CERIDES and the HEUREKA consortium announced the results of the 2nd #HackHEUREKA hackathon. Fire Patrol Mobile App was chosen for the first prize!
What is HEUREKA ?
Civil Protection Knowledge Partnership Platform
HEUREKA- Civil Protection Knowledge Partnership Platform- Middle East is a project funded by the European Commission that aims at bridging across knowledge holders relevant to disaster management and humanitarian aid actors, to enhance coordination, cooperation, compatibility, and complementarity between available capacities. It will be a bridge between the different actors in the field of work, between the European Union and its Southern Neighborhood, specifically the Middle East. The project includes 9 partners from Austria, Cyprus, Palestine, and Lebanon.
HEUREKA will collect and share knowledge, experience, expertise, skills, competencies, lessons learned, and best practices in close cooperation with civil protection and disaster management authorities as well as knowledge holders from the public and private sector, to stimulate research and innovation and a shared understanding of prevention, preparedness and response.
The HEUREKA Project
Why HEUREKA ?
In 2019 alone, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCPM) was activated 20 times worldwide (5x Forest Fires, 3x Floods, 3x Prevention and Preparedness, 2x earthquakes, 2x epidemic, 2x marine pollution, 2x tropical cyclones and 1 environmental accident). The extent of the negative impact on individuals, property, cultural heritage, and environment, amongst others, is ever increasing. Climate change exacerbates the risks and increases the exposure and the vulnerability of people and assets to damage. The current COVID-19 pandemic caused by the coronavirus is exposing vulnerabilities and limits of current preparedness levels in a drastic manner.
The majority of disaster risks are cross-border in nature, threaten entire regions, and can affect multiple countries simultaneously. In a world that has become increasingly interconnected, risks also tend to become cross-sectoral touching upon various thematic disciplines at once. The Civil Protection (CP) systems of the Middle East had been more challenged than anywhere else in the wider surroundings of the European Union in the last decade and are supposed to be in the near and medium future due to a mix of conflict and natural disasters. At the same time, partners of the consortium have proven that Civil Protection and emergency preparedness can be a connecting factor between the countries of the neighborhood.
The Civil Protection Knowledge Network Partnership Platform – Middle East (HEUREKA) will bridge across knowledge holders relevant to disaster management and humanitarian aid actors, to enhance coordination, cooperation, compatibility and complementarity between capacities and will improve the competence of experts. At the same time, the network will support the introduction of an organizational approach in fostering and transferring of knowledge in civil protection, so that organizations and communities can make use of the enhanced knowledge provided.