Developing COVID-19 Solutions from the Ground Up!

For this event, swissnex San Francisco brings together a Swiss and American organization that collaborate with Universities and citizens to find solutions for locally specific problems arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This event connects the Swiss hackathon scene to a local Stanford University initiative, focusing the discussion around how citizens can participate in and create more resilient responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Swiss organization HackZurich has built the largest European hackathon over the course of the last few years. In March, they organized #CodeVsCOVID19 along with the Zurich University ETH. The hackathon focused specifically on finding solutions for the most pressing problems that COVID-19 had created in Switzerland. They brought together several thousand participants and matched them with over 100 mentors in medicine, epidemiology, etc. For this event we are joined by Setareh Gharibi, Project Lead of Digital Festival & HackZurich.

Bay Area’s Stanford University’s Future Bay Initiative was developed to help local communities better cope with environmental problems. This year the students were tasked with finding solutions for COVID-19 problems that were identified by local Bay Area communities. For this program we are joined by Cansu Culha who headed the modeling group that investigated the benefits of COVID-19 contract tracing by using data that was provided by the Bay Area corporate tech partners.


COVID Safety

The Bay Area Science Festival will manage all in-person events with the health, safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, hosts, exhibitors, and guests in mind. In response to COVID-19, we will be implementing public health requirements for all event hosts and attendees in accordance with local and state guidelines in order to celebrate science safely throughout the Bay Area. 

The Bay Area Science Festival encourages you to get vaccinated, wear a mask and practice social distancing. Be sure to check back for updated and more detailed COVID safety information prior to attending.

Thank You for Supporting BASF

We strive to make all Bay Area Science Festival events free, when possible. To produce the Festival, we must annually raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. Every donation helps us make this important work possible.

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