The Global Hack
What we did?
“Do you still remember the covid crisis from 2020?” It’s a question we all long to hear. For now though, it is still very much a reality.
On the bright side, as is often the case with crises, this one too serves as a catalyst for new ideas and breakthroughs. But with the world in lockdown, it’s difficult to get these ideas out of peoples’ minds and into the world. So the global hackathon was born.
It started here in Estonia when a team of start-up enthusiasts organised a small yet influential fully virtual hackathon in just under 6 hours. It ignited the ambition to help the world come together and create solutions during a time when most people had very little control over what was happening around them. This first ad-hoc event resulted in an abundance of ideas and planted a seed to replicate it on a global scale.
The preparation took a month and involved multiple partners from around the world. Brand Manual, Garage48 and Mooncascade came together to build the website and get the word out. This visionary project took the effort of 19 organising partners, 13 global partners and 22 supporting partners to pull it off. The event hosted separate tracks for a variety of subjects from arts and media to crisis response and mental health. Mentors like IDEO’s Executive Design Director Mitch Sinclair, Udacity CEO Sebastian Thurn and legendary chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov joined the effort to innovate and guide participants under these unprecedented circumstances.