C O V I D 19


COVID-19 Big Data Observatory Co-Creation Sprint

A Collaboration between ResilientSociety and The World Bank Group

Why Hack4Resilience

The health effects and current breaks in economic activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will cause global recessions and an increasing number of people will return to living in extreme poverty. This calls for a new collaborative approach of creativity, entrepreneurship, research, education, decision making on an international scale.

TheHack4Resilience is a multi-city co-creation platform aimed at building Big Data Applications for the COVID-19 Observatory. Together we will be developing prototypes and technologies for data-driven governance which will help public officials deal with the pandemic and better prepare for a resilient society.

Co-Creation Sprint

The ResilientSociety, together with other partners, organizes ideation and co-creation process in the form of a sprint across 5 cities: Hyderabad (India), Bangkok (Thailand), Bandung (Indonesia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Den Haag/Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

In a period of two weeks a series of events, supporting approximately 15 teams, will be deployed to help each team arrive at a single prototype. We aim to recruit three teams per city teams composed of students and startups and individuals passionate about creating thriving societies.

We offer up to 2500 Euros in financial awards to winning teams and the opportunity to present their work to a relevant audience from public and private organizations.


  • June 02
  • June 16
  • June 18
    Deep Dive

    • June 19
      Tech Workshops
    • June 22
      Prototyping Sprint
    • June 23
      Local Mentoring Sessions

  • June 25
    Final Event

Use Cases and Mentors

The use cases are built around the needs of public officials in relation to the COVID-19 crisis from different phases of the pandemic: response, recovery, and resilience. The aim is to provide government representatives with data and tooling that can support their decision making processes with actionable intelligence.

Below a list of example uses cases/challenges along with the mentors

  • Hyderabad, India
    • Climate resilient agriculture and policy
      Building tools for resilient agriculture management and governance. Read the full challenge here.

    • Nowcasting disease hotspots
      Identify ‘hot’ places for disease spread and rate of transmission in the relaxed zones. Read the full challenge here.

    • Monitoring lockdown compliance by industries
      Evaluating adherence to safety protocols and shift policies mandated by state government in containment as well as relaxed zones. Read the full challenge here.

    • Impact assessment of Corporate Social Responsibility
      Spotting redundancy in spending patterns. Read the full challenge here.


    Shalini Talluri
    Project Manager (eGov)
    ITE&C Department
    Govt. Of Telangana

    Bhubesh Kumar
    Director- Food & Agri
    Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad (RICH)
  • Bangkok, Thailand
    • Rural Reconstruction
      Equipping rural communities with new skills and mindsets for a thriving society. Read the full challenge here.

    • Home-based Education:
      Creating home-based learning resources for parents and neighboring communities. Read the full challenge here.

    • Socially distant transportation
      Addressing new social distancing measures in the transportation sector. Read the full challenge here.

  • Bandung, Indonesia
    • SMEs to the rescue
      Linking COVID-affected SMEs with business consultants. Read the full challenge here.

    • Agritech 4.0 and agri-supply chains
      Mitigating supply-demand imbalance in agri-food systems. Read the full challenge here.

  • More use cases soon to come!

Apply Now

There will be a maximum of 3 teams per city. Apply as a team or as an individual. Teams should have a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 6 people. Looking for developers, artificial intelligence and machine learning experts, GIS and remote sensing data enthusiasts, design thinkers, students, entrepreneurs, for-profit companies, and NGOs.


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