The BMZ #SmartDevelopmentHack
The corona shock has placed a heavy burden on developing countries causing enormous social and economic consequences.
With #SmartDevelopmentHack the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is calling for innovative digital solutions to tackle the challenges caused by the coronavirus outbreak in low- and middle-income countries. Under the patronage of the BMZ together with “Team Europe” partners from the EU Commission, other EU member states, tech-companies and civil society, we are launching the global hackathon #SmartDevelopmentHack as part of the upcoming German Council Presidency.
We are thrilled! We experienced two exciting hackathon days with you. Inspiring teams, exciting solutions, great commitment and the spirit to make a difference together have made the #SmartDevelopmentHack a unique digital event of international cooperation. Without the many partners and mentors, coaches and supporters, this success would not have been possible. We thank all participants. Especially the many solution providers, the implementation partners and of course all our partners. Thank you!
Drum roll: We now present the winners of the hackathon. For all hackathon teams that were not directly awarded – there will be the chance to present their solutions again in a unique pitch event and thus receive further support. And of course, the platform with over 1000 digital solutions will remain online. It can still be used to learn, connect and exchange.
These are the winning teams:
- CallVsCorona: Real-time crisis information in Madagascar and beyond
- Corona Audio Campaign directed at marginalized population
Region: Global South
- Digital Agriculture Africa
Region: Kenya, Nigeria
- Digital Enquirer’s Kit
Region: Chile, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Uganda, Colombia, Brazil, Ghana, Laos, Zambia, Mauritania, Philippines, Peru, Turkey
- Drone and Data Aid
Region: Malawi, Rwanda
- Matchmaking platform for national and private health system in Peru
- Mbaza – AI-based COVID19 chatbot
- Mobilizing Rural Women Entrepreneurs for COVID-19 Response and Recovery
- Yoma powered by Atingi – Diamonds in the rough
- 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)
- Strategic relevance: Is the proposed project a solution to a relevant problem in the context of the corona pandemic?
- Impact: What is the impact of the proposed project?
- Scaling potential: What is the potential for scaling the proposed project?
- Leverage: How much is the proposed project building upon existing approaches and enabling continuity of development efforts?
- Risk mitigation: Is the proposed project addressing key risks, in particular showing a responsible approach towards data collection?
The five pillars of our digital strategy will help to solve the global corona challenges. We are looking for solutions in these areas: