Companies, Universities, and NGOs will collaborate in developing and promoting worthy projects
KYIV, UKRAINE, December 15, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Save Ukraine network, an international NGO composed of individuals and groups devoted to both protecting and rebuilding Ukraine during and after the Russian invasion, is initiating a 24 hour online Hackathon to create and refine new technologies to help Ukraine.
According to co-founder John Toomey, the project will bring together businesses, startup incubators, and students from Stanford, Berkeley, Oxford, and Taras Shevchenko National Universit and Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine to develop new technologies and refine existing ones. “We are interested in supporting every kind of tech which will help Ukraine defend itself and rebuild, including Cybersecurity, sustainable building materials, drones, AI, personal security, winter clothing, autonomous vehicles, aviation, and transport.”
Traditionally a hackathon is held during a weekend on a college campus. Students arrive with ideas and inventions, and brainstorm ways to improve them. “That has worked well in starting a lot of successful tech companies” says Save Ukraine’s Soani Gunawan, “but we see no reason why the whole thing can’t be done online, 24 hours a day, so that any entrepreneur or student inventor in the world can participate at any time. Ukraine desperately needs solutions for all kinds of problems, and we seek to bring genius from around the globe together to build and collaborate.”
Participants don’t need to be inventors or startups themselves to participate. They can also promote existing tech products, vote in surveys to determine which technologies are most worthy, assist in crowdfunding campaigns, help in translating, and offer assistance with importing, Customs, and regulatory issues.
“We are open to all ideas” says Toomey. “What’s really necessary is a passion for helping Ukraine recover and rebuild, knowing that what we learn here will undoubtedly be usable for future crises, and for peacetime.”
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The Save Ukraine Network is an international organization of citizens who wish to help Ukraine survive its invasion by foreign occupiers, and to rebuild when the war is over.
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