Global Hackathon opens submissions for #BuildforCOVID19

Global Hackathon opens submissions for #BuildforCOVID19

The Covid Global Hackathon, #BuildforCOVID19 has opened up submissions for developers to build software solutions.

The main aim of the Hackathon is to find solutions using technology to fight down the challenges of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic.

BuildforCOVID welcomes both local and global focused solutions with support from Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Pinterest, Giphy, TikTok, Slack, and WeChat.

Developers have the free will to choose from a wide range of supported themes and challenge areas of which some are sourced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and scientist from the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub.

Ever since CoronaVirus appeared on the surface of the earth, humans have been ordered to practice social distancing to prevent its spread hence, making people move online than before.

Thus, Global Hackathon wants to create the avenue online to address the crucial situation.

Some examples of focus areas from WHO include the need for disease prevention information around the world in languages that resonate locally, as well as regional needs for expertise, resources/supplies and financial support from donors.

Also, WHO is suggesting seven themes to give out ideas but developers can opt to bring in their ideas also.

The seven themes are ;

  • Health: Address and scale a range of health initiatives, including preventative/ hygiene behaviors (especially for at-risk countries and populations), supporting frontline health workers, scaling telemedicine, contact tracing/containment strategies, treatment, and diagnosis development.
  • Vulnerable Populations: The set of problems facing the elderly and the immuno-compromised, such as access to meals and groceries, and supporting those who are losing jobs and income.
  • Businesses: The set of problems that businesses are facing to stay afloat, collaborate effectively and move parts of their business online.
  • Community: Promoting connection to friends, family, and neighbors to combat social isolation and the digitizing of public services for local governments.
  • Education: Alternative learning environments and tools for students, teachers, and entire school systems.
  • Entertainment: Alternatives to traditional forms of entertainment that can keep the talent and audiences safe and healthy.
  • Other: The above themes are just suggestions. Feel empowered to get creative!

Developers are to submit their project with a 2-minute video walkthrough.

The deadline for the submission is March 30, 2020.




Tosin Agboola

Reporter with Ouut Africa.

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