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WHO rallies global technology companies for #BuildforCOVID19Hackathon



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The World Health Organization (WHO) has partnered with Microsoft, Facebook and other technology companies for Covid-19 Hackathon.

The Hackathon tagged #BuildforCOVID19Hackathon is aimed at developing software that will tackle the coronavirus global deadly disease. Devpost hosts the online Hackathon.

The Hackathon which was communicated to the public on Tuesday 24th March 2020 began accepting entries on 26th March 2020 with technology companies like Pinterest, Facebook, TikTok, WeChat, Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook, Slack and Giphy participating.

All the nine technology companies will make available funds to support participants throughout the application process.

Ever since WHO declared coronavirus a global deadly disease, governments have directed their people to put into practice social distancing, and most organizations have also made compulsory a distant work policy.

According to reports by John Hopkins University, there are more than 375,000 cases of COVID-19 cases and over 16,000 people have died across the world.

Given the present remoteness practiced within communities across the world, the organizers aim to creating a secure space for developers to ideate, experiment and build solutions to fight the catastrophe.

#BuildforCOVID19Hackathon is open to software developers that can develop around health, business,vulnerable populations, entertainment, community and education.

The deadline for submission of project is Monday 30th March 2020 and selected projects will be announced on Friday, 3rd April 2020.

Similar initiatives set up by technology organizations to address the worldwide deadly disease include Facebook’s initiative using Messenger to broadcast updates about coronavirus, and Microsoft’s chat bot technology to provide Coronavirus screening.

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