Best Innovation award at HackCorona
CO-nect was announced winner of the ‘Best Innovation Award’ at the HackCorona
Our solution, the CO-nect platform, makes it possible to integrate various requirements, such as course and contact tracing, self-monitoring and remote guidance, transition strategies, control policies, as well as privacy and information security.
We understand that all users of the platform will be different. This is the reason why we provide a platform that allows multiple applications to work on. Each application is able to connect to a distinct target group and is able to share and exchange data in a secure manner.
The platform is adapted to both individuals as well as governmental institutions. In order to do so, the platform enables data to be used in a unique manner obeying to privacy rules. All metrics are collected on the platform in a secure way and are not shared with others.
The solution can be found here (in Dutch):
We are very proud of our engineers (Pauline ten Brinke, Lars van den Berg and Tim Pijl) and of their reason that motivated them to participate during this soft quarantine. We’ve asked them about the Hackathon and the application they created, and these are their responses:
One of our team members, Sebastiaan Broekema, asked us to be part of team CO-nect during this hackathon. We all think it is important to use your expertise to help society – especially in times like these. Having participated in the last three editions of the DutchHackingHealth, we are familiar with the fun involved in these events. And, even though it was online, the level of enthusiasm wasn’t any less than usual! Thus, joining the hackathon was an easy decision to make.
Especially this solution sparked our interest. How can we use data and software – we all love this combination – to FlattenTheCurve? We initially had an idea, a tracking app which signals when you are in close proximity to someone with a high probability of having Corona. However, one critical element was missing: How can we make sure everyone is going to use this app? Over the weekend, we decided to go with gamification, since who doesn’t love to play games. The app needs to go viral!
I think the gamification aspect is what is so innovative. A lot of tracking apps are being developed, but since they are not interactive, they are a bit boring and don’t appeal to many people. It is important that everyone uses one particular platform, such that it has the location-information about everyone – without disregarding privacy of course. It’s amazing to see that our team developed a prototype in only four days, without even seeing each other physically!
Right now, we are looking for potential partners and funding. To keep the whole team motivated, we have a daily standup to give each other a brief status update. It would be awesome to have the application go live within a few weeks, so we’re all working as hard as we can to make that a reality.
Currently, tracking applications such as CO-nect are widely used in Singapore and South Korea and their potential has been proven. We have to act quickly to slow down the spread and save lives, while taking GDPR and the WAP (Wet Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens) into account. The team is doing everything it can to build the solution as fast and as safe as possible.