“Appathon” – a digital event to test and improve the operation of the corona apps

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On Saturday April 18 and Sunday April 19, 7 teams will participate in the “appathon”, a digital event to test and improve the operation of the corona apps. According to experts, the apps of these 7 teams best match the working process of the GGD for doing source and contact research, while at the same time meeting requirements that are set in areas such as privacy, data and information security and ease of use. This weekend’s ‘appathon’ can be followed by interested parties via the website www.rijksoverheid.nl/coronavirusapp.

Who are the 7 participants?

  • Covid19 (covid19-alert.eu)
  • DDT Consortium (dtact.com)
  • Accenture B.V. (accenture.com)
  • Capgemini Nederland BV (capgemini.com)
  • ITO (ito-app.org)
  • DEUS BV (deus.ai)
  • Sia Partners (sia-partners.com)

How were the 7 participants selected?

After the invitation this weekend, more than 700 responses were received, of which 660 actually contain a proposal. On Tuesday 14 April, all these proposals were processed and administratively assessed for, among other things, completeness and focused on the support for the work of the GGD mentioned in the invitation. After this, 63 proposals remained. These were reviewed today by 67 experts in the field of epidemiology, health care, privacy, information security and ICT. These 7 participants are based on their advice.

The preparation of the ‘appathon’ starts today, where the participants have to provide the source code of their apps. It will also start with an assessment of data protection, an analysis of the source code and an investigation into information security.

Program appathon April 18 and 19

The “appathon” starts on Saturday morning at 10:00 with online presentations from the seven different teams to scientists and experts from both within and outside the government. The teams are then tested and questioned by the experts from various angles. Anyone who wants to can follow the presentations online at www.rijksoverheid.nl/coronavirusapp and email questions and suggestions.

The teams then work on incorporating the feedback from the experts and the public into their solution, so that it is even better suited to the source and contact research of the GGD and meets the strict requirements that are set. The first day of the “appathon” will be concluded at 17:00 with a question session and afterthought and a short presentation by the teams.

The participants start again on Sunday morning at 10:00 with a presentation of Saturday night’s work. They then have until 4:00 PM to further improve their solution. On this Sunday, experts will again give feedback and scientists will discuss the meaning of digital support for source and contact tracing. The ‘appathon’ will be concluded on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm with final demonstrations by the teams.

More information about the program, how to follow the presentations and how to submit questions or advice can be found at www.rijksoverheid.nl/coronavirusapp.

Based on the expert and public advice and the advice of the Dutch Data Protection Authority, it will be announced next week whether and how apps can contribute to the work of the GGD and can be used safely and reliably.