Facebook, Microsoft accomplice with WHO for coronavirus hackathon

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The World Health Organization introduced a joint initiative with Facebook, Microsoft and a number of other different tech corporations, aiming to advertise the event of software program to tackle challenges associated to the coronavirus pandemic.

Twitter, WeChat, TikTok, Pinterest, Slack and Giphy are additionally collaborating within the #BuildforCOVID19 hackathon, which is able to announce the highest initiatives on April 3.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes that helpful prototypes and concepts will come out of the initiative. Facebook “features like Blood Donations and Crisis Response were first built during hackathons and are now used by millions of people worldwide”, Zuckerberg stated.

“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”, the initiative says, including that the businesses “will be sharing resources to support participants throughout the submission period”.