This story was initially published in the Ecuadorian media Ojo al Dato and later republished and edited by Global Voices. This is the link to the original story.
Ecuador evaluates returning to new normal, the new normal after months of confinement due to COVID-19, but with new ideas thanks to a Hackathon that took place on April 29 and 30, completely online.
Ecuador suffered COVID-19 with 3,642 people killed according to official statistics, although the actual figures are thought to be much higher.
MediaLab (Ciespal), GIZ (German cooperation), the Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Knowledge, Software and Free Hardware Research Network organized the Post-Crisis Hackathon. The web reads: The world will not be the same, the blow has been unexpected and its consequences we can hardly appreciate. How to think outside the mold facing the world to come?
This Hackathon was a completely civil initiative and that of some NGOs that are interested in working on issues of citizen participation, said Third Parties. He added: “I think that at some point the state was interested in supporting (the Hackathon) but it was at the last moment, when it was developing. They only presented a letter of intent, but it was at the end when it was already very difficult to enter. ”
116 projects were registered, although only 52 submitted complete proposals. This was explained by Iván Terceros, activist, sociologist and member of MediaLab, one of the coordinating organizations of the Post-Crisis Hackathon, to Ojo al Dato. “In addition, there were 33 partner organizations that evaluated the 52 projects,” he added.
From the total of 52 projects, 19 finalists were chosen. Details about these projects were published in the Web of the Hackathon. Later, a popular voting phase was opened. “We have communicated to the teams to enter the projects and ask their friends, the people, to vote (for their project),” says Terceros. This popular voting process concluded on May 28.
Later, on May 30, the final results were given in a live YouTube broadcast. When it comes to voting, the WiyaPoint and ChasquiCheck projects garnered the most public preference.
For getting more votes, WiyaPoint You will receive support from the Green Crowds crowdfunding in platform registration, campaign launch, social media advertising and mailing. A support that amounts to an average of $ 1,000. You will receive a similar value ChasquiCheck, but by the Ecuadorian risk management professionals association.
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The WiyaPoint project consists of a mobile application that seeks to reward the user every time they make a purchase and do not use a plastic case, while ChasquiCheck aims to set up a virtual platform for verification, identification and classification of information to combat false news.
Others 14 projects they received some form of incentive from the jury. This is the case of the project on self-sustaining orchards in response to a possible food shortage due to the pandemic. Both the Faro Group and the La Libertad Incubator will offer technical advice valued at $ 1,000. The Todos Cerca project, for its part, will receive a fund of $ 3,000 from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the La Libertad Incubator, together with the economic promotion agency Conquito, will provide accompaniment, advice and mentoring.
All Closer is a virtual platform that connects small and medium-sized businesses to help them revive their economy, offering their products to users who are within short kilometers of their location. The initiative already has agreements with Chambers of Commerce in parts of Ecuador, such as Zamora, Loja, Cuenca, among others. The purpose is to avoid crowds that may be the cause of an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections.
The Hackathon is one of the dozens of initiatives carried out in the world to deal with post-confinement. In the case of Ecuador, Third Parties explained that MediaLab will be linked to the projects that have been completed so that they can be incubated and developed throughout the year. He concluded: “This has been a very big experiment for us.”