The World Health Organization (WHO) has partnered with Facebook, Microsoft and several other tech companies for a hackathon to promote the development of software to take on challenges related to COVID 10 outbreak.
The #BuildforCOVID19 hackathon announced on Tuesday and will begin accepting project submissions on Thursday.
Along with Facebook and Microsoft, tech companies Twitter, WeChat, TikTok, Pinterest, Slack and Giphy will also participate.
The tech companies “will share resources to support participants throughout the submission period.”
Facebook “features like Blood Donations and Crisis Response first built during hackathons and now used by millions of people worldwide,” wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promoting the hackathon.
“I’m hopeful that some useful prototypes and ideas will come out of this one as well.”
However, the hackathon will encourage software developers to build projects.
The projects will focus around the themes of health, vulnerable populations, businesses, community, education and entertainment.
The deadline to submit projects is Monday. The hackathon will announce the top projects on April 3.
“Given the isolation currently being experienced within communities right now, we want to create an online space where developers could ideate, experiment and build software solutions to help address this crisis,” reads a description of the hackathon.
Around the world, there are more than 375,498 cases of the coronavirus with at least 16,362 deaths.