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Norway’s ‘Hack the Crisis’ Hackathon

Innovative response

Hack the Crisis Norway is an online hackathon set up to meet the challenges our society is facing as a result of the coronavirus. The event is organised by volunteers from the tech and startup community in Norway.

In a hackathon, people come together to create solutions and concepts from scratch in a short amount of time. Over the course of a weekend, people all over Norway joined forces to create innovative solutions to the corona crisis. Anyone could participate in Hack the Crisis Norway, and no previous experience was required.

The winners for each category receive NOK 100 000, and the runners-up will each get NOK 50 000. After the hackathon, there will be new initiatives to follow up on good ideas and solutions that did not win.

Specific issues addressed and anticipated impact

Norway's 'Hack the Crisis' hackathon will provide solutions through an agile hackathon format with thousands of participants with different skills around the world.

Winning solutions include 3d printing, a safe shopping innovation for communities, and an app where people can buy small virtual gifts for friends that can be exchanged for real goods when the crisis is over and shops re-open.

Organisations/institutions involved

Brainify Norway

Level(s) of government:
  • Private Sector

Issues being addressed:

  • Crowdsourcing solutions

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Date Submitted:

8 April 2020