An Online Hackathon, April 2020

#HackCoronaGreece hackathon is a global marathon of technology, creativity and innovation aiming to find easy-scalable and marketable solutions to help end the crisis caused by COVID-19. We believe that solving challenges is possible through the cooperation of diverse stakeholders – individual experts, entrepreneurs, businesses and governments.

The team formation closes on April 10th

#HackCoronaGreece, an online hackathon supported by the Ministry of Digital Governance, the country’s main research and academic institutions as well as collective health and technology stakeholders.The hackathon kicks off with an open application for participants  and will conclude on Sunday, April 12th. 

HackCoronaGreece aims at collecting and accelerating the implementation of novel solutions for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in the following areas – healthcare, public administration, data analytics and more. 

Proposals gathered throughout the hackathon will provide solutions directly applicable to the challenges posed and will be evaluated by a renowned committee of jurors, including scientists, entrepreneurs and awarded.


Watch the #HackCoronaGreece livestream here

Schedule is according to GMT + 3 time 

April 7th


#HackCoronaGreece official kick-off online session

April 9th


Workshop: Design thinking


CTO’s meeting

April 10th


Mentorship sessions kick-off


Team check in Team Captains present a draft version of their team’s project


Final Team Formation Submission

April 11th


Kickoff Day 4


Mentorship sessions start 


Midday announcements  – First Submission Drafts Deadline


Workshop: How to perfect your pitch


Day recap meeting

April 12th


Projects submissions deadline


Projects demo session: Top 15 projects showcase

April 13th


Closing ceremony: Winners announced


Challenge 1: Real time capacity, supply chain & demand management for hospitals:including beds, covid-19 related materials and devices.

1α. Real-time capacity & demand management of COVID-19 hospital beds
The information from the Greek Ministry of Health concerning the number and the demand of available hospital beds (regular and ICU units) for COVID-19 patients needs to be available and updated in real-time and, ideally, supported by a projection for the demand in the upcoming hours and days in order to facilitate the distribution of cases. This information should be automatically generated by hospital information systems. The relevant ICD-10 WHO code ( should be adopted and data integrated with the help of MOH BI system and the National Organization of Health Care services EOPYY system.

1β. Real-time supply chain of COVID-19 related materials and devices for all hospitals and/ or points of care
To avoid shortages of protective materials (masks, gloves, antiseptics, protective suits, etc.) and any other special equipment (e.g. respirators) to deal with COVID-19 cases, we need to monitor the inventory accessibility throughout the whole country in real-time, as well as to forecast inputs and outputs. This system will help hospitals manage the COVID-19 pandemic by creating a materials management system for the National Health Service. The supply chain for protective materials covers the entire system of healthcare services (hospital and community staff).

1γ. Real-time supply chain of COVID-19 diagnostic tests
This system should encompass all certified diagnostic centers of Greece as well as the suppliers of testing equipment. All tests that are performed need to be recorded in real-time. The system has to provide information to make decisions based on proximity and availability of tests and forecast supply needs.

Challenge 2: National CALL CENTRE network

CDC/EODY call center receives calls from all over Greece and needs to extends its capacity in order to avoid long waiting times. However, Many Greek municipalities and prefectures have local call centers that receive calls from citizens on various community and social topics. These call centers could help lift the burden off CDC/EODY call center by being more interconnected to serve citizens and public health objectives better.

To manage the incoming phone calls ( better we need to come up with the system for services integration so that trained medical personnel can handle the increased amount of communication and make appropriate decisions (such as sending a medical help, examinations, referral to a hospital, where to transfer patients, etc.) when the need arises

Challenge 3: Telemedicine during the COVID-19 epidemic
The use of telemedicine is becoming increasingly imperative in the current context of the COVID-19 epidemic – remote diagnosis for patients suspected to have coronavirus infection, epidemiological surveillance, support for integrated care for patients with underlying chronic diseases, protecting vulnerable populations (elderly, chronically ill, etc.)

Challenge specifications: Integrate support tools to help physicians undertake the remote management of COVID-19 patients or chronically ill patients suspected to have COVID-19 while ensuring the patient consent, GIPD compliance and enabling multidisciplinary medical consultations.

Challenge 5: Open Source Hardware Solutions

Shortages of necessary PPE and medical devices will continue to pose a significant problem for healthcare workers and patients around the globe. Numerous medical devices are required to treat the COVID-19 patient. We need fast and easy solutions that can be produced to solve problems defined by hospitals and other health care providers. How can we help critical patients get the live-saving medical treatment? The objective of this challenge is to create open source hardware solutions that can be easily reproduced.

Challenge 4: Data Analysis - Mobile applications for mapping, symptom checkers, pandemic forecasts

4a. Mobile application: a symptom checker
Mobile applications allowing to check and monitor COVID-19 symptoms cases will be a huge help to ensure early response. The app should be able to record and keep symptoms and alerts for early medical response.

