List of hackathons and price offering for solving different COVID-19 problem space

  • The world is going through a tough time, COVID-19 has struck every nation badly. Various Government and Non-Government bodies are calling for the collaborations of makers and the public to put their skills to use during the time of isolation for solving different COVID-19 problem space.
    This post contains 12 such calls:

    • 1) Technology Development Board
      27th March 2020
      The Technology Development Board invites proposal applications from Indian companies and enterprises to address protection and home-based respiratory intervention for COVID-19 patients.
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    • 2) Ministry of Electronics and IT, MeitY, MeitY Startup Hub (MSH) (Govt of India), FICCIFLO Pune, APJ Abdul Kalam Centre, Science and Technology Park, Pune (Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt of India initiative), Garage48, Accelerate Estonia, Robotex International
      25th March 2020
      Think of all the problems that arise from the Covid-19 crisis. Which one do you want to help solve? What would be a good solution for that specific problem, and how do you plan to solve it during the hackathon?
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    • 3) AngelList
      The Indian arm of AngelList β€” US-based online platform for startups, angel investors and job seekers looking to work at or with a startup β€” has committed to invest INR 50 Lakh into the startups that are working on possible solutions for Covid-19 or coronavirus.
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    • 4) LifeArc
      6th April 2020
      LifeArc has made available an initial Β£10M for the identification of therapeutics that can be rapidly deployed to treat COVID-19. The aim is to run trials in patients during the current epidemic. It is anticipated that applications will be for funding to repurpose one or more drugs that are generic, already licensed, or are in late-stage development for another indication.
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    • 5) Paytm
      Paytm is committing Rs. 5 Crore to help all innovators and companies working on indigenous solutions to tackle the potential shortage of clinical ventilators and other critical medical equipment. Being a company which has always cherished innovations that help in bettering the lives of millions of Indians, we want to extend our help to all innovators who are working tirelessly day and night innovating solutions that can potentially save millions of lives in the weeks ahead.
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    • 6) Wingify
      Join 1000+ other people from India's tech, business and healthcare community and build projects to help minimize COVID-19's impact on India
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    • 7) DoIT & e-Gov, Government of Jharkhand
      25th March 2020
      COVIDTHON 2020 is an online hackathon in public interest with special focus on containment of Coronavirus (COVID-19) with intent to develop following 3 interlinked components:

    1. A quarantine management app (QMA) for citizens at risk identified by the administration,
    2. An effort management app/web portal for administration (state, district, sub-district and medical officer levels) and
    3. A general citizen app for risk assessment, reporting of cases and crowdsourcing of data.
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    • 😎 Forge
      27 & 28 March 2020
      Forge as the partner incubator for this national-level ideathon has organised the program in partnership with MHRD Innovation cell, AICTE and InnovCurious to support the most impactful ideas to fight COVID-19 challenge by Student Innovators, Educators, Researchers, Professionals & Startups, etc.
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    • 9) Department of Biotechnology
      30th March 2020
      To support the preparedness, readiness and response for COVID-19, project proposals are being solicited for Developing diagnostics, Vaccines, Novel Therapeutics, Repurposing of Drugs or any other intervention for control of COVID-19 by ndustry/Academia/ Industry-Academiaparticipation Research_Consortium.pdf

    • 10) SERB
      30th March 2020
      Thus, there is an urgent need to ramp up national R&D efforts for new antivirals, vaccines, and affordable diagnostics. With this background, SERB announces a special IRHPA Call (3-year duration) specifically designed for COVID-19 and related respiratory viral infections.

    • 11) MyGov
      31st March 2020
      Government of India is taking all necessary steps to ensure that we are prepared well to face the challenge and threat posed by the growing pandemic of COVID 19 –the Corona Virus. With the active support of the people of India, we have been able to contain the spread of the virus in our country. The most important factor in preventing the spread of the Virus locally is to empower the citizens with the right information and taking precautions as per the advisories being issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Further, we are also getting inputs with regard to individuals and companies who have developed technologies and innovative solutions, Bioinformatics, datasets, Apps for diagnosis etc that can be leveraged for strengthening the fight against Corona.
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    • 12) Omidyar Network
      Omidyar Network India today announced a call for proposals for rapid response funding to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 situation and the consequent socio-economic impact. We are committing Rs. 7.5 crore ($1 million) to this initiative.
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  • Break Corona


    Idea & Product Solution

    When the adverse CoronaVirus is taking lives from various parts of the Globe, Kerala Startup Mission on behalf of Government of Kerala is calling for innovative ideas and solutions to defend and hunt down the Global Pandemic from the Avengers around us.

    Apply here

  • Startup India - Challange


    The Challenge is open to all the Startups, Companies, Innovators etc. whose innovation can plug the gap between the demand and supply of essential medical items to fight the Covid-19 outbreak as well as an innovative tech for applications such as motion tracking, geofencing, fake news detection, etc.

    Powered by Startup India

    Apply before Wednesday, 15th April

    Submit Solutions to combat Covid19 here -

  • Calling All Innovators - IgniteX Accelerator


    Do you have a solution that can reduce the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, but need help commercializing and rapidly deploying? The Black & Veatch COVID-19 Response Accelerator is designed for growing companies looking to scale emerging solutions to save lives, help communities cope, and protect the economy.

    Apply here

  • Hack Quarantine

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    Hack Quarantine is a 3 week global, digital hackathon that aims to raise awareness and build solutions for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Powered by GitHub & Hackathons UK

    March 23rd to April 12th

    For more details visit



    Mozilla is announcing today the creation of a COVID-19 Solutions Fund as part of the Mozilla Open Source Support Program (MOSS). Through this fund, they will provide awards of up to $50,000 each to open source technology projects which are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in some way.

    As part of the COVID-19 Solutions Fund, they will accept applications that are hardware (e.g., an open source ventilator), software (e.g., a platform that connects hospitals with people who have 3D printers who can print parts for that open source ventilator), as well as software that solves for secondary effects of COVID-19 (e.g., a browser plugin that combats COVID related misinformation).

    Apply here

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