Hack COVID-19 and Reshape Societies! (1st Edition 2020-I)

Hack COVID-19 and Reshape Societies!

The impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus is being felt across the globe. This unfolding situation is affecting not only the health of individuals, but also the operation of organisations across many sectors, cohesion of communities, serious financial disruption, and many knock-on implications yet to manifest.

It is a serious and frightening time, and we are seeing a wide range of responses to the threat, showcasing the best and worst of humanity.

It is a worldwide fight, on one side, to limit the negative loss of our communities, but is also an occasion to reshape our Societies, to figure out a different way of leaving together finally in harmony with Nature. 

 At Y4PT, we are committed to fight this worldwide battle all together!


Dear friends, supporter, investors, and creative people!! We are launching the initiative to help the world fight the #virus and Reshape our Human Societies for the good! The symbol you see below, the #Carrick knot, is representing our ties, and our will to reunite communities through our strong #Y4PT network, made of volunteers all over the world! Please share at the maximum with all your communities! We have to spot that rare pearls that can help all of us!


  • Through a fully remote, agile, global contest designing immediately deployable solutions to the unfolding situation.
  • Remote: Not as a compromise but deliberately utilising, training in and exploring the best aspects of remote collaboration. Transforming every disadvantage into an opportunity to learn, grow, connect, solve and inspire.
  • Lead by: our experienced, global  Y4PT Team contributing support and action across different time zones.
  • Participants: any individual can participate,, collaborating to develop & deploy fast new responses to worldwide events in real time.
  • The Timeframe: 1 week lead-up; 4 x 24 hour focussed development blocks iterating from idea to trial deployment; 1 week follow up. (see below for more details; you’ll be contacted after you register!)


  • Mobility and Transport during a force majeure health event
  • Logistics and Freight Transport in lockdown cities
  • Social collaboration to support local communities (e.g. focus on public transport asa collaborative industry)
  • Maintaining Productivity
  • Health (production of respirators, protection masks, protection shelters, future creation of stocks, equipments for hospitals, action on testing population to restart working activities, nutrition plans on long term basis, educating and teaching population how to reinforce their immune system, etc)
  • Emergency action (e.g. through special transport, information of entreprises, etc)
  • Community activities (solidarity initiatives, teaching the use of technologies for elderlies, sharing info platform, reinvent jobs, etc)

But any other concrete idea IN ANY FIELD is welcome!


Participants will generate ideas we have not dreamed of, but here a few simple practical ones, if you haven’t any!

  • App coordinating provision of essential supplies to vulnerable community members in times of panic-buying.
  • Communal ‘check-in’ app for those without a strong support network.
  • Co-ordinated pick-up and delivery for vulnerable people self-isolated without the ability to shop.
  • Backend logistics temporary use of busses for delivery of essentials.
  • Backend logistics for fast responsive changes to cleaning schedules of assets.
  • Crowdsourcing activity from people stuck at home – eg games that help with medical research.
  • Organising distribution of people in train coaches to maintain distance between people.


The focus of the contest will be collaborative, to make a huge joint effort to help Humanity on its whole.

Contacts with Companies, Countries, Region, Cities  and Industries will be facilitated in order to put into practice the prototypes and projects

Nevertheless, there is a Final Prize: the participation in the next 2021 Y4PT International Hack event in Melbourne, Australia for the best 3 projects , with one person per team.


  • Solutions created have the potential to save lives, benefit the economy, generate income, improve situation management, and prevent similar problems in future. Small, timely, achievable actions now can have a uniquely powerful impact.
  • Be the first to break new grounds! 
  • Combating fear and stress – a feeling of powerlessness contributes to fear and stress. Participating in a global event seeking proactive ways to help feeds a strong sense of purpose. Not just a distraction, but really making a change.
  • Maintaining the benefits of a strong community while physically isolated 
  • Serving the global community at a time of great crisis.
  • A fast, remote response now turns the problem of large numbers of people isolated and out of their normal routines into a tremendous resource.


Register at: https://forms.gle/eqgt5jgeR4T5s5i56

Participants can be Individuals of any age, Groups or Teams of people, Youth of any age,  Young Professionals, Start-Ups, Robotics Experts, Tech individuals, Companies, who will demonstrate their commitment, creativity, or enthusiasm for sustainability in their application.

There are so many ways to participate and make a difference so show us how YOU are a champion for fighting against the COVID-19 Pandemic! 

Submissions will be reviewed by Y4PT and assessed relative to its creativity, value and potential for  immediate or fast sustainability and replication.


The event previews a first phase of subscription from the 2nd of April 2020 till the 12th of April 2020.  THANK YOU FOR BEING SO NUMEROUS, WE ARE EXAMINING YOUR PROJECTS!

From the 13th of April till the 19th of April a selection of the possible participants to the Mentoring event will be made by Y4PT.

From the 20th of April till the 26th of April, tailor made encounters with Y4PT Mentors will take place to merge people together,  discuss, implement, redirect and narrow the ideas, prototypes and skills of participants. 

Winners will be announced in June 2020 and entitled to participate to the Y4PT International Hack 2021 that will take place in Melbourne, Australia, during the Public Transport Summit. 


You were not able to submit during the first round? No worries!

