CityHack took place entirely online on 30 and 31 May to comply with the public health rules imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
CityHack is a 24-hour technology development marathon focused on solutions to help improve quality of life in cities. The initiative is promoted by the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, which this year accepted the challenge from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to join forces with other polytechnic institutes in Portugal to broaden the impact of the initiative. But the coronavirus pandemic has transformed this event into a fully online marathon, and people participated by using a computer from anywhere in the country.
CityHack aims at offering participants the necessary conditions to transform their ideas into concrete and viable solutions, which include access to a network of mentors from different areas of expertise – managers, engineers, teachers, marketers and third sector professionals. To participate it was just necessary to put together a team of 3 to 5 members, preferably higher education students from technological areas. The teams with the most impressive skills will receive prizes of up to EUR 2,000.
Mustafa’s team and project
They were a team of 3 students of Técnico Institute (among 26 other teams participating). They developed a Chatbot that achieves social integration of immigrants by matching them with local people by organizing social events like football matches, cinema or cultural trips. It also connects volunteers who are interested in teaching Portuguese with people who are interested in learning or practice this language. There are some other functionalities about finding a job, medical consultations and many other issues.