Following the #EUvsVirus Hackathon, the European Commission organised the #EUvsVirus Matchathon on 22-25 May. The goal of the Matchathon was to connect the 120 winning teams from the hackathon with investors, corporates, public authorities (including hospitals), academia, and research institutions. During this event, the winning teams were able to discuss their needs and secure deals with partners, to have their innovative ideas developed and commercialised.
The closing ceremony was held online on 2 June 2020, with the presence of Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.
‘We will look back with great pride at this moment. Two months ago, when Europe and the world were thrown into crisis, this was the moment we came together. When we launched #EUvsVirus, we had the bold idea to bring all Europe’s innovators together to crack the most complex challenges created by coronavirus. […] In just two weeks, we organised the biggest hackathon Europe has ever seen.”
– Mariya Gabriel,
Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
© #EUvsVirus Matchathon, closing ceremony, 2 June 2020
#EUvsVirus Matchathon follow-up
The European Commission, via the European Innovation Council (EIC), offered the #EUvsVirus projects to join the EIC Covid-19 Challenge Platform, a collaborative space launched as a follow-up to the Matchathon. The goal of this platform is to extend the collaborations that started during the EUvsVirus Hackathon and Matchathon, but also to enhance new ones. Private and public partners can set up a COVID-19-related challenge and innovators, companies, researchers can forward their solutions.
The European Chemical Society would like to thank the European Young Chemists’ Network (EYCN) for their active participation during the #EUvsVirus Hackathon & Matchathon.