Germany Fighting Covid-19
Covid-19 constitutes a global challenge, whereby countries keep coming up with innovative solutions that go beyond the pure medical perspective by also addressing societal, economical and infrastructural aspects. This directory presents a selection of German programs and initiatives that were launched to fight the pandemic with regards to all spheres of influence. If you are missing a relevant program or initiate that should be featured here, please write us under info[at]forumdigitaletechnologien.de.
Mandated by BMI
The first of it’s kind chatbot that the federal government has issued for providing reliable information on Covid-19. It collects data from ten different federal agencies in order to support citizens with their questions on the pandemic in a text-based dialogue scenario, so far only in German. C-19 thereby responds to general questions on Covid-19, hygienic measures, correct behaviour when an infection is suspected and current regulations for controlling the spread of the virus. The project is coordinated by the BMI and implemented by the Federal Center for Information Technology (ITZ Bund).
#WirvsVirus - The Hackathon of the German Governmentwirvsvirus.org
Mandated by the Federal Government
From the 20th to the 22nd of March, 28,361 people joined the hackathon of the federal government and thus created over 1,500 solutions in 48 hours. 83 % of the developed ideas are followed up, of which 130 projects were selected for a further programme. Therein, teams received support for testing and the implementation of their solutions. This support included a digital platform, where teams could find expert advice, mentors as well as contact to political decision makers. 1/3 of the projects received funding from the BMBF, amounting to a total funding sum of 1.5 €M. The programme ended on the 01st of October 2020.
Special programme for the vaccine developmentbmbf.de/vaccine-development
Mandated by BMBF
This programme was established by the BMBF in order to spur current vaccine development activities. The main target is the expansion of vaccine development and production capacities in Germany as well as the increase of test persons for the later clinical test stages. Subject of funding is hence clinical vaccine development stage I – III, the extension of manufacturing and filling capabilities and the increase of test persons in Germany. The programme will terminate on the 31st December 2021 the latest and complements the BMBF investment of 230 €M for the international vaccine initiative „Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.CEPI“.
Together against Coronatogether-against-corona.de
Mandated by BMG
Information portal by the Federal Ministry of Health, bundles all relevant information in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two aspects guide the platform: “Getting information” and “Taking action”. One main objective of the page is to provide reliable information on Covid-19 and safety measures. The portal also includes information on state-supported Corona Apps.
National Research Network of University Medicine for Covid-19bmbf.de/national-research-network
Mandated by BMBF
The aim of this initiative is the creation of of a National Task Force Covid-19 as well as the realization of a central infrastructure that concentrates the expertise existing in German universities’ medical departments, in order to strengthen the ties between research and treatment. Such an infrastructure could be a patient-related database that fosters the fast exchange of findings and therewith leads to a more rapid identification of best-practices and a nationwide high quality of treatment.
Mandated by BMBF
In order to support digital classrooms where physical lessons cannot be held, capacities for the HPI school cloud have been expanded. Within the cloud, teachers can share material and pupils can fulfil tasks, individually or as a team.
Mandated by BMBF
At the core of this initiative is the campaign „We stay smart“ that aims to uphold the interest of pupils in MINT subjects, even at home. Thereby, online material is provided that connects the digital and physical world by giving ideas on how to experiment and experience natural science within the restrictions of a home environment.
Innovation contest “AI as driving engine behind economically relevant ecosystems”digital-technologies.de
Mandated by BMWi
The third call for projects specifically adresses models and methods that use data and AI to assess and evaluate economic, societal and health related consequences of the Corona pandemic as well as provide recommendations for actions, which can serve for prevention and/ or crisis management. The overall budget for this third call is 80 Mio. €, budget per project is 10 to 13 Mio. € Projects were accepted until 21st September 2020 and will start from June 2021. The duration of the projects is 36 months.
Mandated by BMZ
With the #SmartDevelopmentHack initiative, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supports innovative digital solutions to overcome the challenges of coronavirus in partner countries. The hackathon is under the patronage of the BMZ together with the EU Commission, other EU member states, tech companies and civil society. Solutions in five focus areas were funded: Work & economy, local innovation, equal opportunities, good governance & human rights and Data4Development.
Mandated by Hochschulforum Digitalisierung / KI-Campus / DAAD
Around 1,000 players took part in the #SemesterHack initiative, the nationwide online hackathon on digital higher education – organised by the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (HFD), the KI Campus and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The aim of the Hackathon was to work out ideas and solutions for the challenges of the digital summer semester within 36 hours. Five projects from around 80 concepts received awards. At the #SemesterHack, interdisciplinary teams, made up of students, teachers, university staff and external interested parties, faced the challenges of shaping study and teaching in the digital summer semester 2020. Participants of the online Hackathon could either submit challenges as sponsors, work on them as hackers or support the teams as mentors.
Initiative Neue Qualität der Arbeitinitiative-new-quality-work.de
Mandated by BMAS
In view of the current challenges facing companies and employees in the Corona pandemic, the New Quality of Work Initiative (INQA), which is supported by the BMAS, is also developing further: With a new website, the initiative wants to provide companies and their employees with guidance. For example, the new INQA focus “Covid-19: Protect employees, design work well” offers practice-oriented knowledge on the topics of “good management in the home office”, “financial aid programmes”, “mental health”, “self-employed and micro-entrepreneurs”.