Secapp from Jyväskylä, Finland made its way to the finals last weekend (April 24-26) in the EUvsVirus Hackathon organized by the European Commission. The hackathon, which set a world record with more than 20,000 participants, was designed to create innovative solutions to the challenges posed by the coronavirus. The results were published today, April 30th.
Over the weekend, Secapp developed two completely new features based on the features of its existing system: alarm maps and data visualizations.
The news about the place in the finals was received with great satisfaction at Secapp.
– This is a great achievement for us and we must be proud of our team. It’s good to note that 42 % of the more than 2,000 projects in the entire event were done in our Health & Life category, so making our way to the finals is a very good achievement. Now we jumped from small Finland to the brightest top in Europe in this field at once, says Secapp’s CEO Kari Aho.
The features created in the hackathon won’t just remain in the archives, but will be transferred to the Secapp application and thus also to the customers.
– Our healthcare customers are already collecting a lot of information related to the corona, for example, from all Finnish hospital districts. Among other things, the number of infection cases, intensive care units and protective equipment is reported with our application. Now, this data is presented more clearly and situations can be viewed at both the individual hospital and nationwide levels, thus preventing or correcting resource imbalances. In other words, medications, protective masks, or personnel resources can be targeted to the right places, Aho describes the benefits of Secapp.
In addition to Finland, Secapp plans to take the mentioned features to international markets in the future.
Hackathons have been successful for Secapp
Secapp has good experiences with hackathons, as the company’s teams have achieved relatively many good results in the past as well.
– Our staff likes to participate in hackathons, which have gone quite well in the past. At the end of last year, for example, we won one such event in Japan, with the aim of solving their crisis communication problems. These are good and fast sprints because a lot can be achieved in a short time, not only in terms of programming and technology, but also, for example, in clarifying the descriptions and marketing of our operations and in improving processes with the help of external experts. Secapp will certainly continue to be seen in hackathons, Aho says.
- Organized by the European Commission
- Aimed to create innovations for the challenges posed by the coronavirus
- Took place in April 24-26, 2020
- More than 20,000 participants in teams of 3-7 people
- More than 2000 projects
- More than 1,400 mentors
- More than 400 jury members
- Team Secapp: Kari Aho, Jani Lehtinen, Niko Tuomi-Nikula, Matti Lehtinen, Riku Eskelinen and Sami Kolsi
- Designs, produces and develops a highly secured Secapp application for versatile organizational and crisis communication use
- The main features of the application are multi-channel alerting of important people, secure communication and documentation and reporting of work tasks.
- Secapp currently reports e.g. the capacity of intensive care units in Finland and the number of intensive care patients
- Turnover: 1.1 million (2019), minimum target for 2020: 2.2 million
- The company is investing heavily in expansion and growth
- Currently 19 employees, estimated for the rest of the year: 25
- Operates nationwide in Finland and also in the Nordic countries, Estonia, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Spain
- Secapp is currently used by more than 70,000 professionals from more than 600 organizations, including public authorities, educational institutions, public administrations and companies.
Kari Aho, Secapp, CEO, +358 50 406 3028, firstname.lastname@example.org