Round 2 Challenges

1st track: Business Continuity

Addresses the set of problems that hinder businesses, especially start-ups and SMEs, are facing to stay afloat, collaborate effectively, restructure, re-profile or develop new more resilient business model and/or move online. 

1. Efficient team work

 Under this challenge, we aim at addressing issues such as:

  • improving productivity working at home, communication and ability to track remote work
  • Team building during remote work.
  • Enabling wide-spread remote working environments.

2. New and resilient business models

 Under this challenge, we aim at addressing issues such as:

  • Tools and new business models too allow the service sector (e.g. tourism and governmental services) to keep providing value to customers.
  • Easy tools to help start-ups and SMEs move online with new business models or ideas to create jobs and support fast economic recovery.
  • Quick and efficient job matching platforms, to allow a match between rapidly changing jobs supply and demand, including for seasonal work and with priority for critical sectors (health, agriculture and food supply chain, etc.)
  • Use of open source platform for e-commerce for click-and-collect online commerce services for free to any small and medium businesses.

3. Protecting employees

 Under this challenge, we aim at addressing issues such as:

  • Systems to allow companies to re-think the deployment of their workforce, to ensure their safety and minimize physical contact while ensuring work efficiency.
  • Quick and affordable disinfection systems for offices, shared spaces and public transport.
  • Easy decontamination of public spaces, offices, homes etc.

4. Stay close to your customers

 Under this challenge, we aim at figuring out how to help business to become digital. It should address also traditional (artisanal, local) and adjust their capabilities to stay in the market.

2nd track: Social Cohesion

It is about supporting quarantined or self-isolated people to remain safe and affording their needs. It also addresses socio-economic impacts of governmental adopted measures, especially in vulnerable groups.

 1. Protection of isolated & risk groups

 Under this challenge, we aim at addressing critical issues such as:

  • support regarding economic and social issues - e.g. basics providing for those with no financial 
  • Apps for the public to inform themselves about the Covid situation and to report symptoms would also be useful.

 2. Wellness of citizens 

 Under this challenge, we aim at addressing critical issues such as:

  • Reducing crisis impact on citizens’ wellbeing, with special focus on mental health and issuing of the clear recommendations.
  • Dealing with, and supporting lonely vulnerable people such as elderly, mentally fragile people, or people coming from a difficult socio-economic background.
  • Helping people with no Internet access to be reached and supported

 3. Developing people-driven economies

 Under this challenge, we aim at addressing issues such as:

  • new economic models (crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, etc)
  • Alternative and quick response finance: pooling resources (money) from different contributors to fund local solutions.

3rd track: Digital Finance

 1. Speed-up distribution of financial support

 The challenge is meant to find solutions to quicker distribution of public financial support via digital money/transfers.

 2. Enable crowd funding methods

 The challenge is meant to crowdfund to support the fight against Coronavirus such as the provision of medical equipment to local hospitals.

 3. Support for digitally excluded

 The challenge is meant to find solutions to provision of essential digital finance tools to the digitally excluded such as the elderly and homeless.

4th track: Health & Life Track

Focus on health based solutions, including hardware, supporting health workers and their protection, scaling electronic medical services.

1. Protective Solutions

 Under this challenge, we aim at addressing critical issues such as:

  • Low cost individual protection equipment that is easy to put and remove (ideally just one piece).
  • Automatic sterilization systems of ICUs, early and remote detection of infections
  • Early and remote detection of infections.

 2. Real time communication & prevention

 Under this challenge, we aim at addressing critical issues such as:

  • Rea-time transfer knowledge, insights and experiences and treatment protocols among hospitals
  • Remote medical assistance, preventive medicine via apps & remote consultations.
  • Platform for the availability of necessary pharmaceuticals and their delivery.
  • Tools for prediction & prevention of the outbreak – e.g. tools to anticipate the development of infections (e.g. nr of masks per day & person, nr of persons per patient).
  • Means of data collection and analysis “to collect data on the behavior and the habits of the population, in order to place preventive measures to reduce the risk of a new emergency.