World Hackathon Day seeks top talent for virtual contest
Date Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2020
This weekend sees the launch of World Hackathon Day, a 24-hour virtual event to “battle the world’s biggest challenges.” In the current climate with people around the world grappling with evolving work conditions, there couldn’t be a more opportune time to bring together some of the greatest minds and put them to addressing a range of issues across a variety of topics.
World Hackathon Day is the brainchild of Julien van Dorland, a Dutch entrepreneur who built up a following of over 800K subscribers on Snapchat, and Nir Kouris an Israeli entrepreneur and futurist. They created World Hackathin Day to bring together the smartest minds in tech “to create a greener, more sustainable and fairer future for everyone devastated by COVID-19.”
Participants in the hackathon are expected to leverage an array of technologies including VR, AR, blockchain, AI and more to tackle real-world problems and deliver feasible solutions. They anticipate a number of projects to develop products and services that meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic head on or that provide support for others on the front line of the battle.
Participants are encouraged to register now and start preparing their ideas along one of several tracks:
- Education & Empowerment
- Environment and Sustainability
- Finance & Digital Money
- Health & Fitness
- Music & Entertainment
- Solidarity & Elderly
- Travel & Mobility
- Work & Economy
Prior to the hackathon itself on May 30, the team has put together a series of online workshops and team building events with an wide selection of speakers from around the world.
At the end of the 24-hour hackathon, teams will demo their product in a live stream after which the judges will declare the winners and distribute prizes valued at $100,000.
Kouris said, “We are building the hackathon as a community, and teams have already started working. The hackathon will be followed by a Matchathon event in June for all the participants to build their ideas and network with each other.”