Corona Hackathon brings together WHO, Microsoft and Facebook
The World Health Organization (WHO) has partnered with technology giants like Facebook and Microsoft for a global hackathon.
The organization requested that developers be asked to build software solutions that lead to social impact, with the aim of tackling some of the challenges related to the emerging COVID-19 epidemic.
Hackathon # BuildforCOVID19 will start accepting the project presentation today, Thursday, and the best projects will be announced on April 3.
Besides Facebook and Microsoft, companies participate
Technology Twitter, WeChat, TikTok, Pinterest and Slack are also in hackathon.
Hackathon said: “We encourage you – innovators around the world – on # BuildforCOVID19 using the technology you choose across a range of suggested topics and areas of challenge, some of which were obtained through health partners including
WHO and scientists at Chan Zuckerberg Biohub “.
Hackathon added: “Given the isolation communities are currently experiencing, we want to create a space on the Internet where developers can think about, experiment and build software solutions to help tackle this crisis.”
Facebook features like blood donation and crisis response were first created during hackathons and now used by millions of people around the world.
“I hope some useful examples and ideas will come out of this model as well,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post.