COVID-19 Hackathon – Overcoming Struggles of Isolation

If you are searching for some useful experience this summer or feeling lonely because of social distancing, put your efforts into an invaluable experience by participating in the COVID-19 Global Hackathon 2.0. Affected communities including the elderly, homeless, and children, are in dire need of positive solutions amidst the coronavirus outbreak and you can play a vital role in helping!

The pandemic has taken the world by storm, affecting more than 10 million people in more than 150 countries around the globe. The virus has led to an undue level of distress amongst many, with financial instability, sickness, and mental health concerns continuing on an upward trajectory.

As a response to these pressing matters, Devpost, in collaboration with other major companies and nonprofits, has launched the COVID-19 Global Hackathon 2.0 on social and mental health. The initiative aims to kick off a series of innovative solutions for feelings of loneliness that have been caused by social distancing, economic hardship, and isolation.

The project will focus on helping people interact with each other in safe ways, supporting people with limited broadband access, and detecting infections early in a cost-effective manner. It will also focus on creating access to science, communities of color affected by COVID-19, convincing people to wear masks, and avoiding burnout. The hackathon’s primary goal is to work on areas that address the needs of vulnerable groups and improve social connections, mental health, and economic hardships.

Devpost’s program will serve as an exclusive opportunity to work with experts and companies that have proficiency in machine learning, design, hardware, and software programming to assist in your hacks. The submission portal will be open from Friday, July 3rd to Monday, July 13th. Students will then receive valuable feedback and may be selected for further funding and grants!