Throughout the weekend I have been able to see the great energy and innovative ideas coming from the participants in the EU Hackathon hosted by the European Commission under the patronage of Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation.
The hackathon is led by the European Innovation Council and the great Isidro Laso is one of the driving forces ensuring it becomes a big success in participation and engagement. I am very proud to be ambassador to the event with many other entrepreneurs, politicians and innovators in Europe.
It is really important to foster the collaborative spirit in Europe in these circumstances, the virus understands no boundaries and we need to fight it together, with corporations, institutions and innovators working hand in hand.
I am inspired by the more than 13.000 participants who are giving their time and brains to find innovative solutions and I look forward to be one of the jurors next Wednesday!
The winning solutions will be invited to join a European Innovation Council COVID Platform, which will be launched here on 30 April, to facilitate connections with end users, such as hospitals, and provide access to investors, foundations and other funding opportunities from across the EU.
Have a great hackathon!
Update: On wednesday I was honored to be a final juror of the Fintech competition and all projects were remarkably advanced for just a few days of hard work. We could evaluate the projects according to impact potential (20%), scalability (20%), novelty/innovation (20%), prototype completion (20%) and sound business plan (20%).
Congrats to all participants!. And all were trying to tackle significant issues on the financial sector in the post-covid world, fighting inequality and access to capital markets for individuals and SMBs.
The day after, the definitive winners were announced:
Winner: Health & Life