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HACK FOR WUHAN Hackathon
March 6, 2020 - March 8, 2020
The unexpected outbreak of COVID-19 has such huge influence that it has developed into a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).
According to the statistics up to February 16 at 19:00, there were a total of 69285 confirmed cases globally, with the number of cured reaching at 9778 and died at 1669.
Despite the difficulties, warm-hearted actions and activities are witnessed during this winter: the ongoing and continued dedication of numerous volunteers, the donation of urgent and necessary materials and supplies nationwide and worldwide, the highly-effective medical infrastructure construction of Huoshenshan Hospital and Leishenshan Hospital, and the support of medical teams from the other provinces of China.
In this fight against the epidemic, technical support plays an essential role. Chen Yueliang, an official with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, once urged tech companies to develop applications for public welfare, which, in his opinion, is “more helpful than donating even one billion yuan”.
We have endeavored to encourage more people into the development of applications and apply the power of technology into this race against the disease.
A 5K-Star Community, An Anti-Coronavirus Battle
In January 2020, a group of enthusiastic developers founded an open source community named Wuhan2020 on GitHub, which is aimed to collect the information of hospitals, hotels, factories, logistics, donations, precaution, therapies, dynamics, etc. Through unified collection and publication process, all parties could share the information, and the social resources could be effectively allocated.
“Trust, Transparency, Technology.” We built Wuhan2020 to achieve these values.
This way of collaboration proved effective. On GitHub, Wuhan2020 was among trending repositories, and has gained over 5,000 stars.
While gaining widespread attention, Wuhan2020 connects over 3,000 volunteers worldwide, including developers, product managers, designers, data analysts, information collectors, translators, media workers, and students. By staff’s working together under the well-arranged mechanism, this community managed to build a digital defensive line against the epidemic.
If you want to join us in this battle and contribute in the open source way, here comes an opportunity, as follows.
Hackthon Awaiting You
As volunteers and developers of Wuhan2020 community, we would like to invite you to our Hackathon: Hack for Wuhan, on 27th and 28th February, 2020. Let us hack together against the global crisis.
We believe hackathon can not only inspire the next billion dollar unicorns, but also help unite mission-driven developers and innovators to combat an international outbreak crisis.
We are looking forward to the novel designs, prototypes, business or social impact models. We believe that all efforts will make a profound impact.
We will provide professional technical supports to your inspiration, and you will have the opportunity to work with mentors from Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Andreessen Horowitz, GSR Venture, Google, Facebook, ByteDance and startups in Silicon Valley, China, and India.
Your every single effort for this fight against COVID-19 wherein all of us could keep the humanitarian spirits and open source values, can compose stories worth telling and precious memories to remember.
Hack for Wuhan Overview
In this online Hackathon, you will team up with other participants to work out creative solutions which can help the fight against the current epidemic of COVID-19.
The event will take place in the form of online Hackathon to encourage participants to work in teams and make creative project proposals to help fight the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic in a span of three days.
- The purpose of the event is to call for more actions to create, including but not limited to, product prototypes, code, user experience design, and business/social influence models, to help fight the COVID-19 epidemic.
- It encourages social innovation, the use of open-source cooperation to help fight the epidemic, and the creation of shared value among volunteers, organisations, enterprises and platforms.
- Dates : March 6-8, 2020
- Form of the Event：The event will be held entirely online. Distributed collaboration is encouraged.
- Competition Content：Each team or individual of the competition is expected to deliver works of design and software development based on data provided by wuhan2020, as well as a video introducing the ideas, works and significance of the works.
The topics are centred on the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, which has become a global public health emergency. Available topics include:
- Labeled data regarding the epidemic
- Innovative applications of related technologies
- Promotion of social good and popularisation of science to the general public
- Proposed solutions to all sorts of social challenges emerged from this public health crisis
Participants are encouraged to deliver their works in a relatively free format, including but not limited to:
- Artistic productions such as videos and animations
- Dynamic webpages
- Open-source data
- Data analytics and prediction models
- Visualisation platforms and websites
- Productions and applications related to the epidemic
- Analysis and investigation reports or proposals
Reviewers and the community will provide rankings to the participants and projects, and award the winners.
Background of Participants
Participants may come from a variety of backgrounds, including but not limited to:
- 1) Contributers to the open-source community (e.g. wuhan2020 and other communities on GitHub) with excellent ideas and prototypes, who are willing to take the undergoing challenge and create shared value.
- 2) Volunteers who would like to increase their social influence with the help of the open-source format.
- 3) Entrepreneurs who are actively taking the challenges facing COVID-19 and the social crisis.
Three types of audience are welcome
- 1) Individuals and teams participating in the contest
- 2) Invitees – reviewers, tutors and specialists (entrepreneurs, venture investors, etc.)
- 3) Anyone who is interested in this event and would like to observe and learn from it
Tutors and Reviewers
- Person in charge from Stanford PACS
- Computer Science Professors from the science and engineering departments of Stanford University, UC Berkeley or MIT
- Product managers from companies including Google, Facebook and ByteDance
- Guests from venture capitals (GSR Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz)
- Entrepreneurs from countries including the United States, India and China
WeChat Group of the Event
Please scan below QR code to add Rob2020 as friend via WeChat and reply with “Hack” to join Hack for Wuhan WeChat group.
Any notification and information regarding the event are going to be published in the WeChat group in time.
If you purchased participants ticket, please fill in the Competition Entry form: https://shimo.im/sheets/H9YqPyTthRqCYj8P/MODOC