Tech companies including Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, WeChat, TikTok and others have partnered with WHO for a hackathon. The partnership will promote the development of software to take on the challenges related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The #BuildforCOVID19 hackathon was announced yesterday and will begin accepting project submissions on Thursday. The hackathon will basically encourage software developers to build projects focused around the themes of health. Including the vulnerable populations, communities, education systems and businesses.
The tech companies “will be sharing resources to support participants throughout the submission period.”
“We’re encouraging YOU -the innovators around the world to #BuildforCOVID19 using technologies of your choice across a range of suggested themes and challenge areas. Some are sourced through health partners including the World Health Organization and scientists at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub,” according to the hackathon portal.
WHO declared Covid -19 a world pandemic and since then, the government have come up with stern measures to guide their citizens to practice social distancing. Companies have also gone ahead to implement a wok form home policy to reduce the chances of spreading it.
“There is high isolation happening within communities right now. We want to create an online space where developers can share ideas, experiment and build software solutions to help address this crisis. We’ve connected with a range of partners including the World Health Organization (WHO) to understand some of the key challenge areas that technological innovation could help solve” added Hackathon.
Key themes of the Covid-19 Hackathon
Some of the topics include the need for accurate disease prevention information around the world in languages/formats that resonate locally. And also regional needs for expertise, resources/supplies and financial support from donors.
Tech companies are free to pick on any theme and submit.
The themes below will help shape the ideas.
- Health: Address and scale a range of health initiatives, including preventative/hygiene behaviours. Especially in at-risk countries and populations. Supporting the frontline health workers, scaling telemedicine, contact tracing/containment strategies, treatment and diagnosis development.
- Vulnerable Populations: These populations mostly include the elderly and the immunocompromised such as access to meals and groceries. As well as supporting those who are losing jobs and income.
- Businesses: Problems that businesses are facing to stay afloat, collaborate effectively and move parts of their business online.
- Community: Promoting new ways to connect to friends, family, and neighbours. Including ways to combat social isolation and the digitizing of public services for local governments.
- Education: Alternative learning environments and tools for students, now that schools have close due to the lockdown. The materials can range from teachers and entire school systems.
- Entertainment: Alternatives to traditional forms of entertainment that can keep the talent and audiences a safe and healthy way from panic and fear.
5 Best Apps You Can Use To Work From Home During The Pandemic
These are the best apps you can use to work home from home during the pandemic.
These are the apps you can use to work from home during the pandemic. Most people have been forced to work from home and that can be destabilizing however during these digital times you really don’t have to slow down operations. With this in mind, it’s important to consider the challenges of getting tasks done from the comfort of your own home – as well as any implications this might have.
Whether you’re an employer or employee these are the best ways to ensure that your employees are still working.
The biggest role Serene plays is blocking access to distracting websites and apps during work sessions while also silencing your phone. Separate studies find it takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back on track after being distracted. This gives you an idea of how much time those email notifications can cost you throughout the day.
Serene asks you to set a daily goal, which can be broken up into multiple work sessions or tasks – as long as they all contribute to the day’s end goal. These sessions run for 20-60 minutes, another feature based on studies that show the human brain tens to start losing focus on a task after 20 minutes.
Slack is a massaging platform designed for teams and it’s the ideal communication tools for remote workers. Instant messaging is organised into channels, which team members can join and leave, as needed, so nobody receives messages or notifications irrelevant to them.
Team members can also chat outside of main topics in separate threads which prevents these messages from interfering with the most project-centric conversations.
Group video meetings and voice calls are made easy with Zoom. Once again, there’s a free version of Zoom, which will be enough for a large chunk of smaller teams.
Crucially, paid versions only require hosts to pay a monthly fee rather than everyone who attends meetings. A host is someone who invites people team members to join meetings but up to 100 participants can join and you (or your company) will only need to upgrade to a paid version if meetings last longer than 40 minutes.
4. Chrome remote desktop
Chrome Remote Desktop allows you to access your computer securely from your phone, tablet or another computer.
