-19’ DeepHack


15 Apr 2020


Data-driven solutions to manage epidemic and pandemic lifecycles

Brussels, 15 April 2020 – EIT Digital, Europe’s leading digital innovation organisation, mobilises ‘hackers’ around the world to join the DATA against COVID-19 online DeepHack on 1-3 May 2020 and develop data-driven digital solutions for epidemic and pandemic lifecycle management.

The DATA against COVID-19 online DeepHack is open for up to 15 teams of students, entrepreneurs, start-ups, scale-ups, SMEs and corporates. The DeepHack will take place online from 1 to 3 May and the deadline for applications is April 27, 2020, noon CET. Winning teams receive a total of € 15,000. They also might be considered for a follow-up activity for a period of 6 months with substantial financial support from EIT Digital to fully develop and deploy their solution.

COVID-19 will not be the last global pandemic and identifying better tools and methods to manage the lifecycle of pandemics is a primary concern of policy makers and industry leaders. Modern digital technology, like mobile phones, data analytics, AI and social media offer a unique set of tools to provide and analyse data, to model, communicate and influence behaviour and help manage pandemic lifecycles.

Participants to the DATA against COVID-19 online DeepHack will use data to develop scalable solutions with potential to alleviate the current global COVID-19 pandemic, help policymakers, health services and industry leaders manage the pandemic lifecycle and prevent future public health crises.

EIT Digital welcomes in particular solutions in the domains

  • Alert or monitoring systems using mobile DATA
  • Provision of information and DATA sharing relevant to COVID-19
  • Systematic DATA analysis in different regions, populations and age groups (allowing for more targeted responses)
  • Integration of epidemic and economic DATA to drive more accurate societal impact analysis

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EIT Digital

EIT Digital is a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving

Europe’s digital transformation.

EIT Digital delivers breakthrough digital innovations to the market and breeds entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and improved quality of life in Europe. It does this by mobilising a pan-European ecosystem of over 250 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes.

As a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, EIT Digital is focused on entrepreneurship and is at the forefront of integrating education, research and business by bringing together students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs. This is done through our pan-European ecosystem located in Amsterdam, Berlin, Braga, Budapest, Brussels, Eindhoven, Edinburgh, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Milano, Munich, Nice, Paris, Rennes, Stockholm, Trento, and San Francisco.

EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies focusing on Europe’s strategic, societal challenges: Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing, Digital Finance and Digital Tech.

EIT Digital breeds T-shaped entrepreneurial digital talent focused on innovation through a blended Education Strategy that includes a Master School, Doctoral School, Summer School and Professional School.

Value creation combined with an investor mind-set will allow EIT Digital to develop into a sustainable organisation via diversification of its sources of income.

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