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COVID-19 online hackathon

A national level 48 hour online ideation hackathon to discover solutions that can help the nation rise as one in the fight against Corona

Case study


InnovatioCuris Foundation of Healthcare & Excellence (ICFHE), under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development Innovation Cell, All India Council for Technical Education and FORGE Accelerator, hosted a national level 48 hour virtual/online ideation hackathon to discover ideas from thousands of innovators, researchers, scientists, and educators from across India joined hands as a true community during these uncertain and challenging times to discover solutions that can help the nation rise as one in the fight against COVID-19.

Various Indian state governments and like minded people from across the globe reached out to us to join hands in #indiahackscorona .

Challenge & Awareness video playlists

Mentor Dynamics

Mentors are the soul of any such program. People genuinely wanted to help, and if you can map their expertise efficiently they can be utilised better by the participating teams. Also, for mentors to stay online without being utilised is not good.

Mentor Dynamics - IDEAthon hosted by ICFHE

Many of the teams we observed wanted to stay with the same mentors as they moved along with the various phases. Most of the mentors were available throughout nights to help the teams.

Jury Dynamics

Cyber is a great equalizer, for our startup track we had jury members from 4 different time zones. India, Singapore, Netherlands and USA (East Coast). You can make your event international without any extra effort.

Especially COVID-19 is a global crisis, it is an opportunity to build bridges for innovative solutions by bringing international perspective to your work. Maybe, the startup / team you helped through the event might get global assignments.

Social Media Posts Generated from Community Content

In the world full of fake news. How do you do outreach for a cause? As you need to recruit more supporters and make the outcomes more visible. Putting together the community content into a meaningful shape (like short videos) is a method that can take you a long way.

The following is a selfie collage post of the filtered participants who burnt the midnight oil to try and find solutions to fight COVID-19

Social media selfie collage campaign of particippants (1)
2. Social media selfie collage campaign of particippants (1)

Also, see examples of two videos below created by our team.


HackforCrisis ideathon partner - AICTE

A council for technical education, under Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development

Ministry of Human Resource Development Innovation cell setup by the Government of India.

HackforCrisis ideathon partner - Ministry of Electronics and Informatoon Technology - Government of India

To promote e-Governance for empowering citizens, promoting the inclusive and sustainable growth of the Electronics, IT and ITeS industries, enhancing India’s role in Internet Governance, enhancing efficiency through digital services.

HackforCrisis ideathon partner - Department of Science and Technology - Government of India

The Department of Science and Technology is a department within the Ministry of Science and Technology in India.

Forge empowers Government, Industry, and Academia to exploit strategic opportunities through Innovation powered by Digital, AI, and Robotics.

HackforCrisis ideathon partner - MEITY Startup Hub

MeitY Startup Hub acts as a national coordination, facilitation and monitoring centre that integrates all the incubation centres, start-ups and innovation related activities of MeitY.

HackforCrisis ideathon partner - Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services is a subsidiary of Amazon that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs to individuals, companies, and governments.

HackforCrisis ideathon partner - Nidhi Prayas by DST India

National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations is an umbrella programme conceived and developed by the Innovation & Entrepreneurship division, DST, Government of India, for nurturing ideas and innovations into successful startups.

HackforCrisis ideathon partner - Guaana

Guaana is a technology platform built to engage the brightest minds by running online hackathons & innovation challenges.

HackforCrisis ideathon partner - United Nations Technology Innovation Labs

The UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) are designed to move humanity forward, faster by focusing on the use of innovative technology to solve some of humanity’s most pressing needs.

Gujarat Student Startup and Innovation Hub

A global entrepreneurship platform supporting impact-driven startups and intrapreneurs from idea to scale-up.

HackforCrisis ideathon partner - Research and Innovation Center Hyderabad

An initiative conceived to unlock the national treasure created by the top scientific research institutions in Telangana State.

HackforCrisis ideathon partner - CIIE from IIM Ahmedabad

An Innovation Continuum which spreads incubation, acceleration, seed & growth funding, and research. A part of IIM Ahmedabad.

A custom automation AI organisation to gather, read and understand text from anywhere.

HackforCrisis ideathon partner - TIE Chennai

TiE Chennai seeks to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship both within the city as well as the larger state of Tamil Nadu.

HackforCrisis ideathon partner - TIE Coimbatore

Aims at supporting entrepreneurs in Coimbatore region to become global leaders and nurturing an innovative entrepreneurial eco-system in the region.

HackforCrisis ideathon partner - CAHO

A common platform facilitating communication amongst the accredited HCOs, share best practices, and provide benchmarking, while promoting and continuously improving the quality and safety of healthcare services provided by the HCOs across India, in collaboration with all stakeholders.

HackforCrisis ideathon partner - SPI EDGE

A Think Tank with the ideology of Ventures through Experiments

HackforCrisis ideathon partner - iMorph

Maker of tools for Information and Intelligence.


Congratulations to team Forge and InnovatioCurious on successfully completing this onlineIDEAthon. Great efforts of getting all connected and giving opportunity to shape ideas. Had awonderful experience mentoring teams and guiding them. Thank you once again. The finalwinner is Team forged, IC, all participants, Mentors and everyone who directly or indirectly triedto shape ideas in IDEAthon to fight corona with technology.

Dr Irfan LandgeM H Saboo Siddik College of Engineering, India

Forge & IC teams, we sincerely appreciate you for taking an initiative in organizing IDEAthon to bring out Innovative and effective solutions to combat COVID-19. This Innovation Pitch was a much-needed one to bring out the best MUP's so as to tackle the current COVID-19 crisis. We thank you for providing us an opportunity to be part of this most valuable IDEAthon in assessing and mentoring the teams...Hopefully, this IDEAthon can result in best MUP's & Solutions to overcome the current crisis.

Murali Krishna KalivemulaTechnical Lead / Software Project Coordinator

It is a huge crowd and immense responses ...u guys are managing it well

Sujith RSRM Medical College Hospital and ResearchCenter, SRM IDT, India

Congratulations to all the teams, mentors and not to forget - the organizing teams; you pulled out a great initiative and took it to the logical conclusion - Great!A loud shout to the Organizing Team - It's not easy to get all this planned, coordinated and executed flawlessly - Hats off!

Atul BengeriDirector of AcumenToday, India

To Forge and IC - You guys pulled it off! A first-of-its-kind 100% Digital Ideathon. Hats off to thewhole team. You brought so many Indians together to synergize on a country-wide problem. The commitment, the program structure, crisis management was commendable! Cheers to everyone from your team who worked behind the scenes too!

Arjun RamakrishnanAsst. Manager - Innovation National Life and General Insurance Company SAOG, Oman

It was truly a great experience with amazing passion by all teams, great ideas and solid plan submissions in a short time. Thanks to all organizers for pulling this mammoth effort off. The ideas should significantly increase India's preparedness to tackle the escalating Covid-19 crisis.

Arvind SethuAdvisor of Re-Hub, Singapore

This is an amazing format guys... Thank you for working so hard! I hope communities benefit from our work and sleepless nights!

Dr Ruchi SaxenaFounder of Caerobotics Healthcare Solutions,India

All the teams have put in a lot of crazy hard work! Congratulations team Forge and IC to get the best out of the applicants!

Sayantan MukherjeeInnovation CoachSayantan Mukherjee Inc., India