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European Commission is opening applications for the new “Data 4 Healthy Recovery” pan-European hackathon to look for innovative smart health solutions and support Europe’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, which will take place from 18-20 June is organised by the European Commission in partnership with Garage48 and Civitta, two experienced start-up partner companies from Estonia. 

The applications, which will be open until 15 April 2021, are open to individual and team sign-ups from visionaries, developers, designers, data scientists, marketing specialists, engineers, entrepreneurs and industry experts interested in the project. Participants from across Europe and * countries participating in the Commission’s COSME programme are eligible to apply. The event will take place in hybrid form in Brussels and online. 

Ms Maive Rute, the Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission, said: “The Hackathon is a great way to find innovative and practical solutions to address the COVID crisis that could support the social and economic recovery. At the same time, the hackathon can help to boost the competitiveness of small and bigger businesses in Europe and modernise the value chains that will serve our societies.” 

The hackathon was first announced during the EU Industry Days, which serves as a platform for discussions on how industrial transformation and post-COVID recovery both offer the chance to rethink economic and social models through innovative solutions and tools. The organisers hope that the hackathon with an emphasis on smart health solutions can help European companies and organisations reshape their business models, products and processes and, at the same time, also create new business opportunities.

The hackathon organising team is in the process of mapping out the most relevant and pressing challenges for the European industry in the field of smart health and fine-tuning them together with industry experts. The organisers hope to get the best data sets available so that the hackathon participants can submit the solutions that match those.

Registration is open now: 


The Data 4 Healthy Recovery hackathon is a European Commission initiative funded under the COSME programme, the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. 

* These include Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Turkey…