World Health Organization, Tech Cos. Team Up on #BuildForCOVID19 Global Hackathon

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The World Health Organization is going hacking.

The WHO is teaming up with tech companies including Facebook, Giphy, Microsoft, Pinterest, Slack, Slow Ventures, TikTok, Twitter and WeChat, as well as scientists from the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub and experts from other industries, on the #BuildForCOVID19 global hackathon.

The hackathon, which starts Thursday (March 26), is aimed at finding local and global solutions in the following seven focus areas:

  • Health: Address and scale a range of health initiatives, including preventative/hygiene behaviors (especially for at-risk countries and populations), supporting front-line health workers, scaling telemedicine, contact tracing/containment strategies, treatment and diagnosis development.


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