A team of five Targomo engineers has been awarded in the global “Data against Covid-19” hackathon. They came in second place with a geospatial tool to analyze and visualize the capacities of intensive care bed units (ICU) in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Built on Targomo’s Location Intelligence platform, the technology allows authorities and hospital operators to identify risk areas and take action before shortages arise. It can be rolled out across nations and applied to other medical capacity questions as well as different areas, such child care facilities, schools and public transport.
The jury was comprised of high-profile members, including the leaders of top European innovation, investors and technology business networks. During the award ceremony, they highlighted three characteristics of the technology: The clear impact of the solution with an immediate applicability in a real crisis situation; the scalability into many countries where the same urgency can occur; and, furthermore, the potential of a product that can be expanded to other use cases.
The hackathon, which took place May 1-3, was organized by European innovation body EIT Digital. “This is by far not the first DeepHack that we organize, but it was the first fully online DeepHack”, states Chahab Nastar, Chief Innovation Officer of EIT Digital, on their website. “And it was a tremendous success. We received 312 registrations totaling 145 projects. We selected 20 projects for the final event, and we have 3 strong winners. Congratulations to all participating teams for their commitment and the high quality of their proposals.”
An international team of five Targomo engineers took part: Jacopo from Italy, Jan from Germany, André from Brazil, Daniel from the Czech Republic and Hugo from France. “This is a great achievement by our engineers, who developed this tool with a lot of engagement and passion,” says Targomo CEO Patrick Schoenemann. “Leveraging our expertise in location intelligence and artificial intelligence, they’ve demonstrated that our technology can help tackle this pandemic.”
Watch the award-winning video pitch below and see how the tool works.