Associate Professor Vasos Vassiliou was a jury member in the EUvsVirus Pan-European Hackathon. The hackathon run on 24, 25 and 26 April by the European Commission, led by the European Innovation Council and in close collaboration with the EU member states. The aim was to connect civil society, innovators, partners and investors across Europe in order to develop innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges. Over 20,900 people from across the EU and beyond took part, with 2,150 solutions submitted in areas including health and life (898), business continuity (381), remote working and education (270), social and political cohesion (452), digital finance (75) and other challenges (83).
Dr. Vassiliou was part of the jury for the Health and Life challenge (the one with the most submissions) and has evaluated proposals in a range of health initiatives, such as supporting frontline health workers, scaling telemedicine, but mostly in real-time communication and prevention, which included solutions for contact tracing and support of containment strategies.