🇮🇳 India's COVID-19 Online Hackathon

At Coronathon, 3000 people from India's tech, business and healthcare community came together in March/April 2020 to build projects to help minimize COVID-19's impact on India

What is it?

COVID-19 poses a grave danger to India because of our high population density and abysmally low number of hospital beds per 100 people. In the worst case, India’s coronavirus infections may be just getting started and we may be looking at a tsunami of cases in the weeks ahead. It’s encouraging to see the Indian government take necessary steps such as lockdown and indian corporates switch to Work From Home. However, until we have a vaccine, infections can flare up anytime, anywhere. Current estimates suggest that we’re many months away from a vaccine, so we may be in for a long time to face multiple widespread disruptions due to either infections overwhelming our healthcare capacity or due to social-distancing induced economic slowdown.

So, on March 22nd 2020, we invited the Indian tech community to come together and collaborate to build projects that can help other Indians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over a period of 4 weeks, they launched 40+ projects and many of them had a positive impact on fighting covid-19 in India.

Participation in the hackathon is not open anymore now

Format

  • Hackathon started on 22 March 2020 (Sunday) and ended on 19 April 2020 (Sunday)
  • Teams were formed online and hackathon happened virtually on Slack (for people to discuss projects and form teams)
  • Each week teams worked on their projects after work time and during weekends
  • There were three demo days where finished projects were demonstrated to a group of audience
  • Demo day was moderated by the hackathon organizing team but anyone was free to join to see projects
  • During the demo day, the organizing team and advisors helped promising projects with financial help, resources and guidance

Conclusion

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