About the Challenge &
Why you should join

The Youth Empowerment Project & HackWeakEnd presents The HackCovid19 Challenge, an EU Funded Virtual Hackathon to create solutions that will drive social impact, with the aim of tackling challenges related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Amidst the growing uncertainty and tension caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, it is evident that every parts of our lives are affected. The HackCovid Challenge was rolled to create an online space where people can ideate, experiment and build solutions to help address this crisis.
So what is the reward for participating in this virtual hackathon?

  • The real reward is driving meaningful social impact for the COVID-19 response in the Gambia and possibly across the world.
  • The Top 3 Winning Teams get intensive business coaching (with YEP’s worldclass Consultants) and will stand a chance to be eligible for funding of up to $3,000.
  • The Top 3 Winning Teams get 1 Year Free Licence to any of JETBRAINS Worldclass Desktop tools(includes 10 IDEs, 2 profilers, and 3 extensions)
  • Linkages with YEP's partners in the winners’ challenge.

Thematic Focus Areas

The focus areas and themes are just as a point of guidance as these are seen as very essential at this time. You are welcome to build with the technologies of your choice, across any areas that you think would drive impact for these issues, so feel free to think outside the box, in fact why a box have in the first place! Projects can focus On Dissemination & Prevention, Hospital & Medical Care, Education, Economic Impact, Support & Solidarity, Trustable Data & Fake News, After The Crisis & Recovery, Home office & team work. More thorough focus are outlined below:

1. Healthcare

Solutions focusing on preventative/hygiene behaviors which can support frontline health workers, scaling telemedicine, contact tracing/containment strategies, treatment and diagnosis development.

2. Business

Solutions focusing on business continuity that will help organizations stay afloat, collaborate effectively, and move parts of their business online.

3. Community

Solutions focusing on promoting connection to family,friends and neighbors to combat social isolation and the digitizing of public services for governments.

4. Education

Solutions focusing on moving physical classrooms online as an alternative learning environment and tools for students, teachers, and entire school systems to be able to continue studies and operations online.

5. Entertainment

Solutions focusing on turning traditional entertainment as an alternative to traditional forms of entertainment that can keep the talent and audiences safe and healthy.

6. Others

The above themes are just suggestions. Feel empowered to come up with your own compelling solutions to focus areas you deem fit and not mentioned, get creative!

Who Can Participate ?

The HackCovid challenge is open to all Residents Of The Gambia and Gambians Across The World techie and non-techie alike.
It is mandatory that solutions developed be deployed in The Gambia and address Gambia's problems.

We welcome not only tech based solutions but non-tech solutions too, but we will require non-tech based solutions to have a tech face to it. You do not need to worry to much, as you can join with a techie or you can also be linked to a techie if your idea is chosen.

Challenge Requirements

[Please note that, Production-ready projects will not be favored over proof-of-concepts. The judges will focus on submissions that have the strongest potential impact on the challenges caused by COVID-19. ]

  • Production-ready solution for immediate impact: These will be projects that are ready to hit the ground running in communities around the world.
  • Ship an awesome proof-of-concept with lots of potential: These will be conceptual projects with bucket-loads of promise.


Since this is about impact, the 3days of the hackathon will require dedication of time from you and your team.

  • The hackathon shall be 100% online and tackle issues related to the Impact of Covid-19 in The Gambia using Technology
  • Teams can be a maximum of 4, able to work remotely and share resources
  • Work should be pushed to Github, and commits should be done with comments as many times within the hackathon period.
  • Heroku or other PAAS or CAP(cloud application platform) can be used to push solutions

Project Submission.
What we require from you

It is very necessary to follow the guidelines for submission of your project, anything contrary might not give the judges enough standpoint to grade your project well enough.

  • A live link to the Project hosted online via a Cloud Aplication Platform or PAAS like Heroku
  • A link to your code, hosted on GitHub or other code repository and ensure the link is available for judges and other people to view.
  • Create a two-minute video walk-through of your solution and upload to YouTube or Vimeo, and include the link as part of your submission

Judging Criteria

What judges will be looking out for.

  • Potential Impact: Will the project be able to reach a point of completion from a technical perspective, and does it have the potential for positive impact amidst the current pandemic?
  • Technical Feasibility: Is technology being implemented appropriately to solve the problem at hand? Looking at the technology implementation, is it possible to accomplish this project in order to help solve challenges relating to COVID-19 with urgency and impact?.
  • Functionality and Meaningfulness: Is the project purposefully solving a real problem? Is the project submitted going to have meaningful impact once fully completed?

Challenge Timeline


  • Registrations
  • Screening/Selection of Ideas
  • Virtual Opening / Onboarding of teams
  • Virtual Hackathon
  • Evaluation of Projects
  • Announcement of Winners / Closing


  • 28th April 2020
  • 5th May 2020
  • 9th May 2020

  • 9th May 2020
  • 12th May 2020
  • 15th May 2020


  • 5th May 2020
  • 8th May 2020
  • 9th May 2020

  • 11th May 2020
  • 14th May 2020
  • 15th May 2020

Register for The HackCovid Challenge

We appreciate the time you have spent here thus far. Please use the form below to register. We expect some form of commitment to make this challenge a success, please look at the event schedule and be sure it works well for you. SLACK,ZOOM & GITHUB are the major platforms we will be using for this Challenge. Incase the embedded form does not show up or slow to show up, please use the link below

The HackCovid Challenege is organized and supported by: