Between April 2 and 9, a “hackathon” was developed in Argentina with the participation of more than 350 developers who thought and designed 32 solutions for problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The initiative, called “HackCovid19AR”, was promoted by the Fide Business Incubator, the Municipality of Córdoba, the Córdoba Regional Technological University (UTN), the Business Incubator of the National University of Córdoba (UNC), the Faculty of Sciences Economics from UNC, and the UNC Secretariat for Science and Technology.
During seven days (about 164 hours of hackathon), the participants organized in 32 groups worked coordinated by 62 mentors (the majority worked in pairs) who gave their time and knowledge to guide each team.
Some 44 “experts” -professionals, specialists, teachers, academics, officials- who evacuated doubts and queries whenever necessary were part of this challenge.
The work was distributed in three verticals: Logistics and production, Human health and Access and data management. Within them, 15 problems to solve were presented.
According to the vote of the experts and juries that were part of the Hackathon, the projects highlighted in the three verticals were as follows:
Human health. In the problem of promoting, controlling and monitoring compliance with preventive and compulsory social isolation, the ConVos platform was selected, designed to serve as entertainment, contact and containment for the elderly. It seeks the reconstruction and generation of new social networks in a situation of confinement like the current one.
In the problems related to the supply of materials and equipment in health centers, Red Solidaria was chosen, a communication platform for personal protection elements that facilitates access to essential goods and services, by linking health centers, foundations and other organizations with those who can provide them with missing or scarce materials, thus creating a Solidarity Network of social synergy.
Logistics and production. In the problems related to the level of activity of micro, small and medium-sized companies, Vanpool stood out, which is a mobile platform and application that, through a secure environment and a collaborative logistics “carpool” approach, allows individuals, entrepreneurs and SMEs carry out the transfer of supplies and the delivery of products, with a shared cost structure.
In the problems related to the production and / or distribution of basic necessities, Gelificante stood out, which consists in the manufacture of a gelling agent that allows the country’s alcohol and pharmaceutical industry to develop sanitizers for topical application without importing supplies during the emergency. which is the Covid-19.
Access and data management. In relation to problems related to access to quality information, the most voted initiative was an Information Distribution Network, which uses the mass media and a team of volunteers (close nucleus) for the telephone attention of older adults who wish to receive relevant content and access reliable data at the juncture of the current pandemic.
In the problems related to guaranteeing access to education and culture during periods of social distancing, EduViA stood out, which stands for Virtual Assisted Education, a collaborative System of Remote Pedagogical Assistance, free, simple and easy to trace, which proposes to unite in The same platform for managers, teachers, families and students at the primary and secondary levels in a situation of no or reduced connectivity.
Lastly, in the problems related to financial inclusion and access to physical money, an application that coordinates and facilitates access to credit by various types of actors in a given value chain was highlighted. It is a platform in which loans and donations are intermediated by a public-private association that qualifies and guarantees the endorsement of the applicants and the gradual return of those funds.