COVID-19 has made profound impacts on the ways of working and living. At Exadel, we have seen first-hand how technology can help individuals and businesses thrive in times of unrest. This is why we put together the “Appery.io COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon.” On April 22, we asked the global developer community to come up with applications that could help vulnerable and afflicted groups, and we were truly inspired by the response!

Using Appery.io, a low-code application development platform created by Exadel, participants were asked to focus on areas like healthcare, mental health, assistance for the elderly and vulnerable, improving remote work, financial stability and maintaining a sense of community. Developers were free to be as innovative and unique as possible with minimal restrictions on application type or theme. With the help of Appery.io, participants were able to rapidly create applications that serve the global community. Submissions were due on May 6.

After a fantastic virtual event, we are thrilled to announce the Grand Prize winner of our “Appery.io COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon.” Katerina Zhadko, a freelance front-end developer based in Europe. Developers from around the world submitted apps for consideration and a panel of experts judged each submission based on a detailed set of criteria. Zhadko’s winning app named “COVID-19 Knowledge Test” aims to evaluate the degree of a user’s knowledge regarding COVID-19, and increase COVID-19 information literacy. Congratulations to Grand Prize Winner Katerina Zhadko for developing such an impactful and innovative application with Appery.io!

Here are other top submissions:

Health Monitor

Health Monitor connects doctors and patients—patients can update their symptoms, notifying doctors of changes in their condition without needing to meet face to face. If a patient fails to report their symptoms or their condition moves outside the predefined norms, doctors are automatically notified and can take appropriate action.

Deep Breath

Deep Breath is a relaxation app intended to keep users calm during the pandemic. The app features a number of timed meditation exercises as well as an assortment of relaxing nature sounds to aid in sleep.

COVID-19 Social Vulnerability

A social vulnerability app that tracks self-reported COVID-19 test results and downstream impacts including mental health, economic, housing and other specific needs.

Walks2Go

Walks2Go provides interesting walking routes to people looking to get out of their house in a controlled and safe manner. Users can select the start distance from their current location, the length of their walk, and review a list of suggestions that fit their criteria along with a map of the route.

These past few months have been challenging for the global community, which is why it is imperative that we utilize technology to find ways to connect and support one another as we press on through these difficult times. Technology has shown its ability to change the course of history for the better time and time again, which has only strengthened our commitment to innovation and digital transformation during this time of crisis.

In this time of distance, isolation and uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to find ways to connect with, support, and provide hope for each other. We want to thank all of the participants of the “Appery.io COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon” and are looking forward to creating another opportunity to challenge and innovate with this amazing community!

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