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What is REINVENT HACKS? 

What is CORONA HACKS?

 

 

ReInvent Hacks is a virtual platform that allows individuals like you to develop creative software application ideas whether or not you have programming experience. This is the perfect platform for you and your team to explore new technologies, work on a passion project, and build a working proof-of-concept in a short span of time. ReInvent Hacks gives you the chance to gain new coding and development skills and create new innovations that could shape the future of our world as we know it.

 

Corona Hacks is an opportunity for you to fight COVID-19 with digital solutions! Your country needs you, now more than ever and we want to encourage critical thinking and knowledge-sharing to help you solve the burning issues affecting their industries. Corona Hacks is a six-week virtual Hackathon where teams of youth across the Caribbean, Africa, Pacific and European will network and collaborate with like-minded people who are passionate about building products and improving the lives of those affected by this pandemic.

 

COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of life worldwide. As a result, the Caribbean and its industries have been greatly affected. Experts have estimated that 40% - 70% of the global population will be infected by the viral outbreak over the next 12 months. You and other Commonwealth youth have the chance to find ways to respond to these issues before things get any worse.

 

From April 1 to May 31, Corona Hacks will feature a series of webinar workshops, keynote talks, ideation sessions, coding sessions and opportunities to network with other ambitious, young designers and developers from across the globe! 

 

Innovation drives the success of businesses in today’s digital era. We want to provide you with the tools to develop innovative software applications meant to tackle the issues experienced by affected industries. 

Companies need to be able to lead in their industries and improve their products and services at the pace of their growing customer expectations. Imagine if those solutions came from you?

Themes

Healthcare On the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic are our healthcare providers. At the beginning of April 2020, more than 870,000 cases and over 43,000 deaths have been reported worldwide. In developing countries, COVID-19 cases are rapidly rising and Healthcare systems everywhere are crumbling under the pressure. As regional governments are tackling overburdened healthcare systems and increasingly fragile economies, there is a need for a multi-sectoral response to problems posed by COVID-19. The way in which primary care is provided and received is transforming in response to the pandemic. In many cases, healthcare providers are struggling to manage the volume of COVID-19 patients needing critical care. In countries like Singapore and South Korea, digital solutions have been adopted to assist with testing and contact tracing of patients with the virus. Innovations like these show us that by anticipating the needs of our healthcare systems, we can find sustainable answers through software applications. Business & Commerce Businesses from various industries such as entertainment have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Several businesses have had to close their operations and at best retain minimal staff. Many businesses have also allowed many of their staff to work from home which is unfamiliar territory for some. Business owners are searching for creative solutions to problems they will face reopening after the pandemic or problems they are facing to stay open despite the pressure many of them under now. Commerce is also being affected by the pandemic as consumers are reallocating their funds to different industries amid the crisis. For example, car sales have plunged in the United States and China. World trade is also in trouble. According to the World Trade Organization, global trade could fall between 13% and 32%. Director-General of the World Trade Organization Roberto Azevedo described the numbers as “ugly”. A website has already been established to track e-commerce activities in several countries in Europe, North America, Africa, and other regions. This was done in an effort to provide insight between e-commerce activity before, during after the pandemic. Food & Water Security As COVID-19 spreads, many regions are faced with a global crisis that has the potential to shut down the cargo ports in the different countries, if it hasn’t already. This is likely to affect shipping lines, global supply chains, exporters abroad and importers domestically. Between 80 and 90 per cent of all food consumed within the Caribbean region (in the amount of about $6 billion according to the latest numbers) for instance, originates from foreign countries, such as the United States, creating greater uncertainty between the months of June to November when there are elevated risks of hurricanes. Within the upcoming weeks and months, as key fruits and vegetables come into season, short ripening times and perishability will be compounded by reduced labour, both locally and internationally. Additionally, social media is already buzzing with videos of panic buying, food shortages and price gouging in different parts of the world. Creative Industry In an effort to curb the spread of the Coronavirus and to not overwhelm our healthcare systems, schools have closed, mass gatherings have been postponed, and we are all working from home while we are either in self-quarantine or self-isolation. Additionally, arts institutions are closed and cultural events have been cancelled leaving performing artists and other creatives out of work. It’s not just musicians feeling the pressure though, dance schools have cancelled classes and photographers, who rely on the busy events season for a significant portion of their income, are seeing their work dry up. As theatres begin to close, the industry's many contract workers face financial losses. Tourism Imposed travel bans, cancelled cruises and airplane flights, and closed hotels are damaging the all-important tourism industry throughout the Caribbean. Countries in the Caribbean, Africa, and the Pacific have postponed their annual carnival celebrations and conferences; some countries remain closed to visitors. The Spanish hotel chain RIU, which owns several hotels in Jamaica, said: “We are facing an unprecedented situation that requires us to take exceptional measures.” In the Caribbean for instance, tourism accounts for more than 15% of their annual gross domestic product and the pressure is imminent. Governance & Rule of Law Governments are at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic response and their involvement will mean the difference between life and death especially for the most vulnerable in the societies they govern. The ability to restore normalcy is squarely based on a government’s competence in developing meaningful policies and maintaining the rule of law to ensure public safety. Creativity and innovation are needed in the judicial system now more than ever. With social distancing recommended and enforced, the judicial system now has to rethink traditional practices such as having 12 jurors in a box. Almost 100 federal courts across the USA have closed and subsequently delayed trials. However, what cannot be paused or delayed is the transparency of government, maintenance of the rule of law by the government and the fight to prevent corruption. CCHOOSE A TRACK FEATURED

