As social distancing is being practiced within communities across Canada due to COVID-19, DMZ is creating an online space where individuals could ideate, experiment and build solutions to help address this crisis. 

DMZ’s #HackTheCurve Challenge is an opportunity for individuals to create teams online and build solutions to drive social impact, with the aim of tackling challenges related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

“While continuing to practice social distancing, we’re encouraging innovators across Canada to take advantage of online tools in order to work collaboratively and create solutions that can support businesses, government and individuals impacted by COVID-19. locally and globally,” said Abdullah Snobar, executive director, DMZ. 

Over a two-week period, teams of up to five participants will compete for up to $10,000 in cash prizes by seeing who can develop an innovative technology solution to help flatten the epidemic’s curve.

Participating individuals or teams are challenged to create a digital solution that aims to help combat issues related to the COVID-19 crisis across a range of the following suggested themes: 

  • Virtual supports to help those in need
  • Communication platforms to mobilize information
  • Solutions for healthcare improvement (diagnostics, ventilation, sanitation, etc.)
  • Contact tracing solutions
  • Crisis management tools
  • Business continuity
  • Senior citizen support 

DMZ #HackTheCurve Challenge timeline:

March 27 – Applications are open.
April 5 – Applications close.
April 8 – 22 – Teams will Hack while receiving access to workshops on lead by experts in the startup ecosystem
April 23 – Winner of up to $10,000 cash prize is announced + receive expedited application for DMZ membership

For more information on eligibility requirements and to apply, visit

The DMZ is a leading business incubator for tech startups in Canada. They help startups build great businesses by connecting them with customers, capital, experts and a community of entrepreneurs and influencers.

The DMZ is a partner in StartUp Here Toronto.