Hack the Crisis Luxembourg, the online hackathon organized by Docler Holding in collaboration with Farvest, the House of Startups and Junction, took place last April 24th and 25th. The Hack the Crisis movement was born in Estonia, and welcomed for the first time around 200 participants with 33 projects submitted, 60 mentors and 13 jury members. A fund-raiser was also set up and the event managed to raise EUR 15.000 for the Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande-Duchesse, which will reallocate the funds to organizations bolstering digital inclusion.

The movement aims at finding new and innovative solutions to “save lives”, “save education”, “save communities and social bond”, “save businesses” and also to “think about tomorrow”. These 5 goals also represent the different categories participants were challenged to work on. Out of a total of 33 projects submitted, 10 were selected by the renowned jury members. The 24-hour event was officially launched and livestreamed on Facebook on Friday, with an introduction by Carlo Thelen, CEO of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. The awards ceremony took place the next day. The 5 winning projects are:

• EmailTree, in the “Save lives” category. Through their project, the experts aim at breaking social and tech isolation by linking persons to relevant community members such as healthcare professional. It uses the combination of several technologies, notably AI, NLP and RPA. The team received its award from Pascal Steichen, CEO of SECURITEMADEINLU. The winners won Gartners’ prize consisting of one pass for Gartner Symposium Barcelona and two months of Agile support to develop the project

• PeerTutor, in the “Save education “category. With their all-inclusive, Luxembourg specific tutoring platform, the participants were able to convince the jury members. To make sure everyone receives their perfect tutor, PeerTutor will match students and tutors based on information entered by the parents of younger students or older students themselves. They won EuroDNS’s prize: a EUR 500 voucher for their tutoring platform and their award was handed out by Sergio Coronado (Founder of Luxembourg Tech School ASBL).

• SuperHeld, in the “Save communities and social bond” category. They developed a “meeting point application” for people in need and volunteers who live in vicinity. The main idea is to reshape Luxembourg to be a better place to live in for vulnerable categories of people (during and post-COVID-19). They won a spot in one of Nyuko’s programs including individual and group coaching. The prize was virtually handed out by Diane Tea, Vice President of the Luxembourg Business Angel Network.

• Time2shop, in the “Save businesses” category. The team’s mission is to reduce the risk and avoid long queues while shopping by knowing how many people are in a shop. Time2Shop is an app that first provides its users with information on the numbers of people in a shop. Users can use the accurate real-time information to easily decide when to shop. Xavier Buck, renowned entrepreneur, presented the award and the team won a one-month use of flex desk from Luxembourg-City Incubator.

• S@feoffice, in the “Think about tomorrow” category. S@leoffice supports companies and their teams to come back to work, with a secure and smooth transition from working@home to working@office: staff will be able to book their working slots at the office or remote in a user-friendly way, with an add-on to Outlook calendar, respecting the social distancing rules... The winners won a EUR 500 voucher from Euro DNS, which was presented by Kolos Kaszaly, CTO at Docler Holding.

 All the winners also received a one-year exclusive VIP Luxembourg-China Chamber of Commerce membership.


“We were happy to have twice the number of attendees and mentors we aimed for. We were also impressed by the symbolic number of 19 partners joining us for this first Luxembourg online hackathon to fight COVID-19 and its consequences. In addition, we are delighted to support the Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande-Duchesse that will provide phones to children impacted by domestic violence through Femmes en Détresse and will give laptops to university students in need”, stated Karoly Papp, CEO of Docler Holding.

“We are used to tech events, but we never expected to have such an impressive online tech event. Amongst the participants, we counted over 44 different nationalities. Once again, we proved that when we work together, technology is a key element to help us all thrive and show solidarity; to educate and to shape the future; to save lives, communities, social interaction and businesses.”, said Kamel Amroune, CEO Farvest.

“At first, it might have seemed ambitious to initiate a project like this from scratch only a few days prior to the event. But we knew that Luxembourg’s innovation ecosystem, entrepreneurs, partners, startups and mentors would join us along with Docler Holding, Farvest, Junction and the Chamber of Commerce. Then as we saw all these new projects and ideas being build by the participants and progressing with the help of mentors over the weekend, most of us on the jury really felt a collective pride towards Luxembourg’s innovation ecosystem. The turnout and the results of this first online hackathon held in Luxembourg through these difficult times were outstanding. Therefore, we sincerely hope that many of these projects will capitalize on the momentum provided by this hackathon, the mentors or the partners’ special rewards to evolve into startups.”, concluded Philippe Linster, CEO of the House of Startups and President of the Jury.

The jury was composed of Xavier Buck (Entrepreneur, Chairman), Philippe Linster (CEO, House of Startups), Kolos Kaszaly (CTO, Docler Holding), Diane Tea (VP, Luxembourg Business Angel Network), Petrus Holm (CEO, Junction), Gilbert Wolter (Sales and Marketing Director, Foyer), Carlos Gonser (Engineering Manager, Docler Holding), Serge Linckels (Deputy Director, Ministry of Education), Anouar Adlani (CIO, NameSpace Group), Dr. Sergio Coronado (Luxembourg Tech School asbl, Founder, Lead Coach), Philippe Majerus (Chairman, Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande Duchesse), Pascal Steichen (CEO, SECURITYMADEIN.LU) and Stefan Berend (Luxinnovation, Head of Start-up Acceleration, Luxinnovation).

Publié le 28 avril 2020