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VIRTUAL EVENT  |  JULY 10 – 11 2020

Join us for a COVID-19 Water and Sanitation virtual hackathon.
This 48-hour event aims to find digital and technology solutions to
water and sanitation problems in a time of COVID-19.

Registration for the Hackathon is now closed.

48 Hours | 2 Challenges

 

The first challenge will involve solving a COVID-19 water and sanitation challenge using machine learning and data science.

 

The second challenge requires the use of technology to enhance communication and drive behaviour change.

 

Focus Areas:
Knowledge Dissemination
Behaviour Change
Design and Communication
Health and Safety

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

 

We are seeking a diverse group of youth participants ages 16+ in the following categories: Engineers, Geeks, Designers, Coders, Entrepreneurs, Data Scientists, Masters and Honors Students in water research science!!! The call is open to all experience levels, and participation from individuals with the above-mentioned skill sets are welcome; what matters most is your commitment to making an impact and your willingness to collaborate.

WHAT IS THE COVID-19 WATER AND SANITATION HACKATHON?

 

The COVID-19 Water and Sanitation Hackathon is a 48-hour hackathon on 10 and 11 July to find digital and technology solutions to water and sanitation problems in a time of COVID-19. During the hackathon, multi-disciplinary teams will collaborate to develop innovative solutions that can help address the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Participants will form teams on Friday, July 10 to hone in on key problems and generate solutions, including proof of concepts, prototypes, and preliminary vision for execution. Throughout the two-day period, teams will connect with mentors to refine their solutions.

 

On Saturday, July 11, teams will make their submissions to a panel of expert judges. We are focused on connecting teams with the tools and resources needed to develop solutions that can be implemented post the ideation phase. After the event, winning teams will have the opportunity to bring their solutions to life with the support of our partners.

 

There are two challenges to be solved within the 48-hour period. The first challenge will involve solving a COVID-19 water and sanitation challenge using machine learning and data science. The second challenge requires the use of technology to enhance communication and drive behaviour change.

ALL YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

General Event Information

How do I apply?

Click on the “HACKERS REGISTER HERE” button and complete the form. Applications are due by June 28 at 16:00 PM CAT. If you are applying with a team, all team members must submit individual applications.

 

In which languages will the event be held?

English will be this event’s primary language. Event-wide presentations will be delivered in English. Participant teams’ final presentations will be delivered in English. Each team will be required to have at least one member who is fluent in English.

 

Where is the challenge taking place?

This is a virtual event. Teams will work together throughout the two-day event using the Zoom platform.

 

When will the challenge take place?

The virtual challenge will take place from Friday, July 10 through Saturday, July 11 2020.

 

How much time do I need to commit?

The Challenge is a 48-hour sprint beginning on Friday morning (July 10) and ending on Saturday afternoon (July 11). Since the goal is to rapidly bring meaningful solutions to life, participants should expect to commit all of Friday including the evening, and Saturday morning/early afternoon to the end of the challenge. Participants do not need to be available 24/7 for the duration of the event but should communicate their availability to team members.

 

What happens after the 48 hours?

After the weekend, the best ideas and teams will have the opportunity to co-develop and implement their solution with the support of our partners.

 

What do winning teams get?

Winning teams will receive prizes, organizational support, computing resources, and direct access to key partners to further develop, validate and implement solutions developed.

 

Who owns the product/solutions that the teams create?

In an effort to expedite the development and implementation of solutions developed in this event, all products and solutions developed in this event will be open source. All products and solutions developed during this event will be subject to the terms below:

 

The following terms apply to participation in the COVID-19 Water and Sanitation Hackathon (“Hackathon”). Entrants may create original solutions, prototypes, datasets, scripts, or other content, materials, discoveries or inventions (a “Submission”). The Hackathon is organised by the WRC COVID-19 Water and Sanitation Hackathon Organizing Team.

 

Entrants retain ownership of all intellectual and industrial property rights (including moral rights) in and to Submissions.

 

As a condition of submission, Entrants grant the Hackathon Organiser, its subsidiaries, agents and partner companies, without restrictions, a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work from, and publicly display the Submission.

 

Entrants provide Submissions on an “AS IS” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied, including, without limitation, any warranties or conditions of TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

Entrant represents and warrants that, to the best of his or her knowledge, any work product is Entrant’s own original work and is not within the intellectual property rights of any third party, including any former or current employers. If you are unsure, you should consult any former or current employment agreement to which you are a party. Under no circumstances will Hackathon Organiser be liable to you or any third party for any damages, direct or otherwise, arising out of use of this hackathon work product.

Participation – What You Need & Process Details

Do I have to have a technical or clinical background to participate?

No! Participants of all academic and professional backgrounds as listed above are welcome! Technical or medical experience is always helpful, but it is not required.

 

Do I have to be a WRC student or a WRC partner affiliated to participate?

No! Participants do not need to be affiliated with the WRC or its partners, just need to be eager to participate! As above, technical or medical experience is always helpful, but it is not required.

 

When will I hear back about my application?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and our review team will try its best to respond to applications within a few days of receiving them. The latest you should hear back by is the afternoon on Friday, July 3.

 

How are applications evaluated?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Emphasis will be placed on ensuring a diversity of skill sets and demographics are represented among participants. You will receive an email from the WRC COVID-19 Water and Sanitation Hackathon team with an update regarding your acceptance.

 

How are teams formed?

Participants will work together in teams of 5-7 members. We strongly encourage participants to apply individually, and form teams at the event – this event is designed for both pre-existing teams and individuals seeking to join a team. If registering as a team, please indicate the following information on the application form:

• Application as a team

• Team name

• Names of all team members (NOTE: a maximum of seven (7) team members is allowed)

Support – Becoming a Mentor or Partner

How do I become a mentor?

Application to become a mentor is now closed.

 

What is expected of mentors?

Mentors will work with teams based on their experience and expertise. Mentors do not need to be available for the entire weekend. However, mentors who would like to partner with us for the entire duration of the hackathon are more than welcome to do so. Once mentors have been accepted, they will select shifts that best accommodate their schedule.

 

How does my organisation/company become a partner?

Thank you for your interest! Please email zamaz@wrc.org.za. A member of the organising team will contact you to determine how your organisation’s expertise, resources, and reach can be most effectively utilized as a part of this effort.

WHAT IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ANSWERED?

If you have additional questions or press inquiries, please email Ms Zama Zulu on zamaz@wrc.org.za.