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TikTok, WeChat Partner With WHO for Coronavirus Hackathon

March 26, 2020 4:17 am

Beijing (PingWest)—Chinese tech firm TikTok, WeChat, and several U.S. tech companies, including Twitter, Pinterest, Slack, and Giphy, are partnering with the World Health Organization (WHO) for the #BuildforCOVID19 hackathon to promote the development of software to take on challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Software developers are encouraged to build projects around topics such as health, vulnerable people, businesses, communities, education, and entertainment. 

These projects will involve technologies that can help support medical workers or scale telemedicine, help vulnerable populations like the elderly stay safe, working on remote learning environments that teachers and schools can use, and promoting social connections as people remain socially isolated. 

The hackathon will accept submissions on Devpost from March 26th to 30th, and popular projects will be announced on April 3.

"As a global technology platform, we've put a great deal of focus into supporting our community by partnering with public health officials to provide trusted resources to help our users stay informed in this uncertain time," Sean Kim, head of product at TikTok US team, said in the announcement released on Mar. 24.

Prior to the hackathon, in order to help to contain the spread of the Covid-19 in China, as the Chinese social network giant, Tencent has launched free online health consultation services via five telemedicine platforms through WeChat, and also opened up its supercomputing facility to help researchers find a cure to the virus.