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#SmartDevelopmentHack Spring 2020

Inspiring teams, exciting solutions, great commitment and the spirit to make a difference: This was the #SmartDevelopmentHack competition of 2020.

In an overwhelming response, more than 1000 proposals answered the call for digital solutions in April 2020. From these, 20 teams were selected and competed in a unique virtual event of international cooperation.

We thank all competing teams for their dedication to our joint cause: Tackling the challenges caused by the corona crisis in developing countries with digital innovations. Furthermore, without the many partners and mentors, coaches and supporters, this success would not have been possible. Thank you!

Meet our winners from 2020 

Meet our runner up teams 2020

The 2020 competition at a glance

Our competition criteria

  • Strategic significance: Is the proposed project a solution to a relevant problem related to the corona pandemic?
  • Impact: What is the impact of the proposed project?
  • Scaling potential: What is the potential for scaling up the proposed project?
  • Leverage: To what extent does the proposed project build on existing approaches and allow continuity of development efforts?
  • Risk mitigation: Does the proposed project address the main risks and in particular demonstrate a responsible approach to data collection?

The former Jury 2020:

  • Koen Doens (Directorate-General “International Cooperation and Development” DEVCO)
  • Tanja Gönner (Member of the Management Board, GIZ)
  • Rahul Mullick (Digital & Supply Chain Lead, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann (President, Technical University Munich)
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Nagel (Member of the Management Board, KfW)
  • Lacina Koné (General Director, Smart Africa)
  • Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, Secretary-General of the Organisation of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS)
  • Dr. Maria Flachsbarth (Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development)