4b. COVID-19 mapping
Creating a mapping COVID-19 cases across the country when they are confirmed by visualizing the data on the current cases and predicting their future development with an integration of spatial time forecasting (GIS systems).

4c. Resources mapping
Creating a map of available resources across the country: volunteers, diagnostic laboratories, 3D printers, etc. Example: (the system allows the service providers and structures in need of volunteers to identify appropriately skilled volunteers and claim their services).

Challenge 6: Suggest your own challenge


Mentors play an extremely important role – they will give participants the tools and assistance they need in order to succeed in transforming their ideas into practical and useful solutions. Mentors are also responsible for motivating the teams, answering questions and helping them solve specific problems.

To become a mentor, please fill out this short form.



What is a hackathon?

A global challenge requires global solutions and, therefore, needs collaboration between a wide range of different actors. A hackathon is an innovation marathon where teams gather and come up with new solutions to existing problems. #HackCoronaGreece will activate the brightest minds of our country and beyond to solve the biggest challenges regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

What should I expect?

#HackCorona enables you to bring ideas to life. You will be able to work as a team from the comfort of your own home and to make an impact. You don’t need a complete product or solution to participate, and we will have judges and mentors available for a consultation to help guide your way. 

Who can participate?

#HackCoronaGreece is open for everyone, but we expect you to work in a team. We are looking for developers, designers, healthcare professionals, doctors, inventors and anyone who can help – no previous experience is required. You can register as an individual and we will help you find a team to work with or gather friends and join together as a team. Each team has a Team Captain and can include up to 10 members. Organizers reserve the right to disqualify entries and winners who violate the code of conduct and submission rules as outlined.

What about the team size? Can I participate alone? How can I form a team?
#HackCorona is a social event. You are welcome to register as an individual but we want to encourage you to go out of your comfort zone and team up with people from around the world. Teams are not limited to any size, so feel free to have as many or as few team members as you wish. You can join and view teams here or click here to create a new one. You can join and view teams here or click here to create a new one.
I don't know how to code — May I still apply?

Absolutely! It’s entirely irrelevant what your experience is going into a hackathon, it’s more about your interest in technology and healthcare.

Until when can I sign up?

The deadline to submit your application is Thursday, April 10th.

I want to join, what’s next?
  1. Gather a team (if you want to)
  2. Register on this page and join our Slack.
  3. Get ready for Friday!
  4. Friday: Join the kickoff event at 4pm here 
  5. Friday-Sunday: Make new friends and change the world! 
  6. Submit your project by 3pm on Sunday
Who owns the intellectual property of the hackathon projects?

You. #HackCorona and its partners don’t have any claim to what you have developed.

What are the resources provided?

We will be providing multiple sources for the datasets, we are working on providing the cloud infrastructure but you are also welcome to use Github or any other infrastructure that you choose.

Data Repository by Johns Hopkins

Open Source Know-How

White House Dataset

COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) by Microsoft Research



COVID-19 Data

COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Challenge

Reddit Resources

World Health Organization App

European CDC Data

ACAPS Resources

Real-time tracking of pathogen evolution

COVID Tracker

MongoDB’s flexible data model

Go and try it for free at and if you require more credits, please fill in this form:

IBM Cloud and Watson APIs Please ping IBM on slack to get a unique Feature Code

Postman COVID-19 API Resource Center

Google Maps, Cloud and G Suite


What is the evaluation criteria?


The final demo will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

    • Innovation: How innovative is the idea?  Does the approach stand out from solutions that are available so far?
    • Impact: How high is the benefit for the patient and other stakeholders of the health care system? Does the solution generate impact for our society? How viable is the solution?
    • Applicability: How user-friendly is the solution? Is the solution convenient to be used? How viable is the solution?
    • Feasibility: How realistic is the implementation of the idea? Can the solution be brought into life by further research projects or by founding a company?
    • Execution: How sophisticated and well-made is the technical implementation?

By participating, all participants agree to accept the final decisions of judges who are going to evaluate according to their best knowledge, and waive rights to pursue legal action against organisers of this event, organisers, sponsors or partners and judges.





Do you have a Code of Conduct that I need to follow?

Yes, we have! This event is following the Berlin Code of Conduct

What will I win?

The organization and its patronage will try to support as many great ideas and projects as possible with the aim of advancement and quick solutions and implementations against the coronavirus crisis. Please remember that even if you don’t win, this is a great opportunity to create something that can make a real difference. After the hackathon, there will be new initiatives to follow up on with good ideas and solutions that did not win.

What does it mean to be a mentor or a judge and how can I be one?


Mentors have an extremely important role – you will give participants the tools, knowledge and assistance they need to succeed in transforming their ideas into practical and useful solutions. Mentors are also responsible for making themselves available according to the schedule to hacking teams to answer their questions, help them quickly resolve specific problems, advise them, and challenge them.

To sign up to become a mentor, please fill out this short form




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