Opinion
29.10.2020

COVID-19: A missed summer opportunity for tech solutions

In an op-ed for Der Tagesspiegel, Johanna Mair and Thomas Gegenhuber say Berlin should implement digital solutions that already exist. 

In an op-ed for Der Tagesspiegel, Johanna Mair and Thomas Gegenhuber ask why the administration didn't use the summer more efficiently to implement digital solutions, which already exist, such as open source app Quarano.

According to Berlin Health Senator Dilek Kalayci, the current rapid rise in the number of cases means the city can no longer carry out fast and meticulous contact tracing for every COVID-19 case. Given the lack of resources, the city is considering a change strategy to focus on risk groups.

Johanna Mair, Professor of Organization, Strategy and Leadership at the Hertie School and Fellow at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Thomas Gegenhuber, Assistant Professor for Digital Transformation at Leuphana University Lüneburg, are jointly responsible for the accompanying research for the hackathon #WirVsVirus, endorsed by the German Chancellery.

In this function, they evaluate how digital collaborative events can quickly generate creative, viable solutions to problems like those related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This included, among others, digital applications to improve the efficiency of contact tracing and management.

Read the full op-ed here (in German).

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