Three Hungarian teams participated successfully in the EUvs.Virus pan-European hackathon. We asked Team Discover about their experiences and fantastic development.
In cooperation with Design Terminal, the Ministry of Innovation and Technology supported the participation of nearly 250 Hungarian applicants as an international curator. Between 24 and 26 April 2020, the European Commission and the European Innovation Council, in collaboration with the Member States, organized a creative online competition to find innovative solutions to the challenges of the coronavirus. A total of 2160 projects were received by the organizers at the EUvs.Virus hackathon, of which the international jury awarded 117 innovative solutions. Among the top six we can also find two Hungarian teams.
After the prestigious Hungarian recognitions, Team Discover, a group of Hungarian students was awarded at the hackathon – Péter Dános, Márton Elődi, Miklós Knébel, Péter Lakatos, Levente Mitnyik and Kristóf Nagy. They would help healthcare workers with 3D-printed glasses with sensors. The top winner of the 900-team Life & Health category will be invited to the Matchathon, organized by the European Innovation Council at the end of May.
The team of six, who have known each other from Városmajor High School for more than 10 years, has already started at the Hack The Crisis hackathon. So far, they have taken part in countless innovation competitions, but they haven’t had to work far apart: half of the team helped the others in Budapest from Stockholm.
“The idea for the glasses came from the fact that we had previously talked to an acquaintance of us who is a doctor at the coronavirus department of Szent László Hospital, and we learned from him in what area we needed to help” – Péter Lakatos told us. “We haven’t had health innovations before, but the team members have a lot of experience in areas that needed to be involved in this development.”
Peter was surprised at how well-organized the online hackathons were. “The presence of mentors was a huge help. At the very beginning of the competition, I reviewed the entire list, looking for the ones who work in healthcare, who can help with business development. Everyone could say something that added to the product.” They had a close relationship with Balázs Fürjes and Tamás Bábel from EIT Health InnoStars during both hackathons, to them they owe the most.
The result of the EUvs.Virus competition also brought Hungarian and international press interest to the boys. During the Matchathon, they will be connected with investors and healthcare partners, and they will have a chance to move in the direction of entering the market. “We know a lot of repairs are needed to make the prototype stand out in a hospital environment and meet all health rules. For example, the software side of the product is a priority, as sensitive data is entered into the system using the glasses.”
LINISTRY & MASSVENTIL PROJECT
In the category of solutions that help ensure the continuity of business activities, the Hungarian developers of the Linistry application won a cash prize of 3,000 euros. The app helps enforce distance rules in commerce by supporting online queuing and tracking the number of shoppers in stores.
Within the category, in a sub-challenge, the team of the MassVentil Project, connected to the University of Óbuda, won a special first place, developing a device that works in camp conditions and solves the breathing of several people at the same time.
In addition to the 27 EU Member States, more than 20,000 applicants from the UK, Switzerland, Israel, Turkey, India and the United States have registered for the pan-European hackathon. The winning teams will be invited to join the European Innovation Council platform, which provides access to healthcare providers, foundations, investors and other EU funding opportunities.