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A solution to help the victims of domestic violence won this year's Hackathon

04.06.2019
The prize was awarded by Kersti Kaljulaid, the President of the Republic of Estonia. Photo: Rasmus Kooskora

The cyber security company Guardtime won this year's 'Digiriigi Häkaton', a competition that brings together technology companies with an ambition to create better solutions to various services used in the public sector.

The purpose of Guardtime's solution was to create a reliable way to collect and use the evidence related to domestic violence. The award prize of 7000 euros was donated to local organisations that support victims of domestic violence.

Siim Sikkut, Government CIO of Estonia, was pleased to see that so many companies came together to solve the real life problems in the public sector. “I hope that the result of Hackathon is a continuous collaboration between the state and private companies. After some finishing touches, many of the presented solutions are immediately ready to use, and would make the operation of the state more efficient, easier and more convenient for the people,” added Sikkut.

The purpose of Guardtime's solution is to create a reliable way to gather and use evidence of domestic violence - which could be used, for example, in the police or in court. "Since it is an extremely sensitive subject and involves sensitive data, we found a way for the victim to collect digital data related to domestic violence using blockchain technology, without the perpetrator noticing and being able to change the data later," explained Silver Kelk, the winning team's leader.

According to Siim Sikkut, the vice president of the jury, the winning work solves an important issue for the society, as well as had technically strong implementation.

"Every person and business wants to make the world a better place by doing their jobs. This kind of Hackathon provides a great gateway for implementing solutions that make Estonia and its society better," said Kelk.

Guardtime was represented by a team of four, led by Silver Kelk, Business Development Specialist. The team also included designer Veiko Jääger, software engineer Joosep Simm, and engineer Carol Tikerper.

The second 'Digiriigi Häkaton', which was held on the 29th-31st May, brought together 13 technology companies, who solved various problems of the public sector in the course of 48 hours. Codeborne took the second place, who created a solution for organizing events for the President's Office. The third place went to Nortal, who created an application to better organize the work of volunteers at the Estonian Rescue Board.

Hackathon is organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in cooperation with Garage48.

More information (in Estonian): https://hakaton.ee/

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