Essentially, this means you can access your machine from anywhere, at any time without worrying about any security risks. You can access your computer by typing in an access URL into a web browser or download the mobile app for iOS and Andriod.
The other key function of Chrome Remote Desktop is to connect your device with fellow teammates. This means you can provide access to your computer and receive remote support, allowing colleagues to see your screen and control your computer – perfect for getting technical issues resolved.
5. Google calendar
While Google Calendar is a great free digital calendar, it doesn’t provide some of the advanced features remote workers typically need. A more feature-rich alternative is the aptly named Calendar, which connects all of your calendars into a single interface.
Aside from integrating all of your calendar apps, Calendar’s star feature is the way it handles meetings. Instead of arranging video chats or other meetings with arranging emails between multiple team members, Calendar allows anyone to choose and book meeting times during your availability hours while ensuring there are no conflicts with existing meetings or tasks.
Social Media Influencer Hospitalized After Licking Toilet And Getting Coronavirus
Social media influencer hospitalized licking toilet and getting coronavirus.
A California social media prankster claims he was hospitalized with the coronavirus — just days after posting a video of himself licking a toilet bowl for a nauseating online challenge.
The TikTok personality, known as Larz, reportedly posted footage of himself in a hospital bed on Sunday, according to the Daily Mail.
His account was suspended.
I tested positive for Coronavirus,” the 21-year-old from Beverly Hills tweeted on an account that has since been suspended, the outlet reported.
It comes just two days after the prankster, who goes by the social media handle GayShawnMendes, posted a video himself on Friday running his tongue across a public toilet as part of a bizarre — and widely criticized — “Coronavirus Challenge” on social media.
Mainly on TikTok.
The craze — seen mainly on TikTok, a video-sharing platform — spurs users to post footage of themselves licking everything from toilets to grocery store produce.
It wasn’t clear whether Larz’s apparent infection was linked to the stunt.
It comes as the number of infected Americans soared past 55,500 as of Wednesday afternoon, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The virus has also caused more than 800 deaths across the country.
The social media influencer has previously appeared on the Dr. Phil show, where he drew criticism for boasting about how he’d licked tubs of ice cream before putting them back in store freezers, and claimed he made “lots of money” from his online following.
Posta Kenya and Jumia team up to reduce pick up fee – KBC
Postal Corporation of Kenya has partnered with Jumia to offer a discount on delivery fee for customers.
All customers will only pay 100 shillings plus VAT (Ksh 116) to collect their orders from Postal Pick Up Stations outside Nairobi. This significant partnership is in line with the continuous commitment from Jumia and Posta to ensure that all citizens have access to critical goods during the Coronavirus outbreak.
“We are proud to collaborate with Posta Kenya to reduce the price of delivery for customers countrywide at this critical time. To support communities around the country, we are offering “at cost” last mile delivery for essential products (food, hygiene, etc). This allows customers to get access to critical goods at fair prices at a time when availability& high pricing is a concern for some. E-commerce platforms like ours, with e-payment and last mile delivery capabilities through partners like Posta, are in a good position to be part of Kenya’s response to this pandemic.” said Jumia Kenya CEO, Sam Chappatte.
When shopping on Jumia, customers will have the option to pick-up products from a Post Office closest to them during the checkout process, the products will be dispatched to the selected office for collection.
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“In support of the fight against coronavirus, Posta Kenya has partnered with Jumia to reduce pick up fee to only Kes 116 from all Posta Kenya pick up points outside Nairobi,” said Postmaster General & CEO of The Postal Corporation of Kenya, Dan Kagwe. “In addition, we will avail buckets of clean water plus soap in all our stations to ensure proper hygiene standards in all our pick-up offices,” added Kagwe.
The deal with the State agency will see the Pan-African eCommerce platform deliver the much-needed basic essentials to customers through its vast network of Post offices. This is however targeted only to customers outside Nairobi.
According to the World Health Organization, the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is low. As a result, shopping online is recommended as it reduces the chances of interactions of one coming into contact with different people.
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