Swiss and American universities initiate projects that collaborate with citizens, communities, government associations, and corporations. With the common goal to find solutions for location-specific problems arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, they come together to share their learnings and insights on working with different communities. This event connects the Swiss hackathon scene to a local Stanford University initiative, focusing the discussion around how communities have (and continue) to participate in creating more resilient responses to the Covid-19 pandemic in a digital age. During the event, the audience is invited to participate in the process and share their unique pandemic experiences. Responses will then be shared as a tool for participants to create their own grass roots solutions specific to their local communities.
Swiss organization HackZurich has built the largest European hackathon over the course of the last few years. In March, they organized #CodeVsCOVID19 along with the Zurich-based University ETH. The hackathon focused specifically on finding solutions for the most pressing problems that Covid-19 had created in Switzerland. They brought together several thousand participants and matched them with over 100 mentors in the field of medicine, epidemiology, etc. For this event we are joined by Setareh Gharibi, Project Lead of Digital Festival & HackZurich.
Stanford University’s Future Bay Initiative was developed to help local communities in the Bay Area better cope with environmental problems. This year the students were tasked with finding solutions for Covid-19-related problems that were identified by the local community. For this program, we are joined by Cansu Culha who headed the modeling group that investigated the benefits of Covid-19 contract tracing by using data that was provided by local corporate tech partners.
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