Over 6,000 developers join CODE19 online hackathon to beat coronavirus

CODE19 online hackathon has begun with more than 6,000 developers from India and abroad competing individually or in teams from their homes to create open-source solutions against the coronavirus crisis.

The outcome of CODE19 would be qualitative, open-source prototypes to help tackle various challenges facing India during or after the COVID19 crisis.

The 72-hour event, hosted by the Silicon-Valley-based Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation, will conclude on April 13, 2020 at 9 pm. Total prize money is $34,000 for winners — $10,000 for the first prize, $5,000 for the second and $3,000 each for three winners for third prize. The top 10 innovative solutions will be awarded $1,000 each. Winners will be announced on April 21, 2020.

Developers from cities such as Bangalore (533), Hyderabad (374), Chennai (293), Delhi (283), Kolkata (208) and Mumbai (226) are participating.

Out of the total number of participants, one-fourth is females. About 90 percent of the participants are below 25 years of age. Almost 70 percent percent of the participants fall in the 20-25 age group, while 20 percent are in the 15-19 age group.

82 participants from overseas are presenting their innovative solutions. These include 30 from the US; 16 from Bangladesh; 4 from Germany; 3 from UAE and Egypt each; 2 each from Ghana, Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, and Poland. Participants from Canada, China, Colombia, France, Guatemala, Iran, Israel, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, UK, Vietnam and Zambia are also contesting.

Participants have submitted 1,142 innovative ideas across six themes related to meeting the Coronavirus crisis: Open innovation for Coronavirus (481); Social Life, Welfare and Awareness (246); Healthcare & Medication (172); Education and Awareness (92); Research & Development (104); and Travel / Tourism and Industry (47).

More than 100 mentors are helping participants sharpen their product ideas and convert them to successful real-world products that will aid the fight against Coronavirus. Registrations for mentors will remain open till April 12, 2020.

The panel of judges to decide the winners includes names such as Gaurav Aggarwal, co-founder of 1mg.com; Manish Amin, co-founder of Yatra.com; Praveen Nahar, director of National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad); Vishal Gondal, founder of GOQii; Vaibhav Aggarwal, founder of Fabhotels.com; Amit Ranjan, co-founder of SlideShare; and Jitender Minhas, CEO of IAMAI Startup Foundation.

CODE19 is being organized in collaboration with partners such as HackerEarth, TIE Mumbai, IAMAI Startup Foundation, Mumbai Angels Network, Association of Designers of India, Stumagz and GirlScript. The event has three academic institutions as partners – National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad), IIT Kharagpur and Centre for Entrepreneurship – Ashoka University.

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