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COVID-19 global online hackathon

Hack the Crisis is back – and its global

Estonia is one of the world’s global capitals of digital innovation. So it was no surprise when the country’s startup community swiftly sprang into action over two weeks ago to respond to the deadly COVID-19 outbreak. In organising an online hackathon: Hack the Crisis, Accelerate Estonia, Garage48 and Guaana inspired around 1100 participants from 20 countries to suggest solutions that could support Estonia’s economy grow stronger in the aftermath of the crisis. It also paved the way for other countries to lead their own online hackathons.

This momentum for accelerating impactful and innovative action in Estonia stems from the startup ecosystem and goes all the way up to government level. Evidenced by the fact that following the success of the Estonian event, the country’s President immediately called for a global hackathon. That Global Hack is going to run on 9-12 April.

In difficult times we have always two options: remain seated when the ground is burning or start searching for solutions.

“I appeal to the international community to call you up to join our initiative and start working on finding and creating solutions, for the reason to minimise coronavirus’ socio-economic impact on our lives,” said Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid.

She added: “Coronavirus has a strong impact on our health and socio-economic environment. When the crisis shows our weak points out, it’s important that the public and private sector join their forces to start developing innovative ways to leave from the forced situation upright. Bringing together the brightest minds that are willing to be part of finding and creating the solutions, is the best start to building our future for the post-crisis’ period.”

The Global Hack is a huge opportunity to generate solutions that can combat the immediate challenges, identify pathways for the new economic reality that emerges, and prevent future lockdowns.

The Global Hack


A global community-driven platform for forward-thinking people fighting to solve both existing and post-crisis problems.


  • Hackathon teams with techies, designers, business leaders, innovators etc. 
  • Global leaders to inspire teams
  • Recognised industry experts to mentor
  • Public policymakers to support quick change
  • Media to report and include the whole world
  • Funds and investors to aid the rapid implementation


The hackathon teams will be at the forefront of implementing and enabling rapid global change with numerous new services and solutions.

Register your idea.

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Written By

Susan is the co-founder of Innovators Magazine and a consultant for OnePoint5Media. Susan is also a member of the UNFCCC-led Resilience Frontiers Nexus group and the Chair of the APOPO Foundation UK board.


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