Facebook, Microsoft and other tech companies partner with WHO for coronavirus hackathon


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg provides the opening keynote introducing new Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram privacy features at the Facebook F8 Meeting at McEnery Convention Heart in San Jose, California on April 30, 2019.

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The Earth Wellbeing Group has partnered with Fb, Microsoft and a number of other tech companies for a hackathon to boost the growth of software to take on problems linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

The #BuildforCOVID19 hackathon was declared on Tuesday and will begin accepting undertaking submissions on Thursday. Along with Fb and Microsoft, tech businesses Twitter, WeChat, TikTok, Pinterest, Slack and Giphy are also participating. The tech organizations “will be sharing assets to support individuals throughout the submission time period.”

Facebook “attributes like Blood Donations and Crisis Response had been to start with designed through hackathons and are now utilised by hundreds of thousands of folks worldwide,” wrote Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a write-up advertising the hackathon. “I am hopeful that some handy prototypes and ideas will arrive out of this one as effectively.”

The hackathon is encouraging application builders to establish jobs focused all over the themes of well being, vulnerable populations, businesses, neighborhood, training and amusement.

The deadline to submit jobs is Monday. The hackathon will announce the prime assignments on April 3.

“Supplied the isolation at present becoming skilled inside communities suitable now, we want to produce an online space exactly where builders could ideate, experiment and construct computer software remedies to enable deal with this crisis,” reads a description of the hackathon.

Close to the world, there are more than 375,498 conditions of the coronavirus with at the very least 16,362 deaths, in accordance to Johns Hopkins College.



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