A second phase of subscription is taking place from the 15th of April 2020 till the 30th of April 2020.  Here is the link to register!  https://forms.gle/eqgt5jgeR4T5s5i56 


From the 1st of May till the 29th of May 2020, a selection of the possible participants to the Mentoring event will be made by Y4PT.

From the 11th of May till the 17th of May, tailor made encounters with Y4PT Mentors will take place to merge people together,  discuss, implement, redirect and narrow the ideas, prototypes and skills of participants. 

Winners will be announced  in June 2020 and entitled to participate to the Y4PT International Hack 2021 that will take place in Melbourne, Australia, during the Public Transport Summit.


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Y4PT Hack #Covid19 & Reshape Societies responding to the pandemic with commitment & ingenuity!

🌏 140+ global participants
🌏 12 Global Mentors
🌎 15 Finalist Teams
🌍 11 international expert judges
🌎 5 winning projects!

Worldwide innovation, functional prototypes, active trials!

Please join us in congratulating our winning teams:

🥇 1st Prize Winners BiciColab
“BiciColab”- a collaboratively sourced bicycling map that supports newcomers to get on their bike & become daily users. [Juan D. Reyes, Thomas van Laake, Yohnny Raich, Ariadne Baskin] #Colombia #Greece #Netherlands #South Africa #UK #USA

🥈 2nd Prize Winners TRAILme & MOTE

“TRAILme” – A low-cost, reachable contactless delivery system integrating both small producers and supermarkets. [Darío Alejandro, Micaela Palacios Jima] #Ecuador

“MOTE”. Transforming underused public transport assets into supermarkets on wheels. [Lizeth Fernanda Benavides Benavides, Amparo Massiel Gómez Cárdenas, Karen Gabriela García Córdova] #Ecuador

🥉 3rd Prize Winners AIMS
“AIMS”. App to reduce time spent monitoring patients, protecting medical professionals & providing access to resources for effective crisis decision-making. [Steven Fabian Garay, Maria Jose Segura, Nixon Andres Meneses, Alba Serrano Munoz, Nelly Blaise] #Colombia #Ecuador #Spain #St Maarten

🏅 Special Mention Grow To Give
“Grow to Give”. Reducing the burden on the food supply chain by encouraging growing of fast-yielding crops to support food banks catering for people with disabilities.
[Folake Edun, Disun Vera-Cruz, Dr Tomiwa Erinosho] #Nigeria

Representatives of the top teams will attend our 2021 Global #hackathon, Melbourne #Australia 🇦🇺!

#Y4PThackathon #NewNormal #StayHome #Covid19 #NewNormal #crisis #innovation


Join our virtual fair and meet the projects created after Hack COVID-19 and Reshape Societies!.

A networking platform

We now decided to generate a virtual fair, a networking platform meetings, to present our projects, discuss the opportunities and facilitate introductions between organisations and Teams. We have 🌎 5 winning projects to present you, e-buyers and company innovators around the world : worldwide innovation, functional prototypes and active trials, to suggest you new ways to open new markets and fostering integration.

Know the young minds behind the ideas, they will make a difference to your activities, now and in the future.

All the projects we will present you, despite virtuality, were created by young people from all over the world, open to come out with ideas, collaborating one each other, and integrating the perspective of their home countries into a global problem-solving process, to create scalable solutions, as we are all facing a more palpable, common issue, impacting us at this right moment, the current COVID-19 pandemic.

We will go through an Opening intro and Team’s project presentations. You will be able then to access virtual private rooms for each of you to dialogue with the interested teams. Get inspired, learn, start, build, grow or enhance your businesses, your solutions, have an impact on the world post Covid19 connect privately with the winning teams of our virtual hack “Hack Covid19 – Reshape Societies”.

In one-year time, all these Projects will be presented in Melbourne, during the UITP Global Summit and may be with your support, will reach an advanced level of progress to show the world how far young people are capable to go and reshape societies.


Date: Thursday, 25 June 2020

Time: 04:00 p.m. – 06:00 p.m. (GMT+2, Belgium/Brussels local time zone)

Place: Online (Download Zoom App: http://www.zoom.com/)

Registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/109818734792/

  • 04:00 p.m.: Online event starts
  • 04:05 p.m.: Opening remarks
  • 04:25 p.m.: Pitching, and questions and answers sessions
  • 05:55 p.m.: Closing remarks
  • 06:00 p.m.: Online event ends


For over 15 years, Y4PT has been bringing together young minds and industry experts in hacks and other events worldwide to collaborate in investigating and solving problems that face us all. We have a growing community of over 40 countries, and double that number of Y4PT Young Ambassadors. Each year we have generated 30/40 local Labs and Hacks, with more than 3 projects per event developed by local Authorities and stakeholders. Yearly global hacks since 2017, each with over 60 participants, have exponentially augmented the perspectives of these projects and collaborations.

To date, we have reached more than 10,000 young people – a proactive, creative, talented and committed worldwide community.


You can contribute to this initiative by donating online (https://www.gofundme.com/f/hack-coronareshape-societies). The Funds will be used to generate and follow up this remote worldwide event through a platform, webinars and remote mentoring, with the selected projects or skilled people in order to generate or implement ideas and prototypes for the world crisis we are living.



For further information, contact:

Mrs. Alessandra GORINICo-Founder and Executive Director, Y4PT Foundationalessandra.gorini@uitp.org