Frankfurt, 30th of April 2020 – The winners of the # EUvsVirus Hackathon with more than 20,000 participants, organized by the European Commission, were announced today at 11:00 CEST. Through more than 2,000 projects, the teams responded to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 in various ways of life.
The “Support Arts and Entertainment” challenge was won by the Guide-Your-Guide team which includes two entrepreneurs based and active in the Frankfurt startup ecosystem, Fabrizio Gramuglio, and Pedro Ferreira (Co-Founders of X+ and Local team of Singularity University).
The Cloud-Based Guide-Your-Guide is the first app to get interactive and personalized remote guidance to a museum or heritage site. The purpose of the app is to bring together again the places to visit, guides and culturally hungry people separated by the COVID-19, while supporting the industry of the sites and guides.
There has already been a lot of interest in the app. Our team includes people from all over Europe, and also a network of the largest museums in Berlin and in Greek archeological sites. Pedro Ferreira
The technical basis of the application is the soon-to-be-launched Xperience Plus platform, backed by a UK company with an operative office in Frankfurt.
The Hackathon created an entirely new concept on the technical basis of how the platform could serve one of today’s most vulnerable sectors, namely art, culture, and tourism.
Pedro and Fabrizio got themselves accidentally drifted into the group:
“We decided to join the Hackathon to find the right idea and team to brainstorm on how to use our current solution at Xperience Plus and we were scouting for the fit. After a few minutes, we met Guide-Your-Guide’s team leader Paul Fabel and we decided to proceed with the project ”, Fabrizio says. “As the project sounded really good – and it was a great opportunity to work with European talents we decided to spend the weekend together! We are very happy with the result and news today!“
Personalized remote visits to museums and heritage sites with the guide will work well during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are expecting to grow our network and adhesions after the restrictions are over. The app offers the opportunity to have a personal and interactive visiting experience regardless of, for example, physical disabilities or limitations.
The Guide-Your-Guide and Xperience Plus journey continues. Funds and partners are the next steps for the winning project.