International hackathon HACK FOR ITALY

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Tech world unites to find the solutions in the battle against COVID-19 during the online hackathon HACK THE CRISIS. In March, the 27-29th Italian tech community will join forces and launch the international hackathon HACK FOR ITALY.

Inspired by previous initiatives in other European countries, the Italian crisis hackathon edition Hack for Italy will be an intense weekend during which several teams will work remotely on various economic and social problems, all of which are linked to the corona crisis and divided into the categories: Save Lives, Save Communities, Save Businesses.  

HACK FOR ITALY ( ) is a public online event that will unite developers, entrepreneurs, healthcare experts, community builders, researchers, creatives to tackle this imminent corona crisis. Everyone is welcome to join the event and put the minds together to come up with innovative solutions to counter this crisis. Participants will share their ideas on how to fix problems faced by the educational and healthcare sector as well as ideas to tackle mental health concerns, the distribution of food, the logistics sector, employment, etc. 

HACK THE CRISIS ( )  is a truly global movement started by Estonian accelerator Garage48 organized in countries like Germany, Finland, Estonia, and Latvia, which inspired a group of volunteers from the Italian startup community to bring the HACK THE CRISIS movement to Italy.

A hackathon is a fast-paced event, where participants team up to create solutions and concepts from scratch in a short amount of time, addressing current problems. There are hackathons of various lengths and types, but one common characteristic of them is that they are centered around a specific theme. For example, Hack the Crisis Italy focuses on sparking solutions to the crisis caused by the outbreak of coronavirus.

The online hackathon will start on Friday, March 27 and will be fully remote with the help of the latest video technology and online collaboration platforms. During this 2-days hackathon, all teams are asked to develop a concrete solution for the selected challenges. Participants can register both as a team or as an individual. A closing online session will take place on Sunday 29 March, during which the results will be presented to the general public. 

“The scale of what’s happening is tough to grasp. The world is called to face a global pandemic that will certainly change the way we work, live, relate in the short-medium,and perhaps, long term. Today more than ever we must understand we’re all connected. We must work together to find solutions to face this crisis, limit the cost of human lives, improve the way we live in communities, alleviate the burden that this will have on our economies. We need to pull together all of these challenges and we must act now. We hope we will take the chance to build a better world: a more humane, compassionate and sustainable one. And this depends only on us”

Franco Jamoletti,  Founder STEP Tech Park

The organizers aim to also offer a long-term connecting platform for entrepreneurs from the tech and creative sector around this common theme. Therefore, the hackathon will be the starting point of a sustainable collaboration platform where people and governments can identify problems and where teams can be deployed in the relatively short term to come up with concrete solutions to counter this crisis.


Hackathon is supported by 


Step Tech Park ( is an Innovation hub that aims to help startups and technological pioneers to realize their green-tech projects with the goal to reduce by 5 million tons CO2eq emissions into the atmosphere over the next 5 years. 


LVenture Group S.p.A. ( is a holding company listed on the Italian Stock Exchange, operating in the field of Venture Capital. It manages the Startup Accelerator LUISS EnLabs “The Startup Factory”, born from a joint venture with LUISS Guido Carli University which has grown into a point of reference in the Italian innovation ecosystem. We provide a 9,000 sqm Hub in Rome’s Termini Station, in addition to a dedicated office space in Milan, at the Milan LUISS Hub. Today our investment portfolio includes 70+ startups, characterized by high digital innovation and scalability. Our business model is based mainly on capital gains from the exits of our startups.


H-Farm ( an innovation platform that supports the creation of new business models and the transformation and education of young people and companies using a digital approach. 

Startup Wise Guys ( Startup Wise Guys accelerator is an intense, high energy, no BS, straightforward approach to coaching from practitioners not consultants!

It’s a 3 months long on-site mentors driven program taking place in either Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia) or Vilnius (Lithuania). Accelerator is primarily sales and scaling focused with a 

fundraising component helping teams be in a position to raise the next funding round within 6 months. As of this year we have three verticals – B2B SaaS, Fintech and CyberNorth.

Ghost ( is an Innovation company focusing on Purpose building,
Community strategies, Service innovation. Previous driver and organizer of the Hack the crisis Finalnd.