Hack the Crisis Albania announced the winners on Sunday after 48 hours long marathon where 200 participants with the help of 40 mentors and the support of 30 institutional partners in Albania, Kosovo and Europe joined efforts to find solutions for crisis of COVID-19.

The jury of Hack the Crisis Albania selected BTC, Iris and Shkolla.Online between the top 10 finalists as the best ideas and together will share the prize of 9,000 euros in addition to other rewards in services designed to help them further develop and grow their idea.

An international event organized in the form of a hackathon, Hack the Crisis was brought to Albania by EU for Innovation, Coolab, Crazy Town and Garage48 with the support of ICTSmedia and its networks of Uplift, ICTSlab and PCWorld.al.

It was a unique event since everything took place online by using collaboration and video technologies, services and applications like Zoom and Slack.

It began on Friday afternoon at 18:00 and continue further in the weekend. Participating teams had the opportunity to share and develop their idea with the assistance of more than 40 mentors. EU Ambassador in Albania Mr. Luigi Soreca and State Minister for the Protection of Entrepreneurship Mr. Eduard Shalsi joined Hack the Crisis Albania offering their support.

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Pjesëmarrësit kanë zhvilluar ide shumica prej të cilave janë shëndrruar në prototip gjatë 48 orëve dhe që ti vijnë në ndihmë krizës së COVID-19.Tre ekipet më të mira do të marrin si çmim një shumë parash ndërsa do të ofrohen nga organizatorët edhe çmime të tjera në shërbime në mënyrë që fituesit të kenë mundësi të zhvillojnë më tej idenë e tyre dhe ta vënë në funksion sa më parë të jetë e mundur.#HacktheCrisisAlbania

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The winners were announced online during a presentation led by Toni Pienonen and Mikko Korpela. The jury of Hack the Crisis Albania consisted of Sara Usinger from EU for Innovation; Toni Pienonen from Crazy Town; Florensa Haxhi from Albanian Prime-minister’s Office, Bora Muzhaqi adviser for State Minister for the Protection of Entrepreneurship and Arjan Ymeri from Oficina.

BTC project was a Delivery Donation App. When this app was created, the team of Lisian Roseni, Arsen Mema, Anis Slimani and Dionisa Margjini was thinking to built an app not only for COVID-19 situation but to serve as a platform where people can help those in need. This team had noticed the lack of

donation apps. BTC invited all delivery companies, markets and shops to joined their forces with the mission to donate for poor people. Food delivery, supermarkets, bookstores, pharmacies and other business can join this effort. Donations can be made through the app in four categories: money, food, books and groceries.

Iris was the project developed by Oficina Hacker Team consisting of Mario Alla, Hysen Ndregjoni and Rei Arifi to tell the Albanian people that communicating with a therapist doesn’t makes you mad. The team thinks that in time of crises people face difficulties in their life and mind. A high number of people suffer from depression and are in need of a therapist. Iris wants to connect people with a therapist in an anonymous way. For the moment tha platform is accessible from Facebook social network.

Shkolla.Online is what we, children, parents and students are mostly in need during COVID-19 crisis. Since schools are closed, there is online content but for students it is difficult to choose the right one and the teacher in the other side have to adapt with new tools instead of concentrating their efforts on teachings.

Shkolla.Online is a platform developed by Albi Cungu, Bajram Cokaj and Daren Tuzi which serves content in an easy way for students. On the other side the only thing teacher have to do is register and upload a lesson and the platform takes care of the rest. But this platform was not created only for COVID-19 and the team thought about its sustainability. Teachers can earn money as an incentive to offer their lesson for free and to built reputation and then offer private classes for students who need them.

COVID-19 invaded not only our country but Europe and the rest of the world and tech communities are mobilized to help different business sectors to cope with the crisis.

Hack the Crisis started in Estonia in the format of a hackathon organized by Garage48 and Accelerate Estonia. Suve, the chat-bot used by Estonian government to advise people about COVID-19 came from this hackathon. This event was adopted by several European countries including Albania.

For 48-hours startups and teams developed solutions to help save lives, help communities and businesses.