Act to Connect: Civic Tech contest to generate e-solutions in response to COVID-19

21-01-2021
Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

The 3D Project (Development Despite Disruption: Resilient civil society in a time of COVID-19 and beyond) in Ukraine has launched an acceleration programme, ‘Act to Connect’ for innovative digital products to make communication between the state and citizens more comfortable and help to engage them in resolving issues at local or national level.

The contest aims to bring together the civic and socially responsible IT sector to develop digital products that will help civil society respond effectively to the challenges of the pandemic.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2021 and the prize fund for the competition amounts to 5 million hrivnia. The best projects will be invited to participate in an online hackathon. 

"The European Union supports the creation of civil society-driven, innovative and sustainable e-solutions in response to public concerns. We believe that pandemic lockdown conditions also offer opportunities to digitalise civil society work and come up with creative solutions to work together despite disruptions," said Sinziana Poiana, Programme Officer for Civil Society Support in the EU Delegation to Ukraine.

The 3D Project invites teams of public activists, small and medium-sized business representatives, representatives of state and municipal enterprises, local governments and charitable organisations, non-governmental organisations, initiative groups, developers, engineers, and students to take part in the competition.

The jury will assess the level of team competence and the ability to implement an idea and develop it throughout the life cycle.

The 3D Project (Development Despite Disruption: Resilient civil society in a time of COVID-19 and beyond) is an EU-funded project implemented by the East Europe Foundation, supporting the empowerment of Ukrainian civil society to confront the effects of COVID-19. The project lasts from October 2020 to April 2022.

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3D Project (Development Despite Disruption: Resilient civil society in a time of COVID-19 and beyond)