At the end of March, HackZurich organized an online hackathon at the behest of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH). Participants developed open source solutions over a period of 72 hours that aim to help during the coronavirus crisis.
As part of the hackathon, a new platform for care homes was developed in record time, as detailed in a press release. Match4Care is particularly aimed at helping care homes where, due to the outbreak of coronavirus, kitchen staff, specialist cleaning personnel, laundry employees and in-house technicians are unavailable due to sickness or self-isolation. The care homes should be able to rapidly find new staff via the platform. Another aim is to mobilize specialists that are currently under-employed due to the crisis.
Match4Care was developed by the group of the entrepreneur Silvan Leibacher. His team was professionally supported by the Careum School of Health in Zurich, the KZU competence center for nursing and healthcare as well as by Spitex Zürich Limmat.
The new platform went live online on April 3, 2020. IG Match4Care Switzerland was created as the sponsor with representatives from the healthcare and nursing sector. The IG is not a commercial network and has no legal status.