USAID Supports Innovation During Quarantine

By: USAID-DR

Being at home doesn’t have to be a barrier to innovation!  We congratulate Kemberly Abad, Rafael Fernández, Eladio Rodríguez and Dahiana Vásquez, winners of the 1st virtual hackathon “Innovating in Quarantine”, with their application “COVIDHELP”. COVIDHELP is “an application to help diabetics and hypertensive people over 65, as explained by Kemberly Abad. With it, we will contribute to the control of these groups in isolation and facilitate their day-to-day needs. We will assist them in food and medicine supply, taking their geo-location into account. It will also serve to manage volunteers who will help these people with medical assistance and home errands”. 

This hackathon was conducted by the Instituto Tecnológico de Las Américas (ITLA), in collaboration with Participación Ciudadana, the Innovation for Democracy Lab (InnovaLab), Camara TIC and the United Nations System in the Dominican Republic (UN DR). The United States government, through USAID, is working with Participación Ciudadana on a Civil Society project, which includes initiatives such as the InnovaLab. InnovaLab was created with the purpose of providing a safe and sustainable space for students, youth and civil society to incubate social initiatives with the support of high-level civil society organizations. 

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The four winners of the hackathon, under a title that reads "Innovating in Quarantine."