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date: Saturday 28 March 2020
where: ONLINE from 10AM --> Zoom:957 309 096
from: 10AM to 5PM HACKATHON
register: here if you haven't:
whatsapp group

Everybody can contribute by editing the document.
We expect to collect in particular: topics of interest to create groups of work, group leaders, specific objectives in relation to the general statement, outputs you wish to achieve by the end of the event, collaborative tools.

Questionnaire COVID-19 lifestyles and contagion

Please take the time to answer this questionnaire it will help working on the results during the hackathon:







Our initiative is part of the more general framework of MyData:

The characteristics of the virus and of COVID-19 could be confronted with the collection of personal data, to stop the spread and to enter into epidemiological modelling, in order to get out of the crisis as quickly as possible. This is feasible with an interdisciplinary approach. Epidemiologists, scientists, hacktivists, ethicists, elected officials, civil servants and citizens all have a role to play.

Although data collection may be seen as essential to understand the current problem and find solutions within a consistent technical, legal and ethical framework, we are compelled to prepare and obtain informed consent from individuals, which we believe is crucial to balancing the public health emergency and safeguarding fundamental rights and freedoms, in the short, medium and long term. We also have the challenge of social inclusion to create a model that is adapted to different contexts, lifestyles, and access to basic and technological resources where it will have to be evaluated what can actually be collected and shared, taking into account the profile of people who do not wish or cannot share data.

This event is intended to be a space for discussion, debate, sharing and development. You are free to propose ideas, provide constructive criticism and work both autonomously and in coordination.


1.Introduction by Paul-Olivier Dehaye
POD Presentation

YT video Anthropology of SARSCoV and Research into SARS CoV2 COVID19 HCoV19

Oxford article :Quantifying dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 transmission suggests that epidemic control and avoidance is feasible through instantaneous digital contact tracing


  • biological aspect: understanding the virus
  • why tracing?
  • sociological aspect: explain the context population, authorities, public health, why work on this? how to count those who do not have voices without data? seek data minimization, what is the social meaning of monitoring, on what scale? (Miles and Jessica)
  • technical aspect: understanding transparency in existing solutions (Lennig) legality in relation to proportionality (PO) global vs. local context, how to prove that tracing is necessary?
  • our initiative stemming from MyData (PO): governance, trusted intermediaries, informed consent, COVID-19 MyData Commons

3. Presentation of groups so everyone can make a choice where to participate.

  • comments, questions, new ideas

4. Group formation in Zoom according to the number of group 1-6

5. Break (12.30pm-2pm)

6. Quick sync (2pm-2.30pm)

7. Second round of group work (2.30pm-4pm)

7. Conclusions (4pm-5pm)

8. Celebrations Apero

9. Post HackCovid. Follow up

Working groups

You can access the form to submit challenges for that Swiss hackathon here:

Group 1: Data protection .Proportionality?
Participants: Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Jean Rossiaud, John W ...
working document:
informed consent
data protection
impact assessment
data subjects rights to ensure
clarify analysis that will be conducted with personal data
risks minimization
balancing tests

Group 2: Data collection- Prototyping
Participants: Iain Henderson, Gianfranco, ..
technical angle JNLC protocol
what data to collect
how much to collect
what is useful in respect to questions we want to answer
from which sources, databases
data storage
data protection
tools, scripts for automatic collection
see: Crowdsourced data collection: what to get?
Proposal for next Hackathon VersusVirus( for group 2 Prepopulate the Common using Data Excellence Management Systems and AI with existing DEMS toolset. The goal is to have fast and widespread adoption of the JLINC
''Protocol for Data Sharing to build the Common with
minimal effort:
- Data access
- Data harmonization
- Data Protection

Group 3: Data anthropology and ethics
13 participants:Michele, Jessica, Genferei, Alex, Winfried, Rémi, Judith D, Judith H, Isabelle, Christian, Maurizio Arseni, Jean-Henri Morin, Luca
Summary of the full day available here ---> Group 3
state of the art: epidemiology, social sciences, data science
how are communities, and social networks built
qualitative study. Survey users about routines in house, mobility, shopping, social contacts, children and family care
build personas
research agenda
relation with public health
relation with crowdsourcing
what are the solutions for people without internet, devices, that do not want to track? what are the benefits of those type of persons for the whole community in terms of privacy, infrastructure costs...?

Group 4: app audit
Participants:Lenning, Paul Wang, Simon
Need the working document!!! apps
best solution by design

Group 5: data Viz


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Hack code of conduit

Our hackathon is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable environment and harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants in any form. Hackathon participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the hackathon at the discretion of the hackathon organisers.


To be able to record your efforts please document your work by clicking on every group title. You will find then a new page for you. Here are some main points you can keep in your page:
1.Presentation of the project
2.Group members
5.Difficulties encountered / limitations
6.Perspectives to go further with the project


Good practices

How to set-up an online hackhaton within 6 hours

MyData Slack

MyData slack with a lot of resources to filter in the different channels #coronadata #coronavalues #coronaneeds #coronainfo


Our forum: or with different links, apps, databases, scientific articles to browse by topic

Zurich Hackhathon

Select Data and resource at the top (constantly supplemented)

COVID-19 App

App List

App list available on the wiki

Data repository

Non exhaustive data repository available on the wiki

Press articles

Selected press articles available on the Wiki

Scholarly articles

Selected scholarly articles available on the Wiki

Health databases

Data dictionaries for intake of COVID patients

Questions raised during the main presentation

The questions started a rich discussion during the main presentation of the hackathon, please find them in the link below to enrich your work.