Hackaton against COVID-19

In Member States, Digital Innovation and EUPL sharing fight COVID-19

Published on: 27/04/2020

This hackaton against Covid-19 is an initiative of the European Commission, in close collaboration with the member states. The purpose is a pan-European hackathon to connect civil society, innovators, partners and investors across Europe in order to develop innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges.

It aims to pursue innovative ideas to address the needs of the National Health Systems against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ideas and proposals from mentors & supporters, experts in health & ICT, scientists, engineers, developers and entrepreneurs were collected and submitted until to last weekend (April, 26-27) in order to be rapidly evaluated. Proposals that will lead to immediately applicable solutions, will be awarded and supported for a rapid implementation.

The question of the intellectual property of submissions stays to define, as the EU welcomes both open and proprietary solutions. In general, prototypes, products, services and code which will be developed in the course of the hackathon remains in the hands of the creators. Prototypes, products, service and code and solutions which have been developed prior to the hackathon as well.

However, Greece specifies that the code of the applications of hackathon.gov.gr will be freely available under the European Union Public License (EUPL) as a legal instrument to grant legal interoperability and open, royalty free distribution.

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