The CzechInvest, together with the Ministry of Industry and Trade, is launching a virtual hackathon Hack the Crisis. It aims to support and consolidate activities to combat or mitigate the effects of a coronavirus pandemic and to seek concrete solutions for current needs. This concept brings together the state, regions, universities, companies and associations with the aim of accelerating selected projects reflecting our country’s priorities in the fight against the coronavirus.
“We value private initiatives that are already in place and do not want to interfere with them. However, we want to deliver support where it is needed and demanded. We see that it works abroad, for example in Estonia, Poland or Germany, where we were inspired and we would like to offer the state support in the Czech Republic as well. Moreover, we are in contact with colleagues from Poland and have agreed with them to share examples of good practice and, where appropriate, to interconnect our mentoring networks”– says Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček.
The MIT and the CzechInvest want to support projects that face obstacles to their implementation. These can range from lack of finance, lack of contacts, know-how and capacity up to lengthy processes. The Czech Rise Up program and cooperation with the private sector will also contribute to this end. The partners of the virtual hackathon include, for example, Amazon AWS, IBM, Avast or Microsoft. The virtual hackathon has been also supported by the Future Port Prague, the Startup World Cup & Summit and the Institute of Circular Economics.
“We want to use not only contacts and capacities of project partners, but also companies from the Connecting the Czech Republic database. We will use the database to the utmost and thus interconnect even more of those who not only offer but also demand the capacity. For example, we will help find an IT expert to a company lacking such an expert. As we stand on the border between the state and the private sphere, we have contacts to investors, small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups, but also to various institutions and persons across the state administration. That is why we are able, for example, to help speed up the product certification process, as we did in case of the CIIRC CTU protective half mask.”– says the CzechInvest CEO Patrik Reichl.
Companies can join the virtual hackathon by submitting their project proposals via a simple web form on hackthecrisis.cz. Then, the jury of experts, representatives of the academic sphere and the state administration will evaluate the project, map the priorities and needs and will process brief feedback on the usefulness of project implementation. If the project gets the green light, it will be connected to a representative of the Connecting the Czech Republic team that will help provide, for example, computing capacities, consulting, financial support or links with representatives of other companies and the state. At the same time, they will help with the administration so that the registered person can commit to the project.
The idea board members will include, for example, the CTU Master Vojtěch Petráček, Government Commissioner for Information Technology and Digitization Vladimír Dzurilla, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Petr Očko or Vice President of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic Milena Jabůrková.
Contact – CzechInvest:
- Jana Kohoutová (spokesperson)
- +420 720 965 969
Contact – the Ministry of Industry and Trade:
- Štěpánka Filipová (spokesperson)
- +420 724 302 802
Further information can be found here: Hack the crisis