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Coronavirus has a new enemy: “Hack from Home COVID-19”

Hackers community wants you to help countering the Coronavirus! On 4th and 5th April there will be “Hack from Home COVID-19” on three themes: Citizen science, Community health, Mass communication

Hackers community wants you to help countering the Coronavirus! On 4th and 5th April there will be “Hack from Home COVID-19”. It’s the first anti-viral virtual hackaton, directly from living rooms. The objective is to help finding technology solutions to the pandemic, and mitigate economic and societal issues. This via a competition on three themes:

  1. Citizen science: Empowering individuals to work with government and healthcare to stop the virus faster.
  2. Community health: Ensuring a sufficient amount of appropriate resources for communities, and helping the vulnerable.
  3. Mass communication: Unlocking the power of personal data in order to aid mobilisation and coordination of resources.

The event has been organised by the Ethical Tech Alliance, HAT-LAB,  Case Western Reserve University’s xLab, Cleveland Clinic’s Hwang Lab and WMG – University of Warwick, and is sponsored by Dataswift.io.

The anti COVID-19 event organisers: Our goal is to band together to help communities, patients, and their families better using what we know best – technology

The Hack from Home COVID-19 organisers explain in the official site that “ We’re giving people a chance to respond with action, working together to improve the lives of everyone affected by the Coronavirus. Our goal is to band together to help communities, patients, and their families better using what we know best – technology. Hack from home empowers everyone to contribute to the struggle against COVID-19 by building technologies and leveraging their personal data – but this time in an ethical way. Apps and technologies that are built through the hackathon will be created using personal data accounts, giving users full transparency over how their data is being used and the agency to turn it on or off (if they want). We need to ensure that in these difficult times, we don’t allow the surveillance economy to take over. No one should be allowed to hoover up all of our data, and we’re working to avoid a scenario where the world ends up worse than it was before”.

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