Join the challenge.

Are you a developer, engineer, designer, creative, medical professional, or entrepreneur? Then register to participate in our Reinvent hackathon. 

Find your squad

Use our online community SLACK channel to find like-minded individuals or potential collaborators. You'll need a team of 2-4 members for the final challenge. Each team must contain at least 1 female participant. Additionally, each team must have 1 software developer/engineer and 1 person working in one of the listed thematic areas.

Build your project

Join our global virtual hackathon and bring your wildest ideas to life with your team. The challenge will kickoff on April 1 and you will have up to April 30 to submit your concept. After being shortlisted, you will have 6 days to build your project to then demo it for judges all over the world.  

FAQs

WHAT IS A HACKATHON?

A "Hackathon" is just a fancy word for a collaborative effort between a group of people arranged into teams trying to find a digital solution to a problem. The teams typically consist of software developers and designers of various levels of expertise. 

IS THIS A VIRTUAL HACKATHON?

Yes! Reinvent will be strictly facilitated online. This is because we want to simultaneously engage youth throughout the Caribbean region and different time zones to solve the COVID-19 crisis and drive innovation. Everything from registration to idea submission to judging happens online.

WHO SHOULD JOIN THE CHALLENGE?

If you are a beginner or a novice designer and/or developer, then this is perfect for you. Additionally, individuals who work in the various themes listed are the perfect fit for the Reinvent Challenge.

WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE?

Traditionally, the responsibility of coming up with innovative products, services, and business models was assigned only to a handful of people within the organization and/or industry. Nowadays, as digital literacy takes over, companies, both big and small, conduct hackathons to drive innovation and teach required digital skills. We here at ReInvent believe you can gain the necessary skills and guidance from the challenge to attract these organizations and industries and alleviate any pressure they may be feeling as a result of COVID-19.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE IN THE HACKATHON?

Participation is simple! If you want to participate in the hackathon, all you have to do is go to https://reinventhacks.com/register/ to register.

WHAT OTHER WAYS CAN I GET INVOLVED?

We also need digital ambassadors. Digital ambassadors are needed to bring awareness to their own communities as well as advocate for digital literacy. If you’re passionate about digital literacy and want to get others excited about our hackathon head on over to https://reinventhacks.com/ambassador/ for more information and to sign up.

WHO'S THE TEAM BEHIND REINVENT HACKS?

Reinvent Hacks is being led by the Next Gen Creators team! They promote the learning of Digital Literacy skills for youth in the Caribbean and are also behind the, "Coders of the Caribbean" hackathon. You can check out their work here: http://nextgencreators.org

ARE THE SESSIONS RECORDED AND AVAILABLE TO VIEW AFTER THE EVENT?

Yes! We will create a live hub with the content from our event. 

SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES

Q: How do I submit a speaker’s proposal?
A: Email reinventhacks@gmail.com with the below details and it will be reviewed by the content team.

Speaker Name
Speaker Biography
Proposed talk title and description

WHAT IS THE COST TO ATTEND?

This event is 100% free!

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Email reinventhacks@gmail.com and a member of the team will be happy to assist.

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